Internship Program

About the TLO

The MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO) works closely with the MIT community of inventors including students, faculty, and postdocs as well as members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem (industry, venture capitalists, law firms, and other entrepreneurial entities) to identify, protect, and license technologies that may have significant impact on the world through futher development and commercialization.

Our Mission Statement reads:

In the spirit of MIT’s mission to advance knowledge, the TLO moves innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT’s global impact. We cultivate an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence and bridge connections from MIT’s research community to industry and startups by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.

Internship Program

The TLO is seeking current MIT PhD students with a strong interest in technology transfer to join our internship program as marketing interns for the 2018/2019 academic year. The TLO internship program is open to applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and who have a background in life sciences, physical sciences, or business disciplines. 

The marketing interns work closely with the licensing staff to analyze the commercial potential of early stage technology and craft marketing collateral for potential third party industry developers.

Program Highlights

  • Through the course of the year-long program, acquire an introduction to the field of technology transfer, intellectual property management, and marketing
  • Develop a network of professionals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem including interactions with TLO professional staff who have years of industry experience and connections with other researchers who are interested in commercializing scientific technology
  • Acquire marketable skills and learn about other career paths
  • Participate in special training and seminars on relevant topics throughout the year


  • Generate non-confidential marketing briefs by reviewing available scientific documentation, disclosures, and patent applications, synthesizing the information into a concise marketing summary
  • Develop marketing analysis reports
  • Other special projects as needed 


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong scientific/technical background
  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer
  • Ability to research complex scientific concepts in a variety of fields and clearly and concisely synthesize the findings into a marketing summary for general audiences
  • Self-motivated and an eagerness to learn


  • Current MIT PhD student
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Commitment and availability to work 10 hours/week (during the spring and fall semesters) for a minimum of one academic year
  • Background in life sciences, physical sciences, and/or buisness development disciplines.
  • MIT PhD students must obtain permission from their PI and/or faculty advisor prior to submitting an application. 

Application Process

  • Submit a letter of interest, current resume, and a professional writing sample to
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted for an initial interview process
  • Succesful candidates will be asked to complete a writing test and participate in additional interviews

Please submit any questions about the internship program or application process to Karen Baird (