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INVO Practicum

Modified: November 27, 2017


The INVO Practicum is an unpaid internship program open to all Northwestern students and postdocs who are interested in learning more about the technology transfer process as well as being exposed to the vast areas of innovation at Northwestern. The interns will gain hands-on experience in evaluating Northwestern technologies for patentabilty, marketability and commercialization readiness. In addition, they will be expected to effectively communicate their findings with INVO staff and faculty inventors. The Practicum has trained and mentored 27 graduate students, postdocs and research professors from McCormick, Feinberg, and Weinberg since January 2015. Subsequent to their internships, they have been placed in university tech transfer offices including MIT and Rice, IP Law Firms, consulting firms and industry.


  • Attendance at training sessions
  • Commitment of 10 hours per week over a six-month period (~ 1 day/week)
  • Written permission from PI to participate in the program


  • Deep technical knowledge in scientific field
  • Interest in intellectual property and commercialization
  • Willingness and ability to research & analyze a variety of technological fields
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

The Practicum Application can be downloaded here.

Two sessions run per year: (1) January to June; and (2) June to December. Early submission is recommended
as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Professional Development, Training Grant Director