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Student Internships in Technology Transfer

UNM Rainforest Innovations provides paid student internships to current University of New Mexico students interested in technology transfer. See open positions at https://innovations.unm.edu/about/careers/.

Benefits of the Student Internship Program

The student internship at UNM Rainforest Innovations provides a combination of experiences including learning about the field of technology transfer (intellectual property and commercialization). UNM Rainforest Innovations student interns have the opportunity to work with UNM Rainforest Innovations staff, attend UNM Rainforest Innovations educational seminars including presentations from visiting patent attorneys and companies, as well as interact with local entrepreneurs and investors. This position will benefit anyone that would like to get a better understanding of the intersection of business, science, and law. Position reports to UNM Rainforest Innovations’ Technology Transfer and Marketing Associate.

Student Internship Assignments Include:

  • Prior Art Searching
  • Procuring references for Invention Disclosure Statements
  • Drafting non-confidential summaries of new inventions
  • Conducting market analysis for new technologies
  • Identifying potential licensees
  • Recording marketing activities and interactions
  • Developing marketing materials and elements of business plans
  • Utilizing our proprietary database which tracks all intellectual property management, marketing, and licensing activities
  • Working with start-up companies through our Joseph L. Cecchi VentureLab Program
  • Other special projects

Innovation Student Intern

This entry-level position will handle marketing support activities. It will provide a combination of experiences including learning about the field of technology transfer by entering information into UNM Rainforest Innovations’ proprietary database which tracks all intellectual property, marketing, and licensing activities. This position will also create weekly reports, help with event management, contact list building, and some aspects of social media.

Additionally, the position will include conducting prior art searches for new invention disclosures, procuring references for Invention Disclosure Statements (IDS), identifying potential licensees, recording marketing activities and interactions, developing marketing materials and elements of business plans, and other special projects.


Candidates, at a minimum, should be starting their sophomore or junior year in a biology or related life-sciences discipline, engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, business, MIS, MPA, or JD discipline. Some experience working in a professional office preferred. Candidates for this position should be adept at computer skills, must have great organization skills and must be keen to detail. Candidates must be enrolled students at UNM (min. of 6 credit hours) for the duration of the internship and maintain a minimum GPA 2.5, preferred 3.0 or higher..

If you are interested in a student internship, please see https://innovations.unm.edu/about/careers/ for any available positions.