2014 Summer Internship Program Highlights
By Kim Mayer, SBTDC's Director of Technology Commercialization
The SBTDC’s 2014 Technology Commercialization Summer Internship Program wrapped up on July 24th with final presentations. Nine students served as interns this year, representing five university programs. Longtime participants, the MBA Programs from NCSU, Duke and Wake Forest University provided a total of six students. In addition, this year marked the second year of participation for both the Duke Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) and UNC Pharmacy programs that provided a total of three students.
John Ujvari, the SBTDC’s SBIR Specialist, has been coordinating the Summer Internship Program for over a decade. Our university partners promote the Summer Program and assist in the identification of highly qualified students who are ready to work as client-facing consultants. The SBTDC's Technology Commercialization Team participates extensively each year as mentors, attending group sessions and meeting often with the students to answer questions and provide guidance.
We recognize that without the support of our clients, this program could not succeed. Clients are selected for invitation in January each year and each client who accepts the invitation knows they have committed to a long-term relationship with their student and the SBTDC. Clients are required to attend several orientation sessions, develop project descriptions, and guide their student throughout the 10-week program. All of the clients are invited to attend the final presentation showcase that signals the end of the summer program.
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