UNM Rainforest Innovations

Matthew is working on a microprocessor lab for a class at UNM

Matthew Salcido
Innovation Student Intern

UNM Rainforest Innovations, the technology-transfer and economic development organization for the University of New Mexico (UNM), has a student internship program that teaches UNM students about university technology transfer and the intersection of business, science, and law. Over the years, UNMRI has trained over a hundred students. Currently, the student internship program is comprised of a student office assistant, student intellectual property & disclosures assistants, and several innovation interns.

Our featured student intern this month is Matthew Salcido, who joined UNM Rainforest Innovations in March 2021. He works as an innovation intern and said, “I complete many tasks that aid in the tech transfer process such as novelty searches, writing marketing materials, creating mailing campaigns, and working with startups… I first heard about the Innovation Internship from my advisor. About six months later I applied and was lucky enough to get the job.”

Matthew grew up in Albuquerque and went to Albuquerque Academy before going to UNM. He plans to graduate in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and wants to try out a variety of career paths before making any major decisions. For future career paths he said, “I’m considering engineering, journalism, graduate school, teaching and statistical analysis.” When he isn’t busy with school or work, he also enjoys basketball, playing guitar, reading and watching movies.


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