Technology Commercialization Internship Program

Program Highlights

Open to all graduate, master’s, Ph.D. students, and Post-Doctoral Fellows and some extra capable and curious undergraduate students. Program participants will meet in person and virtually once a week for 2 hours with assignments to be completed remotely. Interns will gain comprehensive exposure to the realm of technology commercialization, including: 

1. History and Purpose of Technology Commercialization 
2. Patenting, Intellectual Property Management, and Prior Art Searching 
3. Technology Evaluation 
4. Market Analysis, Competitive Landscape Research, and Marketing 
5. Start-up Creation and the Venture Creation Ecosystem 

To participate, candidates must: 

  • Be currently enrolled in a Georgetown graduate program, including law, MBA, Master’s, or Ph.D., or be a current Post-Doctoral Fellow. Undergraduate students will also be considered.
  • Possess a background in STEM, Law, or Business. 
  • Dedicate a minimum of 8-10 hours/week. 
  • Commit to a minimum of 8 months in the program. 
  • Have the ability to work remotely and attend on-campus meetings and events as required. 

To embark on this enriching journey, submit the following documents to Monita Tarazi ( and cc Zeinab Abouissa ( : 

📣 A Statement of Your Passion – Tell Us Why You’re the Chosen One! 

📜 Your Resume – A Glimpse of Your Journey So Far! 


  • Selected interns will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with the University. 
  • This is an unpaid position designed for knowledge enrichment and experience 
  • A certificate will be awarded upon program completion, and recommendations are available upon request. 
  • Selected interns must provide written and signed permission from their research or faculty advisor, as applicable. 

Elevate your career prospects and become a part of the innovation revolution. Seize this unique opportunity to explore the world of technology commercialization at one of the nation’s leading institutions. Your future starts here!

Timeline for Fall 2023
Internship Program Timeline  Date
Opening of applications  September 13, 2023  
Application due by  September 25, 2023  
Notification to those selected   October 3, 2023  
Start of the Internship Program  October 12, 2023  
Are you an aspiring intern looking for exciting opportunities?
Feel free to contact us at or call us at 202-687-7424 for more information about our upcoming enrollment opportunities. We’re here to answer your questions and help you take the next step in your career journey!

Our Interns

Explore the profiles of our talented GU students with diverse backgrounds and rich academic trajectories. These interns actively engage in all aspects of IP management, technology commercialization, and entrepreneurship, gaining invaluable hands-on experience.

Chelsey (Xinyue) Li

Chelsey is a first-year graduate student in the Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) program at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She studied Economics and Statistics at UW-Madison, and worked as a programmer for one year. She enjoys quantitative social science and aspires to amplify its impact with a career in the fintech industry.

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Christon Hill

Christon Hill is a current graduate student in the Biotechnology (Individualized track) Master’s program at Georgetown University. He studied English and Religion at Florida State University and Biology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. His undergraduate research was focused on the impacts of Nuclear Factor Y on the protein content of grain plants. He served in the military and was trained as an EMT. He’s currently an intern at the Office of Technology Commercialization, steering his career towards marketing and bringing biotech and life sciences innovations to market. Christon is well-positioned to propel innovation and connect the realms of science and business.

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Giselle Burton Sojo

Giselle Burton Sojo received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine, before entering Georgetown University as a PhD student in the Tumor Biology program in July 2022. In addition to being a recipient of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) fellowship, she has begun her thesis research in the lab of Dr. Anton Wellstein, studying the impact of cellular senescence on the tumor microenvironment, stromal compartments, and immune profile in breast cancer progression. Giselle is interested in understanding the potential to expand the knowledge and skill set acquired during a Ph.D. to business and intellectual property management through the OTC internship program.

Joshua Wolfe

Joshua Wolfe is an MBA student at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, focusing on entrepreneurship and strategy. Prior to his arrival at Georgetown, he held various positions at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where he oversaw and conducted applied biological science on US Government contracts for sponsors in the Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, and the Intelligence Community. He holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Virginia and hopes to work in the biotechnology industry upon graduation. Outside Georgetown, he enjoys cooking, fantasy football, and his three boys.

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Prerna Singh

Before joining the PhD program in Tumor Biology at Georgetown University, I completed my masters in cellular and molecular biomedical sciences at University of Maryland, Baltimore. My research is currently on Wnt signaling in colorectal cancer. Previously during my masters I worked on a novel therapy combining hyperthermia with proton radiation to treat chordoma. I also worked on acute myeloid leukemia as a research assistant shortly before joining my PhD program. 

