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 UF Innovate | Tech Licensing  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.

 

 

UF Innovate | Tech Licensing offers paid fellowships 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 UF Innovate | Tech Licensing 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.

Fellows 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.

 

The Fellows Program offers five tracks:

    • Marketing Fellows research companies to assemble targeted contact lists to segment marketing of UF’s high-tech inventions available to license. Currently accepting applicationsSee How to Apply below
    • Materials Transfer Agreement Fellows maintain detailed and precise records of all MTA activities in and out of UF. Currently accepting applicationsSee How to Apply below
    • Patent Fellows execute prior-art searches on technologies developed by UF researchers. These searches help to inform decisions to market technologies for licensing. Currently accepting applicationsSee How to Apply below
    • Writing Fellows write marketing materials for technologies and identify potential industries or investors. Currently accepting applicationsSee How to Apply below
    • Social media Fellows communicate big ideas in succinctly written social media posts and prepare diagrams, charts and other graphics to use as visual communications for print, email, websites, video and social media. Currently accepting applicationsSee How to Apply below

 

Fellows positions are paid and benefits include access to startups and other entrepreneurial professionals who work in UF Innovate | Tech Licensing The HUB, where the Tech Licensing office is located. The first building in Innovation Square, The Hub is a unique business incubator that shortens the journey from discovery to the marketplace for Florida’s tech startup companies.

 

Do not call for information about these positions.

Minimum Qualifications for all Fellows

  • Graduate students or upper-level undergraduate students enrolled at UF
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Availability for 12-20 hours per week between 8a and 5p Monday through Friday and commitment to work a minimum of two semesters
  • Not employed elsewhere on campus
  • Ability to review materials and draw out the most important information
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of all work-related information
  • Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Professional demeanor and dress
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good organizational skills
  • Strong academic performance

Marketing Fellows Qualifications

  • An understanding of market segmentation and general company operations
  • Experience in either marketing or business management
  • Experience using various business databases available through the UF library- we love a good NAICS code here!
  • Experience with Excel, MailChimp, databases, and/or CRM

Materials Fellow Qualifications

  • Upper-level undergraduate students or law students enrolled at UF
  • Available to work 15-20 hours/week Mon- Fri between 8a and 5p with a minimum of one calendar year commitment
  • Ability to use a database to accurately record and retrieve information
  • Strong knowledge of computers: Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and the ability to use a database to accurately record and retrieve information

Social media Fellows Qualifications

  • Social media experience
  • Proficiency in Adobe CC 
  • An interest in science or an interest in science and technology transfer
  • Experience in either entrepreneurial marketing or translational science/health communication

Prior Art Fellows Qualifications

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

Writing Fellows Qualifications

  • A background in science or an interest in science and technology transfer
  • Experience in either entrepreneurial marketing or translational science/health communication
  • Working knowledge of Adobe CC 

How to apply- Marketing

Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline.

How to apply- Materials Transfer Agreements

Email a statement expressing your interest, your resume/CV, your transcript and your hours of availability to Penelope Gianelli.

How to apply- Social media

Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, links, #tags or @usernames that show your work, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to complete a writing assessment and interview.

How to apply- Prior Art

Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline.

How to apply- Writing

Email a statement expressing your interest in this position, your resume/CV, and an indication of your available hours during the semester (as ONE document please) to Michelle Friedline. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to complete a technical writing assessment and interview.

Do not call for information about these positions.