Careers & Internships
Employment within the OHSU office of Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD)
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) 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 TTBD office 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. To search for career opportunities within OHSU or TTBD please go to: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/services/human-resources/
TTBD has the current openings:
• Patent Associate, TTBD
• Senior Technology Development Manager, Knight Cancer Institute
• Entrepreneur in Residence (Temporary)
• Agreements Officer
Internship Opportunities at TTBD
- TTBD has openings for unpaid internships twice each year. Internships during the academic school year start at the beginning of 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.
- Hold a bachelor's degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering.
- 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.
- Be able to commit to volunteering 20 – 25 hours per week for the entirety of the summer 2015 term (6/22/2015 – 8/28/2015). Volunteers need to be present for the entirety of the 10 week program.
The summer 2015 internship application process will open in April 2015. Submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following attachments:
- Professional resume or curriculum vitae
- Cover letter that states the applicant's preferred internship track, the applicant's career aspirations, and what the applicant hopes to achieve by participating in the internship program
- Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or graduate mentor
- Permission letter from the applicant's advisor and program director to participate in TTBD's internship program, if applicant is from OHSU
Past TTBD interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.