Deadline: Jan. 16, 2023

The Office of Technology Transitions' (OTT's) Technology Commercialization Internship is a unique paid opportunity for undergraduate STEM and business students to experience the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) world-class National Lab system, boost their entrepreneurial thinking, and explore energy technology markets.

Interns will have the opportunity to engage with National Laboratory mentors and learn about technologies at their partnered Laboratories. This internship focuses on the business side of technology commercialization where interns will learn skills such as customer discovery, value propositions development, and market sizing. Interns will be expected to apply these skills to their assigned technologies.

Internship Details

  • Administered and managed by OTT, this summer-long program matches students with technologies and mentors from DOE’s National Labs to develop strategies for commercialization.
  • Interns will earn $750 per week and no relocation is required. 
  • Students will learn about cutting edge technologies in fields spanning machine learning and artificial intelligence, computing, data science, biofuels, energy, materials and more.
  • While working with the National Labs, the students also undergo intensive training in commercialization through an Energy I-Corps curriculum.
  • At the end of the summer, students will travel to a National Lab to present their individual work, which will be judged by a panel of technology commercialization experts. Travel arrangements and reimbursement will be provided.
  • The program benefits students by enhancing their education, training them in entrepreneurship and energy technology related fields, and increasing their future marketability in these disciplines.
  • OTT strongly believes in a diverse workforce for the next generation of technology commercialization professionals and therefore encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

Applications are now open for the Technology Commercialization Internship, the deadline to apply is Jan. 16, 2023. Submit your resume, transcript, recommendation, and answers to the following program-specific questions: 

  • Goals: Describe your personal, educational, and professional goals and interests and explain how this opportunity may enable you to achieve those. Describe any experiences or situations that you feel have influenced your interest.
  • Skills: List your professional/technical skills and abilities that are relevant to this opportunity, including knowledge/skills related to specialized laboratory equipment or techniques, computer hardware, software, or computer languages and/or applications.
  • Professional Experience: Detail any research, technical and/or professional experience that was focused on technology development, technology commercialization, and/or entrepreneurship.
  • Personal Experience: Tell us about how your life’s experiences and beliefs, background, and interests have shaped who you are, led you to your current academic/career path, and contributed to a unique perspective for impacting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in technology commercialization. 

OTT recognizes that diversity is a critical element in the development and advancement of new concepts and ideas, and that students’ potential for success goes beyond academic background and experiences. As part of the next generation of thought leaders and researchers, interns will have a unique opportunity to influence the impact of technology commercialization may have in our nation.

2022 Highlights

The 2022 program welcomed 19 students from various backgrounds, universities, geographical locations, and majors across the United States. Over 60% of the interns represented disadvantaged communities. Within a month of program completion, nearly 20% of the interns received internship extensions or offers, and another 15% of interns are in process of receiving offers from Labs. Furthermore, six of the interns expect to participate in the 2023 EnergyTech University Prize to continue their energy entrepreneurship journey.

Testimonials

"I learned a great deal about the necessity that a product or service meet a real and established need in order to create a viable business, and I learned a great deal about performing market research, networking, and developing the interpersonal skills and relationships necessary to help a budding business find success." – Brett Reamon 

"Energy I-Corps taught me some important things to consider when thinking about commercializing a product and the detailed ways to build an efficient business ecosystem. With this course, I was able to apply it to the multiple projects I worked on allowing me to become more comfortable and familiar with the process." – Kadijat Alakiu 

"I learned so much about entrepreneurship via the Energy I-Corps curriculum as well as the fireside chats. I think the main takeaway that I got was that to understand your market, you really need to go out and see what problems potential customers are having. That is the only way to know for sure if your product really is going to be desirable and useful." – William Rong

Projects

National Lab Project
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  • Analysis of Commercial Opportunities for Intellectual Property 
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Brookhaven National Lab
  • Semiconductor-Based Radiation Detector Systems 
  • Transgenic Plant Factories for Production of Biofuels and Industrially Relevant Chemicals 
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Idaho National Lab logo
  • Cyber Security Technology Commercialization Opportunity 
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Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Logo
  • Develop an Opportunity Landscape for Wastewater Treatment and Environmental Remediation Applications of Accelerator Technologies 
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  • Market and Partner Analysis for National Security Technologies 
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  • Promoting and Marketing Solderless Interconnects for Narrow Cascaded Printed Circuit Boards 
  • Market Intelligence Analysis for Advanced High Throughput Device for Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water at Low Cost 
  • Market Intelligence Analysis for A Universal Method to Integrate and Express Pathways in Broad Range of Bacteria 
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  • Subsurface Optical Sensing for CO2 and/or Wastewater Injection Leakage Early Warning Measurements 
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • High Strength Lignin-acrylonitrile Polymer Blend Materials 
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  • Market appraisal and customer engagement for soft magnetic materials in engines 
  • Electronic Textiles for Commercial Applications 
  • Climate Change and Entrepreneurship in New Mexico 
  • Lead Entrepreneur – Commercialization, focus on machine learning 
  • Lead Entrepreneur – CAD modeling to VR 
  • Customer Discovery Leading to a U.S. Source for Rare Earth Metals 

 

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