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Innovation Student Intern

UNM Rainforest Innovations Student Internship in Technology Transfer

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. Training will be provided. Position reports to UNM Rainforest Innovations’ Director of Commercialization.

Position Location: Lobo Rainforest building located at the NW corner of Central and Broadway (101 Broadway Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102).

Key Responsibilities

  • 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
  • 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


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 3.00 GPA.


Student internship is part-time (approx. 15-20 hours/week) on a semester-by-semester basis at an hourly wage rate of $12 per hour. The employment period is for the Fall/Spring semester with the possibility of continued part-time student employment. Candidates must be dependable with a strong work ethic and be able to work with minimal supervision.

Application Information

Email your cover letter and résumé as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF), MS Word attachment or as plain text in the message body to Arlene Young at ayoung@stc.unm.edu with the subject line “Innovation Intern.”