Fellows Program

Some of the OTL Fellows: Michelle Barnett, MTA Fellow; Jackie Joiner, Social Media/Marketing Fellow; Ryan Chastain-Gross, Marketing/Patent Fellow; Christel Harlacher, Patent Fellow; and Amy Emerson, Marketing Fellow.

Some of the OTL Fellows: Michelle Barnett, MTA Fellow; Jackie Joiner, Social Media/Marketing Fellow; Ryan Chastain-Gross, Marketing/Patent Fellow; Christel Harlacher, Patent Fellow; and Amy Emerson, Marketing Fellow.

OTL offers a paid fellowship program in technology management and commercialization, commonly referred to as technology transfer. Technology transfer is the practice of transferring inventions from the research lab to the marketplace to benefit the public, and is an interesting blend of science, business, and law. Fellows work closely with professionals at OTL on a part-time basis, providing support in various aspects of technology management, including invention assessments and marketing. Participation in the Fellows Program is a unique educational experience that offers students the opportunity to contribute to the commercialization of UF technologies.

The Fellows Program offers three tracks, a patent track, a marketing track, and a material transfer agreements track. Patent Fellows, typically second- or third-year law students, determine the commercial viability of new inventions and analyze parent literature. Marketing Fellows develop marketing materials and identify potential licensees or investors.  MTA fellows delve into the realm of material transfer agreements, helping make sense and order of the data that comes through our office. All are exposed to a unique blend of disciplines and a variety of projects that a technology transfer officer might face each day. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore a career that requires broad scientific expertise, business insight, and legal acumen to convert basic research into practical applications.

MTA Fellow Position: OTL typically hires one MTA student a year to help with our Material Transfer Agreements.  Read more about the position

Required Credentials

All Fellows (specific requirements for marketing or patent fellowships follow)

  • Graduate students or upper level undergraduate students enrolled at UF
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Commitment and availability for 12 to 15 hours per week between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday (minimum of two semesters)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all work-related information
  • Professional demeanor and dress
  • Strong attention to detail; good organizational skills
  • Strong academic performance

Marketing Fellows

  • Relevant writing experience
  • An interest in science and/or technology transfer
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suites, social media and email newsletters

Patent Fellows

  • Demonstrated interest in patent law
  • Second- or third-year law students
  • Strong scientific/technical background
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Interns are paid, and will be provided a parking pass for working hours at OTL’s offices in the Innovation Hub at UF.

To apply

Send a resume or CV in an email expressing your interest and availability to Marketing Associate Sara Dagen. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to complete a technical writing assessment and interview.