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Strategic Partnerships Internship Program


This internship provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in intellectual property management, business development, and how to assess the potential of scientific discovery to be translated into a product for patient benefit.


Interns will conduct market assessments, prior art searches, and diligence for life science technologies. Such assessments include an evaluation of what the technology is and how it could be translated into a final product, an analysis of the potential market size and landscape, identification of partners or venture capitalists that could be interested in licensing the technology and/or forming a new start-up, generating marketing materials and reviewing third party obligations for tangible research materials.


Interns should be currently at UCSF, and be enrolled in or have completed a graduate-level program in life sciences. Interns will sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the internship.

Time Commitment:

Very flexible. 3-6 hours remote time per week, compatible with ongoing work, other commitments, and vacations. We’d appreciate a minimum commitment of 6 months.

Applications: Please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected] Recruitment is done on an as-needed basis.


Business Development Internship Program

The Engagement & Opportunity Development team (EOD) at UCSF Innovation Ventures engages faculty and develops business opportunities for new ventures around select technologies. EOD takes a market-first approach by identifying a product or products and defining potential market opportunities upfront.  The EOD’s Business Development Internship Program offers students and postdocs the opportunity to gain exposure to market opportunity analysis, competitive landscape analysis, and building go-to-market strategies for start-ups. The internship program’s goal is to provide an enriching educational opportunity for students

Eligibility: Interns should be enrolled in or have completed a graduate-level program in life sciences, biomedical engineering or related fields, or business. Interns will sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the internship.

Time commitment: 5-10 hrs/week

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected] or [email protected]


The UCSF Catalyst Awards Internship Program provides an opportunity to learn about translational research and the process of advancing academic discoveries along the translational path to commercialization and patient benefit. The internship runs parallel to the Catalyst Awards Program and allows the interns to participate in the activities of the Catalyst Awards Program, the review process, and the interactions between the academic researchers and industry experts mentoring the projects along with their development. Product tracks include therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, digital health, and biotools.

Eligibility: UCSF graduate and professional school students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, residents, and Masters in Translational Medicine (MTM) students, as well as law, engineering, and business students from neighboring universities, are invited to participate. Learn more and apply!