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 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 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.

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 six 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

Materials Transfer Agreement Legal Fellows assist in the review and process of standard incoming and outgoing contracts for the transfer of tangible materials in and out of UF. Not accepting applications.

Multimedia 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. Not accepting applications

Prior Art Fellows, typically second- or third-year law students, determine the commercial viability of new inventions and analyze parent literature. Not accepting applications

Writing Fellows write marketing materials for technologies and identify potential industries or investors. Currently accepting applicationsSee How to Apply below

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

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 15-20 hours per week between 8a and 5p Monday through Friday and commitment to work a minimum of two semesters
  • Ability to review materials and draw out the most important information
  • Ability to maintain 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 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

Materials Legal Fellow Qualifications

  • Incoming 2nd or 3rd year law students enrolled at UF
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in patent law preferred
  • Proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to understand and apply standard operating procedures, and applicable rules/regulation/policies
  • Strong academic performance
  • An interest in technology/invention transfer/commercialization preferred
  • Strong scientific/technical background (esp.: biology, chemistry) preferred
  • An interest in technology/invention transfer/commercialization preferred

Multimedia 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, including the hours you are available to work, to Sharon Lu.

How to apply- Multimedia

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.