Innovation Licensing Internship

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Somerville , MA 02143

Posted 6 months ago

About Us

As a not-for-profit organization, Partners HealthCare is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.

We're focused on a people-first culture for our system's patients and our professional family. That's why we provide our employees with more ways to achieve their potential.

Partners HealthCare is committed to aligning our employees' personal aspirations with projects that match their capabilities and creating a culture that empowers our managers to become trusted mentors. We support each member of our team to own their personal developmentand we recognize success at every step.

Our employees use the Partners HealthCare values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done:

Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.

General Overview

Innovation is an 110 person unit of Partners HealthCare responsible for the worldwide commercial application of the unique capabilities and discoveries of its 74,000 employees and faculty. It has exclusive responsibility for industry collaborations, investing, international consulting, company creating, licensing, and innovation management. It supports the research requirements of its Harvard Medical School appointed faculty and its core hospitals Harvard affiliates Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Our summer internship program is a 3 month opportunity working 40 hours per week.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides direct support to Licensing Managers including the triage of new invention disclosures, conducting market analyses on key inventions, assisting the Licensing Managers with market and business development outreach, and assisting in the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements.

  • Assist Licensing Managers and participate in face-to-face meetings with faculty, staff and other Partners stakeholders as required.


  • Opportunity to develop an understanding of technology commercialization and technology transfer at a leading academic medical centers.

  • Exposure to a wide range of cutting-edge research and technology.

  • Network with inventors, investors, company representatives, key opinion leaders, and patent attorneys.
    1.A strong interest in healthcare and technology and demonstrated aptitude to quickly understand new products, systems, innovations and business concepts based on technology, particularly their market opportunities and obstacles.
    2.Well organized and able to prioritize and complete multiple tasks.
    3.Exceptional computer skills, including Powerpoint, Excel and Publisher. Ability to convey concepts visually (e.g. a marketing presentation to outside companies).
    4.Strong writing and analytical skills and the ability to receive edits.
    5.Undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline or engineering required (candidates that currently hold, or are currently pursuing, an advanced degree are strongly preferred).

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Innovation Licensing Internship

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital