Licensing Practicum opportunity

Center for Technology licensing is looking for Practicants and Volunteer interns for the upcoming academic year.

The Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL) has historically significantly benefited from working with Cornell’s bright, passionate, and creative students, whose many contributions have helped protect and market Cornell’s innovations for potential licensing to new ventures or existing companies. We are also proud to know those who have worked with us in the past have successfully leveraged their CTL experience into promising and successful careers in, among other areas, technology licensing, IP law, consulting, business development, etc.

To further enhance this mutually beneficial relationship, CTL is proud to continue the CTL Practicum Program for Cornell graduate students (STEM and MBA) and postdoctoral researchers at Ithaca, Cornell AgriTech, and Cornell Tech campuses. We are seeking candidates available to work with us for at least 9 months (academic year), at a maximum of 10 hours per week. The Practicants will be paid at an hourly rate.

About the CTL Practicant program

Learn more about former interns and Practicant experiences by viewing the recording of the panel titled “Innovation Beyond The Bench.”

  • A robust training program about CTL and its scope of activities including evaluating innovations, assessing markets and potential licensees, creating effective marketing collateral, assessing patentability and patent landscapes, and learning about of the various types of contracts used by CTL to move innovations into the market place;
  • A clearly defined role on the CTL team with deliverables and the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the success of the center’s mission and goals. Successful practicants will have the opportunity to explore and build experience with key aspects of innovation assessment and commercialization strategy, patenting and licensing agreements consistent with their career exploration interests.

CTL’s goal for the Practicum is to challenge Cornell’s graduate students while gaining valuable experience to help broaden their career options and gaining satisfaction in knowing that their contributions meaningfully helped Cornell fulfill its mission to commercialize its innovations and support new ventures.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship
  • Commitment and availability up to 10 hours per week and ability to attend patent meetings and inventor meetings with Licensing Officers.
  • Approval of the research advisor.

Application Process

  • Complete the application form online.
  • Attach a resume and a cover letter.
  • Screened applicants will be invited for a virtual interview during the week of September 18, 2023.
  • Selected applicants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Read the materials provided before the training sessions in October.
  • Mandatory participation to the training sessions

Apply for CTL Practicum

Applications open for the new cycle of the Practicum. Our new timeframe is mirroring the academic year to allow application from student in their final year of master. APPLY NOW

Deadline: September 16 at 5 pm

Screened applicants will be invited for a virtual interview during the week of September 18, 2023.

Practicum Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact

Lynda Inseque
Assistant Director, Technology Initiatives & Outreach

Kris Valentine Behnke
Innovation Outreach Specialist

Meet the CTL Practicum Alumni

2023 cohort

2022 cohort

2021 cohort

  • Cybelle Tabilas, Ph.D.’22, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • James Ryan, Ph.D.’22, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

2020 cohort

  • Martin Liu, Ph..D..’23, Food Sciences
  • Jin Liang, Research Associate, Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Adam O’Neal, Ph.D.’22, Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology
  • Julia Miller, Ph.D.’20 Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Sciences (SIPS)
  • Rachel Leicher, Ph.D’.21 Chemical Biology (TPCB)
  • Shiang-Wan Chin, Ph.D. candidate, College of Engineering
  • Ruby Xu, M.S.’22, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Pre-practicum Interns