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INVO Practicum

The INVO Practicum is an unpaid internship program open to all Northwestern students and post-docs who are interested in learning more about the technology transfer process as well as being exposed to the vast areas of innovation at Northwestern. The interns will gain hands-on experience in evaluating Northwestern technologies for patentabilty, marketability and commercialization readiness. In addition, they will be expected to effectively communicate their findings with INVO staff and faculty inventors. The Practicum has trained and mentored 27 graduate students, postdocs and research professors from McCormick, Feinberg, and Weinberg since January 2015. Subsequent to their internships, they have been placed in university tech transfer offices including MIT and Rice, IP Law Firms, consulting firms and industry.  The INVO Practicum is open to all Northwestern students and post-docs who want to learn more about the technology transfer process and gain exposure to the vast areas of innovation at Northwestern.

Program Requirements

This program requires attendance at training sessions and a commitment of 10 hours per week over a six-month period. The interns will gain hands-on experience in evaluating technologies for patentability and marketability as well as be expected to effectively communicate their findings with INVO staff.

Desired Qualifications

Session Dates

Two cohorts run per year: January to June and June to December. Both 2017 sessions are full. 

INVO will begin accepting applications for 2018 in fall 2017.

Apply for INVO Practicum

To apply for the Practicum, submit the following materials:

Applications will be reviewed in the November/December or May/June timeframe. Interviews will occur in the same time period. 

Submission by the early application deadline is recommended. Applications may be accepted after the regular deadline if space is available.  

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