Internship FAQ

 


How do I apply for this internship opportunity?

The application process has three steps:

  1. Applicants should submit their resume and completed questionnaire to innovation_interns@stevens.usc.edu.
  2. USC Stevens seeks interns who have demonstrated strong academic success coupled with a desire to enter the business world. Applications with strong cover letters that describe how education and business experience will impact USC Stevens are preferred.
  3. Applicants who meet the needs of USC Stevens will be contacted for either a preliminary phone interview or an in-person interview.

What internship opportunities are available?

There are opportunities available with the Technology Commercialization team (life sciences and physical sciences), Corporate Collaborations (life sciences and physical sciences), and the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program. Note: legal externships are a separate program and those positions can be applied for here.

Technology Commercialization interns will support the team by analyzing the viability and commercial potential of key USC inventions, draft cogent descriptions of new technologies and various applications, conduct detailed technology and market assessments, perform commercialization outreach, and draft non-confidential summaries of the new inventions as marketing tools. Additionally, these interns may help develop marketing strategies and help both develop and implement marketing strategies for licensing portfolios.

Corporate Collaborations interns will research and document: USC research assets and capabilities, industry market trends within life sciences, physical sciences or digital media, draft non-confidential summaries and bios of USC investigators, assist in the planning, scheduling, and execution of meetings with USC faculty and industry prospects, evaluate and develop collaboration strategies.

Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program interns will conduct market assessments (involving both primary and secondary research) and prepare detailed business feasibility studies for new technologies; and will evaluate and develop business models and market penetration strategies.

We will update this page soon regarding which internship tracks will have openings for Summer 2016.

 


What is the program commitment?

Interns are required to commit to at least six months, working 15-20 hours each week, during spring, fall, and summer terms.

For the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program track, interns are asked to commit 15-20 hours each week during the spring term only (approximately January to May 15th).

Interns work in the USC Stevens office during normal office hours between 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. This ensures that the interns have access to the staff and resources to successfully complete their duties. Interns will not have access to the office after hours.


What are the requirements?

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a USC  student with preference given to graduate students (Master’s, Ph.D., J.D., MBA) pursuing degrees in science, engineering, or digital media. Additionally, there is a strong preference for interns with an existing exposure to classes or other experiences related to intellectual property (IP) or patent law. In some cases, USC Stevens will entertain interns for those students who will complete their degrees immediately prior to the internship beginning; these are classified as fixed term project employees. If you are applying for an internship and meet this criterion, please be sure to mention that in your application.

Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills. Applicants must be able to work independently, be self-motivated, and have the ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely fashion as well as have a desire to learn and grow. Applicants must be passionate about emerging technologies and entrepreneurship. Applicants must be able to present themselves professionally, both in the office, as well as at meetings with faculty and industry as needed.

To ensure quality work and open communication between advisors and interns, USC Stevens makes sure that both the Ph.D. applicants and their advisors understand the time commitment and requirements of the internship. Approval from the applicant’s advisor/PI and department must be obtained prior to contacting the Graduate School. Each Ph.D. application is handled on a case-by-case basis.


Are international students eligible?

Yes, to be considered for the USC Stevens Innovation Intern Program, you must have the appropriate documentation as listed on the USC Office of International Services (USC OIS) website.


What experience can I gain as an intern and how can it help shape my career goals and future aspirations?

USC Stevens is not an academic center. Your internship will offer you the chance to use the knowledge you have already gained in your studies and, more importantly, the importance of using your learning skills quickly to become knowledgeable in a wide range of science and technology. The internship allows you to become a vital part of the process of taking academic research to market by understanding how to assess emerging technologies while also analyzing the potential of those technologies to impact current and future markets. Whether your goal is a career in academia and you want to understand how to work with industry, or your goal is to enter the private sector and find ways to capitalize on breakthrough ideas, innovation interns finish their term with strong foundations to move in either direction.


Is training provided to the intern?

All interns will receive on-the-job training under close supervision and mentorship in order to maximize the internship experience for both parties. Many projects will be provided that allow for independent work while some internship projects might require extensive shadowing of technology licensing managers, depending on the needs of the office and the demonstrated skills of the intern.