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Commercialization Analysts 

Join Our Team: Internship Opportunity at the Intersection of Business, Science & Law

The Office of Technology Management is seeking MBA, J.D., and Ph.D. candidates to join its paid commercialization analyst intern program, starting Summer 2016 and lasting through Spring 2017.  

Interns will develop an understanding of intellectual property law, market & industry analysis, and introductory licensing methods and strategies. 

Who We Are

We are the Office at UIUC responsible for protecting and commercializing innovations developed at the UIUC.

Who Can Apply

MBA students, Law students, Ph.D. students in any science field (Ph.D. students must have approval from their advisors before a job can be accepted). 

What Will You Do

Working with members of OTM staff, you will talk with UIUC inventors/innovators to understand their innovation, then perform a patentability analysis (we have tools and training for this) and perform a market analysis (we have tools and training for this). You will compile your results into a presentation that you will make to OTM staff, suggesting a path forward for the innovation. During this entire process, OTM staff will mentor you. We will take you to law firms and Chicago start-ups and incubators as part of your training process.

What Will You Learn

Besides learning a bit of patent law, market analysis and some business law, you will learn about entrepreneurship, negotiating and licensing.

Why Work At OTM

Many universities have copied the UIUC OTM intern program. Employers recognize the OTM intern program as a great training ground for patent attorneys, market analysis, entrepreneurs, etc. And we have fun.

Application Deadline

February 12, 2016 (Law students submit via OCI process)

Internship Details

Pay rate: $19.50/hour
Timing: May 16, 2016 - May 2017, except for UIUC holidays and finals' week.
Hours: Summer months - 35 hours/week; Class months: 10 hours/week (Ph.D. candidates only work 35 hours/week the first two weeks)

To Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to: OTM Associate Director Steve Wille via email at

Information Sessions

Join us at any of the following sessions for pizza and more information.

ECE Building                         Roger Adams Lab                Law Building
Room 4026                           Room 117                              Room A
Monday, Jan. 25                   Tuesday, Jan. 26                 Wednesday, Jan. 27
Noon - 12:50                         Noon - 12:50                        Noon - 12:50
BIF (Business)                      GSLIS                                    Siebel Center
Room 3039                          Room 109                             Room 2405
Tuesday, Jan. 26                  Wednesday, Jan. 27           Thursday, Jan, 28
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.                   Noon - 12:50                        Noon - 12:50

Communications Intern

The Office of Technology Management seeks an enthusiastic and responsible student to help with communication functions.

Who We Are

The Office of Technology Management is committed to helping our interns advance their education and their career goals. We provide our interns with resume-building experience in many different areas of communications and tailor the position to their interests & skills as much as possible.


  • Strong writing skills are a must!
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator) is preferred.

What Will You Do

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing and proofreading content such as press releases, tweets, blog posts, feature stories, newsletters and email blasts
  • Designing brochures, flyers and sell sheets
  • Helping manage the OTM's social media presence
  • Identifying strategies and tools to maximize the OTM website as a communications vehicle
  • Distributing press releases and stories and working across campus to get OTM stories placed on appropriate sites and in appropriate publications
  • Advertising OTM events to the campus community
  • Assisting at OTM campus events as appropriate
  • Updating the OTM website with current information

Application Deadline

December 4, 2015

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Nicole Nair, Assistant Director for Marketing & Communications
Office of Technology Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
319 Ceramics Building
105 South Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Internship Details

Pay rate: $14/hour
Start date: January 2016 (Spring Semester)
Hours: The position requires 10 hours/week during the academic year and reports to the OTM's Assistant Director for Marketing & Communications.