IAC Intern Program
Senior Licensing Officer
Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization
As part of Auburn University’s ongoing efforts to take inventions created by researchers into the marketplace, the Office of Innovation Advancement & Commercialization (IAC) routinely hires students for Commercialization Project Internships. These positions assist in the assessment, marketing and licensing of Auburn technologies. Typical projects include:
- Technical assessment of inventions to determine commercial viability and patentability, including patent searches.
- Technology Marketing, e.g., preparing materials for technologies, identifying and contacting appropriate outside parties — typically by email.
- Market research and financial assessment to determine viability of certain technologies as candidates for start-up companies. Follow-on work could include business plan drafting or customer discovery.
- Media interns can also be brought on to work on promotional/educational materials (print and video; see above) and social media management.
- Internships run year round, with the majority of hiring occurring in the spring for the summer internship program.
- Minimum 20 hours/week during the summer, 10 hours/week during the fall and spring. More/fewer hours negotiable.
- Professional environment: Professional dress, communications, productivity expected.
- Rate of pay for 2019-2020 academic year: $13/hr for undergraduate students; $15/hr for graduate students.
- Interns have written patent applications, ordered prototypes, and executed road-shows.
- IAC Twitter account and Facebook/LinkedIn pages launched through intern program.
- Technologies marketed by interns have led to several option and license agreements.
- Many interns feel the program helped them land job interviews and gain valuable skills.
- Work in a business environment with team-based projects, deadlines and deliverables.
- In-depth interaction with multiple business and academic disciplines.
- Hands-on experience with web, email and phone-based marketing efforts.
- Team-based projects from idea stage to licensing and/or business plan creation.
- Real-world experience for a resume with insight into potential cutting-edge industries.
- Developing a potential network across a range of business and governmental entities.
- Satisfaction of contributing towards public betterment and the university’s mission.
- Class credit available for marketing majors (see home department for details).
Qualifications (for marketing interns):
- Required: ability to multitask; excellent communication skills; experience with Microsoft Office suite and internet research; professional work habits.
- Preferred: technical, legal or business majors/degrees; experience in team or project management settings; experience with marketing, business plans or commercialization.
- Qualifications for media interns will vary.