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The Technology Commercialization Internship Program sponsored by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) provides paid opportunities for undergraduate students to explore and contribute to advances at the intersection of business and innovative technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, computing, data science and biofuels. Students undergo intensive training as they join the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) world-class national laboratory system, boost entrepreneurial thinking, and explore market opportunities.
As a program participant, you will:
The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) strongly believes in a diverse workforce for the next generation of technology commercialization professionals. The OTT Technology Commercialization Program supports DOE's Justice40 Initiative and DOE efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. Hence, students from disadvantaged communities, underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply.
Visit https://orise.orau.gov/ott-internships/ for additional information.
Internships will be for 10-12 consecutive weeks beginning on or about June 1, 2023. Length of the appointment will depend on the project assignment and mentor and student's availability.
Review and Selection Process
OTT will review applications for merit and relevance before mentors at national laboratories review applications to determine if there is a match between your knowledge, skills and interests and the available projects. OTT and mentors may contact you for interviews. Final selections will be made by a federal official from OTT. ORISE will notify selected candidates.
Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE Appointment Letter and Terms of Appointment.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is one of the largest supporters of technology transfer in the federal government. The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) was established in 2015 to oversee and advance this important mission by expanding the public impact of the department’s research and development (R&D) portfolio to advance the economic, energy, and environmental interests of the nation. The office develops and implements on the Department’s policy and vision for expanding the commercial impact of its research investments, and it streamlines information and access to DOE’s National Laboratories (listing available at https://www.labpartnering.org/choosing_a_lab) and sites to foster partnerships that will move innovations from the Labs into the marketplace. OTT hosts the Lab Partnering Service (LPS) Website where one can find information on and access DOE Experts, Innovations, and Labs. This information is located at: https://www.labpartnering.org.
The Chief Commercialization Officer serves as Director of the Office of Technology Transitions, whose responsibilities include oversight of the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), Technology Transfer Working Group, and the coordination of technology transfer activities and best practices across the DOE complex.
OTT’s responsibility extends throughout the Department’s programs, 17 National Laboratories, and other research and production facilities located throughout the country. The office works closely with stakeholders and personnel at all these locations to ensure the development of the best policies and to maintain awareness of the latest issues. Together, OTT works with internal and external partners to enhance the nation’s economic competitiveness and strengthen its leadership in innovation and transformative, impactful technologies that can help tackle the climate challenges of today.
Additional information about OTT’s activities is described on OTT’s website: https://www.energy.gov/technologytransitions/office-technology-transitions
To be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria by the application deadline:
A completed application consists of: