Oregon State University


Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD)

VIP - Venture Internship Program

To Apply contact Berry Treat 

541-737-8100 or Berry.Treat@oregonstate.edu

Position Summary:

The Venture Internship Program (VIP) is designed to give hands on experience researching the commercialization potential of business concepts originating from the Oregon State University community. As a student intern you will take part in a variety of tasks needed to screen and market technologies and business concepts for potential commercial use.

Required Qualifications:

  • Admission to pro-school or graduate level standing
  • A “world perspective” which combines analytical abilities and business experience with the aptitude to apply these skills to emerging technology
  • Ability to comprehend novel business models and technologies, understand and clearly describe their essential attributes and distinguishing factors
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research abilities
  • Strong communication skills- verbally and in written form
  • Self-motivated and willing to take initiative
  • Ability to communicate professionally through email, documents, in person and over the phone.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of finance, accounting, marketing or other specific business disciplines
  • Background in a specific technical field- including for example, an undergraduate STEM degree
  • Familiarity with IT systems, web design, database management, etc
  • Experience and demonstrated success working on self directed projects
  • Previous work experience in a technical or business capacity


Description of Duties:

  • Research intellectual property landscape and potential patentability of new technologies, and business concepts ideas. This may include the following tasks:
    • Review invention disclosures
    • Screen intellectual property and conduct patent searches
    • Communicate with Faculty, Staff, OCCD Staff and Mentors on a variety of projects
    • Research the business viability of technologies and intellectual property
      • Perform market surveys, market research and industry analysis of competition
      • Research costing and prepare performance comparisons of similar technologies
      • Research and prepare preliminary financial estimates of manufacturing costs
      • Create briefs which will contain the following:
        • An overall  summary of a technology or business concept
        • Benefits of the technology or business concept as compared to alternative approaches
        • Novel applications and markets for proposed technologies and business concepts
        • For concepts that show promise for commercialization, create a more detailed financial analysis and business plan
        • Work with the OSU Venture Accelerator staff and Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD) on various projects to facilitate the transfer of innovations to market
        • Communicate this knowledge professionally through presentations, written documents and verbal methods.

Working Environment and Hours:


  • Intern will be a one of approximately eight graduate and undergraduate interns.
  • Interns will be compensated for up to 40 hours /wk during the summer, and up to 10 hours/wk  during the school term.
  • Work will be completed under the direction of Accelerator and/or OCCD staff.
  • Interns will be required to participate in a one to two week training session, beginning on or around 6/17/13, to be held on the OSU campus.
  • A common work area will be provided for some office work. However since many of the responsibilities involve independent research, it is expected that interns may frequently work off site.
  • Since many projects will involve confidential information and interns may have access to detailed “pre-disclosure” technologies prior to patent filing, they will be required to sign Non-disclosure agreements as a condition of employment 


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Contact Info

Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development
Research Office
Oregon State University
A312 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone 541-737-8303
Fax 541-737-3093
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