The Office of Enterprise & Innovation (E&I) for the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute is always seeking expressions of interest from students wanting to be involved in business assessments, the development of spinout companies, and other tasks.
The position is a paid Student Worker II classification and there may be an option for course credit (dependent on your college). As the requirements of E&I change throughout the year we are always accepting applications and will get in contact as soon as a need for your skills and experience arises.
Contact us with a paragraph explaining your interest in becoming an intern in the Office of Enterprise & Innovation and we will contact you to discuss your suitability.
In general, we are looking for graduate or final year undergraduate students from all colleges. Although a technical background helps, it is not specifically required. However, each intern should be comfortable with understanding technical topics in science and technology. Most of all, each intern should have a proven interest in entrepreneurship, science, and technology.
The average time commitment required is 10 hours per week. Due to the dynamic nature of E&I the timing of intern intake and overall commitment will vary depending upon individual project requirements and your appetite for an exciting challenge.
As a career path, this process generally requires a combined knowledge of technology, business, and law. While interns will not be expected to have knowledge of all of these aspects, they will gain experience in a multitude of topics.
On a day-to-day basis, the interns will work directly with the Enterprise & Commercialization staff, University and/or DRI research staff, mentors, and members of industry. Interns have the opportunity to make valuable connections through this internship. Interns will also get the opportunity to learn and experience first-hand the process and challenges of business development based on the commercialization of new technologies. Our internships serve as a great way to augment a student’s education and skill-set.
While the majority of intern tasks are centered around business assessments and spinout planning there is flexibility to choose other side tasks based on your interest. Interns can assist the E&I office in implementing various marketing efforts and outreach activities.