Tech Transfer Central

Beyond Internships: Creating a Student-Based Workforce in Your TTO

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: May 30, 2013

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Chances are the workload for you and your staff will not be getting any lighter. And if you’re like most TTOs, increasing demands for results, yet no increase in staff, means you could face rising backlogs of invention disclosures, slower response times, missed revenue opportunities, and disgruntled faculty.

But there is a proven way to bring on aggressive and talented help without busting your budget — and process more invention files than ever while breeding the next generation of entrepreneurial scientists, lawyers and business professionals.

How? By expanding your tech transfer intern program, adding highly motivated students to your team, and improving the intern program’s effectiveness and usefulness to your TTO. In the process, you can not only significantly expand your office’s manpower and productivity, you’ll also provide a richer, more valuable, real-world learning experience for your student interns.

Unleash the power of a finely tuned intern program

To show you how to increase the value of your TTO’s internship program, we’ve recruited two tech transfer veterans whose programs are widely recognized as best-of-breed: Lesley Millar from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Jarett Rieger Esq., MBA from Moffitt Cancer Center. Each has created a finely tuned and well-oiled intern program that brings huge rewards to both the TTO and the students.

Join Technology Transfer Tactics Distance Learning Division for this nuts-and-bolts, how-to program:

Beyond Internships:
Creating a Student-Based Workforce in Your TTO

You will hear our esteemed panel discuss:

  • Moffitt’s recent total revamp of its intern program, including:
    • Changes to the application process
    • Expansion or student roles and responsibilities
    • How project selection is made
    • New forms and procedures to guide interns and staff
    • Enhanced oversight and feedback
    • How coaching and mentoring are shaping interns to be the future tech transfer professionals
  • University of Illinois’ proven intern program includes:
    • Student-run marketing programs
    • Meaningful projects with real impact for the TTO
    • A highly sought-after PhD fellowship program
    • Professional association scholarships for bright stars pursuing a career in tech transfer

PLUS: Get “where are they now” data from the University of Illinois on how the internship program has helped students begin promising careers in law firms, private industry, and tech transfer offices nationwide!

Your Panel of Presenters:

Lesley Millar has served as the Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2006; she originally joined the Office in 2002 as an Engineering Technology Manager. As Director, Ms. Millar leads a team of more than 20 professionals responsible for engaging with faculty, staff, corporations, and venture groups to commercialize the intellectual property arising from the more than $500 million in research conducted on campus. She also works with a wide range of campus, corporate, and community partners, furthering the office’s mission to encourage innovation, enhance research and facilitate economic development. Ms. Millar serves on the Board of Governors for CLP Inc (certified licensing professional) and Board of Managers of Illinois Ventures.

Jarett Rieger oversees the Office of Technology Management and Commercialization (“OTMC”) at Moffitt Cancer Center. OTMC is responsible for forming industry collaborations, patenting and licensing, and supporting startups. Mr. Rieger’s tenure began at Moffitt Cancer Center in 2004, and he was promoted to Director of OTMC in 2006. Prior to joining Moffitt, Jarett practiced as a patent attorney at Breed Technologies in Lakeland, Florida. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is a Florida Board Certified Specialist in intellectual property law.

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