Working with Students

I2C Summer Fellowship

The Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Fellowship is a student-centered and highly selective program administered biennially by the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) and sponsored by McCormick School of Engineering, Kellogg School of Management, Pritzker School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. This opportunity offers graduate students (Master's, PhD, MBA, and JD candidates) first-hand experience in handling intellectual property as it pertains to academia. Whether a student is innovative and/or entrepreneurial, this fellowship is a practical way to be exposed to the entire commercialization process. Regardless of experience level, all students at the participating schools are encouraged to apply for one of the 9 paid fellow positions. The program runs for 8 weeks during the summer. 

INVO Practicum

The INVO Practicum attracts Northwestern graduate students and post-docs who have deep technical knowledge and are interested in expanding their understanding of where science meets business and law.  The internship offers exposure to the technology transfer process as well as being exposed to the vast areas of innovation at Northwestern. Interns gain hands-on experience in evaluating technologies for patentability and marketability, as well as be expected to effectively communicate their findings with INVO staff. Two cohorts run per year: January to June and June to December.

N.XT Associates  

N.XT Associates are Northwestern graduate students trained to evaluate commercial opportunities and create market summaries for every N.XT application. N.XT Associates can expect to gain exposure to the diligence process involved in executing venture capital transactions.  N.XT Associates come from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Associates are hired as needed for each round of investments.

Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center

The Entrepreneurship Law Center is a clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Through the commitment of top attorneys and law students at the Northwestern University School of Law, the ELC provides legal services to entrepreneurs focusing on job creation and economic development in the Chicago area.

Visit their website to submit a client request, which is typically considered in June, August, and December. Please note that due to the high volume of demand, the Center is unable to provide services for all applicants. The Entrepreneurship Law Center charges fees for services which vary based on the time and complexity of work involved. Except in the case of nonprofits with limited budgets, a $500 fee is charged for the initial client meeting. If the client requests additional services from the Center, the initial fee will be credited toward additional fees. The Center bills on a project basis, rather than on an hourly basis. All incidental related expenses (e.g. filing fees, etc.) are the responsibility of the client. Call 312.503.3420 for more information.

Segal Design Institute

The process of working on real projects for real clients is essential to the student experience at the Segal Design Institute. Every Segal program relies on outside clients, from our flagship freshman course, Design Thinking and Communication (DTC), to our professional master’s programs. We welcome project proposals from individuals, corporations, and community organizations. Classes run in the Fall (late September-early December), Winter (January-mid March) and Spring (April-mid June). 

  • Design Thinking and Communication (DTC): Contact Jake Pollock. Freshman course. User-centered, solution-independent and feasible for freshman to complete within 2 months
  • Advanced Projects for engineering, design and business students: Contact Kim Hoffman.  Upper level course. Sponsor an open-ended design innovation project

McCormick’s Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at McCormick School of Engineering offers access to a job board to post short-term or full-time opportunities at startups or larger companies.Visit the website for more information.

Kellogg Medical Product Commercialization Lab

This Kellogg course offers students an experiential learning opportunity to work directly in the commercialization process for innovative, pre-commercial medical product technologies. Students will be placed on four-to-five member teams based on their skills, experience and interests. Each team will function as consultants working with select Northwestern startup companies. Each company will present their technology on the first day of class, after which students will select their top three choices and will be matched by the faculty advisers on a first come basis. Once matched, students will work with their respective companies to build a complete company investor deck that will be delivered to a panel of industry and finance experts at the end of the term. The insights from this hands-on course will be most beneficial to students with an interest in entrepreneurship, product design, intellectual property, early stage financing and medical product marketing.

Contact Katie Arnold for more information.

NUvention Courses

Interdisciplinary NUvention courses offered through the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation are open to students from all of Northwestern's various schools.  They are designed to expose students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle and help them understand how innovations can become viable businesses in the real world.