Tech Transfer and Industry Collaboration Internship Program


The Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (OTTIC) at Tufts University is launching a paid five-month internship program open to current graduate students and postdocs at Tufts who have a background in life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering, and a strong interest in the business side of science. The program will start in October 2023 through March 2024 with possibility of extension upon the discretion of the supervisor and the OTTIC Senior Director. This internship program requires a commitment of five to seven hours per week on the side of the student/postdoc.

At the beginning of the program, members of the OTTIC will instruct the interns on the basics of technology transfer including invention evaluation, intellectual property management, marketing and commercialization strategies, licensing contracts. Once the training phase is completed, each intern will be paired with one or more tech transfer professionals in the office to apply these learnings to real-world Tufts inventions primarily by assessing and evaluating new disclosures, and by contributing to the technology marketing campaigns organized by the office.

Given that tech transfer lies at the intersection of different disciplines, this is a great opportunity to acquire highly marketable skills and explore alternative career paths that require scientific expertise.


  • Must be a graduate/PhD student or postdoc with a scientific background currently enrolled in any discipline at Tufts University.
  • Can commit 5-7 hours per week to work at the OTTIC with primary location at 75 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111. Occasionally, meetings and trainings may take place at the Medford campus (location TBD).
  • Is in good academic standing and has received approval from academic supervisor to participate in the program.


Please submit the following information by or before September 15th, 2023, via email to

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Written permission from research advisor or faculty advisor

Please note that OTTIC cannot guarantee acceptance to the program to every applicant, and that completion of the internship does not imply an offer of employment.