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The Research Foundation for SUNY Industry & External Affairs Intern *Summer 2020* - The Research Foundation for SUNY in Albany, New York

Location: Albany, NY Category: Technology Transfer Posted On: Mon Feb 10 2020 Job Description:


The Research Foundation (RF) for The State University of New York (SUNY) is seeking students with agile mindsets, can-do attitudes and the analytical and communications skills to succeed as interns with all members of the Office of Industry and External Affairs (I&EA) team. This position will be for full-time during the Summer 2020. I&EA advances the SUNY's research enterprise through engagement, innovation, partnerships, storytelling, and service, all of which are focused on empowering discoveries that touch people's lives. Interns that work with the I&EA team will have the opportunity to work on a diverse set of projects all focused on growing SUNY's research, innovation, and entrepreneurship enterprise and making SUNY the best place for faculty, staff and students to do research. The student will gain valuable insights into RF operations, development of prototypes and commercialization of university research, the creation of startup companies, and the administration of programs to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship. Reporting to the Partnership Manager, the Intern will:


  • Evaluate the marketability and protectability of SUNY technologies by conducting in-depth research using tools such as Frost & Sullivan, BioPharm Insight, ZoomInfo, InnovationQ (training provided).

  • Support the development of marketing and other collateral to raise the visibility of SUNY research and innovation specifically focusing on raising the visibility of SUNY-affiliated startup companies to the investment community and SUNY technology to potential development and commercialization partners.

  • Assist in the customer discovery process for new innovations by researching potential partners and customers by conducting interviews, developing and refining business model cavasses, drafting pitch decks, business plans and technology commercialization plans.

  • Connect partners to SUNY innovations by assisting in entrepreneur recruitment and coordinating events to encourage collaboration and team building.

  • Support economic development, venture development, and research advocacy functions of the RF by searching for and preparing communications around funding opportunities, performing event planning activities for various types of workshops and engagements, compiling data and additional inputs focused on raising the visibility of SUNY startups, and other tasks as assigned by key staff that manage functions led by I&EA.

  • Support the maintenance of RF webpages including correcting broken links, removing old content, and editing existing content.

  • Support the implementation of projects and initiatives to enhance the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the SUNY research and innovation enterprise and captured in RF's Operating Plan. Tasks may include compiling and analyzing data to support strategic decision making, preparing project reports and presentations, drafting project communications, and coordinating project team meetings.

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

    Job Requirements:


Must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program. Students from the State University of New York colleges and universities are preferred. Good organization skills, very strong attention to detail, an ability to work independently, and excellent communication skills are required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications required.

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. The Research Foundation for the State University of New York operates under a contract with The State University of New York and receives no directly appropriated state funding.