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Ranju Ravindranath

Ranju Ravindranath is a highly accomplished professional with a Bachelor of Honors in Biosciences and a Master’s in Biotechnology. With a strong academic background from SSSIHL, India, and SVU India, she excelled in enzymatic analysis research. Having worked as a Content Reviewer and Validator at ‘Individual Learning Pvt. Ltd.,’ an educational technology start-up, Ranju is currently pursuing a Master’s in Biotechnology (Biobusiness track) at Georgetown University. Passionate about technology commercialization, she aspires to contribute in Marketing, Managerial, or Consulting roles, showcasing her commitment to continuous learning and growth in the field.

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Reniel Suarez Gonzalez

Reniel Suarez Gonzalez is a dynamic second-year Pharmacology PhD student at Georgetown University, where he is passionately immersed in advancing scientific knowledge and innovation. He earned his Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2022. Before embarking on his PhD journey, Reniel served as a clinical research coordinator orchestrating phase II-III clinical trials. In 2023, he joined the Office of Technology and Commercialization (OTC) at Georgetown. His commitment lies in ensuring that developments are not confined to the laboratory but are, instead, transferred seamlessly to a wider range of users by facilitating technology transfer.

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Zihui Zeng (Cathy)

Zihui, Cathy, received her BS degree in Physics with minors in Nanotechnology and Economics from Union College (NY). Before joining the Physics Ph.D. program at Georgetown in 2022, she also studied in an MSc. Program of Computational Finance at University College London, U.K. She also gained exposure to the finance industry by interning at PE/VC, and securities firms. Recently, she joined Prof. Kai Liu’s group, and her project focused on nanomagnetism.

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Former Interns

Eric Witherspoon

Eric graduated from Morehouse College with a B.S. in Biology in 2017. During his undergraduate tenure, his research project focused on examining the effects of fumaric acid (FA) on dopaminergic neurodegeneration in a Parkinson’s Disease mouse model. Following graduation, Eric participated in a postbaccalaureate research program where his project consisted of using a combination of molecular techniques to characterize acetylcholinesterase (ACHE) levels in rodent subjects previously tested for fear extinction. Eric started his PhD at Georgetown University in 2018 and has several ongoing projects. He is currently examining the toxicity profiles of novel anti-seizure medications (ASMs) on brain development, and his doctoral thesis investigates the underlying mechanisms of how early-life inflammation influences anti-seizure medication associated toxicities. Eric has been interning in the Office of Technology Commercialization since 2021 and his career interests are aligned with safeguarding intellectual property rights in life sciences and biotechnology related fields. 

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James Jabara

James Jabara is an undergraduate student at Cornell University, majoring in chemistry and biology, with a minor in business. His research background includes drug discovery, neurosurgery, and neuropharmacology. James intends to explore and innovate within the intersection between scientific research and entrepreneurship. He started his internship with the OTC in June of 2023. 

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Joos Berghausen

Joos Berghausen graduated from the University of Freiburg in Germany in 2019
with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, Joos participated in a post-baccalaureate program at the National Institutes of Health. He worked
as part of the Genomic Technology Group, researching genetic risk factors
associated with Parkinson’s Disease using genotyping technologies and
bioinformatic approaches. In 2021, Joos started his Ph.D. at Georgetown
University and joined Dr. Brelidze’s lab. His current project focuses on several
modulators of the voltage-gated potassium channel (hEAG1) and characterizing
their potential as cancer therapeutics.

Luxi Yang

Luxi is a second-year graduate student in the Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) program. Her research interests revolve around statistics and market analysis, as well as the intricate connections between technology and the process of commercialization. She is dedicated to building bridges between these areas of study, aiming to shed light on the interplay between technology and the commercialization process, ultimately contributing to a deeper understanding of these crucial aspects of the modern world. 

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Samuel Allsup

Samuel Allsup started a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Georgetown in August 2022 and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder. His research background includes molecular neurogenetics and biochemistry. Currently, he is working in a cancer biology lab, focusing on immunoregulatory factors in High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer (HGSOC). Samuel is interested in experiencing the business and legal side of scientific research alongside his lab work and started his internship with the OTC in June of 2023. 

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Tapasya Katta

Tapasya Katta graduated from SRIHER in India with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2021. Her undergraduate thesis was focused on a simple method for the detection of Begomoviruses in Phaseolus lunatus. Post-undergraduate, she worked as a Research and analytics associate at a Startup company in India, that was dedicated to developing a one-stop user-friendly platform for cancer patients and their caregivers with useful resources and information to get access to the right treatment. Currently pursuing an MS in Biotechnology (BioBusiness) at Georgetown University, she’s interning at the Office of Technology Commercialization, aligning her career with marketing and commercializing biotech and life sciences inventions. Tapasya is poised to drive innovation and bridge science with business. 

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