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Catalyst Awards Internship Program provides an opportunity to learn about early translational research and the process of translating academic discoveries into products that benefit patients. Currently there are two tracks.  One track runs parallel to the Catalyst Awards Program and allows the interns to observe the events of the awards program, including participating in the application review process and learning from industry expert advisors during the pitch presentations and participating in the discussions between the UCSF researchers and industry experts during Catalyst consultations. The other track involves participating in putting together Target Product Profiles (TPPs) for Catalyst Awardees and having the opportunity to hear the feedback from the industry experts. In addition, all the interns will participate in small group discussions with Catalyst advisors on topics related to product development and careers in industry. The program will expose interns to the industry perspective in evaluating the potential of scientific discoveries to lead to products. The interns will develop appreciation for issues such as defining unmet needs, assessing commercialization potential and development feasibility for an early-stage idea, and defining key milestones on the development path. The program is of value to those interested in doing translational research, either in an academic or industry setting.


UCSF students (graduate or professional), post-doctoral fellows, medical residents and clinical fellows.

Participation Requirements 

20-30 hours over the period of 5 months for review of proposals and attendance at the pitch presentations and consultation sessions or participation in putting together the Target Product Profiles and attending the sessions where those are presented to industry advisors.

The Fall 2018 application window has closed. Please check back in Spring 2019!

For more information, contact:

Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD, PMP
[email protected] 

The UCSF Technology Management (Licensing) Internship Program in the Office of Technology Management  (OTM) offers a unique opportunity for interested individuals to gain exposure and experience in the area of university technology commercialization and intellectual property management.  Interns work closely with Technology Licensing Officers on a part-time basis, assisting with technology assessments.  The goal of the program is to offer support for the Licensing Team while providing a useful educational experience for the Interns.

The major duties for the Intern would be new technology evaluations (for patentability and commercial viability purposes) and putting together marketing material for new technologies (non-confidential disclosures and generating company lists tailored to each specific technology and finding the appropriate contact people at these companies). 

This is a part-time internship.  Interns need to be currently enrolled in or have completed a Ph.D. program in the Life Sciences or Engineering. We expect our interns to commit 10 hrs/week for at least six months.  Interns are also expected to attend weekly staff meetings and inventor meetings, so local candidates only.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To inquire about opportunities and to apply for the internship, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] or [email protected].

OTM is proud to be part of an organization that helps pave new paths for researchers to take discoveries from their labs or clinics to the commercial marketplace. Currently, we are looking for a part-time marketing intern to assist the Marketing and Licensing Team to connect our inventions with the right industry partners. The marketing intern will learn and gain exposure in the area of university technology commercialization, academic-industry partnerships, and intellectual property.

  1. Generate marketing materials
  2. Conduct research on potential licensees (companies): company areas of interests, appropriate contacts, etc
  3. Perform direct email and phone marketing campaign
  4. Update Licensing Officers on the progress with an up-to-date marketing report; 5) Participate in face-to-face meetings with companies
  1. Life sciences background
  2. 10hr/per week for at least six months commitment
  3. Excellent writing and communication skills

If you are interested in our marketing internship, please send your resume and cover letter to Technology Marketing Manager, Ying-Li Chen ([email protected]).


The Entrepreneurship Center welcomes interest from people who want exposure to the entrepreneurial world by working with the Center.  We need help with social media, events, finding resources and special projects.  Send an email to [email protected] and tell us about yourself.