Innovation Intern Program

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Update: We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester as all positions are currently filled.

The USC Stevens Innovation Intern Program offers a competitive paid internship to USC students who wish to gain experience in technology assessment, market research, and new venture planning. Innovation Interns roll up their sleeves and strategize firsthand how new technologies might go from idea to market. This opportunity allows interns to contribute to new approaches in innovation management in an entrepreneurial culture within USC – a bold and forward-thinking academic institution.

Innovation Interns receive training and mentorship to work in several areas, including intellectual property management, technology commercialization, and corporate collaborations and strategic alliances. Interns support USC Stevens in its mission to help USC innovators maximize societal and market impact with their breakthrough ideas.

Job duties:

  • Review invention disclosures submitted by USC inventors
  • Assess technologies and perform prior art searches
  • Perform market research to understand the competitive environment
  • Evaluate potential market opportunities for each technology and their value proposition in a given market
  • Write non‐confidential disclosure summaries (NCDs) of an invention for marketing purposes
  • Identify potential commercialization/licensing partners and business contacts relevant to each technology
  • Assist in the evaluation of license terms by researching comparable transactions
  • Research technology trends in multiple industry sectors
  • Map research expertise of USC faculty members against a particular industry lead
  • Write non-confidential summaries of USC research capabilities tailored to specific industry/company
  • Perform data entry and other duties as needed

How to Apply:

  • Applicants should submit their resume and completed questionnaire to innovation_interns@stevens.usc.edu.
  • Applicants who meet the initial requirements will be emailed three case studies based on the area of interest. The applicant must select one case study that best demonstrates their knowledge and expertise. Please note the case study may take approximately five hours (or more) to complete. Responses to the questions must demonstrate knowledge on the case study, based on the material provided and the research conducted.
  • Applicants who meet the final requirements will be contacted for either a preliminary phone interview or an in-person interview.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • USC students currently enrolled in a graduate level program in a scientific or technical subject area and USC post-doctoral fellows
  • Strong writing skills with an interest in technology commercialization and industry partnerships
  • Ability to commit to at least 2 semesters and work 8-10 hours per week during the academic year and up to 30 hours per week during summer

Towards the end of the internship, the Innovation Interns will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of achievement by passing a written exam and by successfully completing a project presentation.

Please review the FAQ.