Careers & Internships

Employment at the office of Technology Transfer & Business Development


Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally-renowned health and research university. Not only is OHSU Oregon's only academic health center, but it's also Portland's largest employer. The office of Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD) manages and assesses the commercial potential of research and innovative ideas to bring research from the laboratory to the marketplace for public benefit. Our staff members are the most important asset in our pursuit to provide exceptional research and community service. Team members enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, as well as a challenging and dynamic work environment. 


We currently have the following openings at TTBD:

• Senior Technology Development Manager - Knight Cancer Institute
• Vice President, Technology Transfer & Business Development

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TTBD Internship Opportunities: General Information

Technology Transfer & Business Development interns provide a valuable service by assisting with technology development and the transition of technology from laboratory to market for the benefit of the public. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Past TTBD interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.

Program structure:
• TTBD has openings for unpaid internships twice each year. Internships during the academic school year start at the beginning of the fall term and span approximately 34 weeks. During this period, interns are expected to volunteer 8-10 hours per week in the TTBD office, with up to 8 weeks off. In the summer, TTBD offers an accelerated internship program that spans 10 weeks and requires interns to volunteer 20-25 hours every week.
• The program has three tracks: technology transfer, business development, and patent. TTBD interns will be generally exposed to all three areas, but will focus on a single track.
• Regardless of the track, each internship begins with an instruction phase that covers essential topics related to technology transfer, business development, and intellectual property. Interns also receive training on using the tools and systems that they will utilize during the subsequent project phase.
• During the project phase, interns are assigned a project (or multiple projects) and work closely with a mentor from the TTBD staff until completion. Internships conclude with interns presenting their project(s) to TTBD staff and other stakeholders.

In order to qualify for a TTBD internship, candidates must:
• Hold a bachelor's degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering
• Currently be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law
• Have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal
• If you'd like to learn more about the program, please contact