Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) HERE - Technology Transfer Internship Program

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
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How to Apply

Apply by April 15, 2016.  Additional information and interview may be required after initial review and before selection is made.

Applicants must apply through www.Zintellect.com. All profile and application questions/requirements must be completed and both profile and application must be completed and submitted before application can be reviewed.

The profile and application will require:

  1. Contact information
  2. Education information (i.e. dates of attendance/graduation, GPAs, majors, etc.)
  3. Awards and honors
  4. Employment information and nature of work
  5. Information on special skills, research, areas of interest and /or expertise
  6. An updated resume
  7. Letters of recommendation or the contact information for the application system to send an online reference request to references
  8. Unofficial academic record showing name, school name, current classes and GPA - official transcript is not required
  9. Availability dates (if applicable)

For questions, contact ORNLedu@orau.org.

Application Deadline
4/15/2016 8:30:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The program is designed to expose University of Tennessee - Knoxville graduate students to the business of technology transfer and intellectual property management at ORNL.  It provides students with hands-on experience in technology assessment, marketing, and commercialization.  Interns will participate with the ORNL Commercialization Managers in technology transfer full-time during the summer at ORNL, starting mid-May through mid-August 2016 and then may continue on a part-time basis at ORNL in fall 2016 and spring 2017 (dependent on project need and student availability).

During the summer, the students will participate in small, multi-disciplinary teams on technology transfer projects that may include technology and market assessment and the marketing of technologies for commercialization.  Each student will have a Commercialization Manger mentor, and at the end of the summer, each student will have the necessary training to participate independently with the guidance of the Commercialization Manger. At the end of the summer internship located at ORNL, the student may be invited to continue the program on a part-time level at ORNL as they continue their studies. 


  • $600 per week stipend for full-time appointment (required for summer); stipend will be pro-rated for part-time participation (during academic school year)
  • $150 housing allowance and limited travel reimbursement if permanent address is more than 50 miles from ORNL

For more information, visit Science Education Programs at ORNL or contact ORNLedu@orau.org.



Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently pursuing a graduate degree in science, engineering, or business at the Univeristy of Tennessee - Knoxville - completed at least one term or in the first term of program
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent (LPR) - LPRs are subject to DOE clearance approval for ORNL entry
  • Must be 18 years of age at start of appointment
  • Must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0  - copy of academic record with name, school name, curretn classes and most recent GPA required (official transcript will not be required)
  • Must have proof of medical insurance during appointment
  • Submit two references
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before joining the program

Selection Criteria

  • Strong technical background in the biological sciences, physical sciences, information technologies, or engineering preferred
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Ability to meet hard deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must have written and verbal fluency in English
  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer and intellectual property
  • Availability of 40 hours per week during the summer and at least 8 hours per week during the remainder of the academic school year (assuming project has need after summer - must be able to commute to ORNL while attending school fall/spring)


Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 2.50
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (11 )
    • Computer Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (36 )

I affirm that I meet all stated requirements and am currently pursuing a graduate degree in science, engineering, or business at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and can commit to 40 hours per week May to August 2016 at ORNL and at least 8 hours per week at ORNL during the fall/spring academic semesters if project is continued.  I also confirm that I am a US Citizen or LPR, that I am or will be at least 18 years of age by May 2016, that I have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0, that I am willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement if selected, and that I have proof of medical insurance during the dates of the appointment period.