The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University's technology transfer office. We manage technology for Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech, and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.

CTL Practicum

The Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL) has historically benefited greatly from working with Cornell’s bright, passionate, and creative students whose many contributions have helped CTL translate Cornell’s innovations into products and services for the benefit of society. We are also proud to know those who have worked with us in the past have successfully leveraged their CTL experience into promising and successful careers in, among other areas, technology licensing, patent law, startups and business development.


To further enhance this mutually beneficial relationship, CTL is proud to introduce the CTL Practicum for Cornell graduate students.


The CTL Practicum is a paid program open to STEM and MBA graduate students (all campuses). We are seeking candidates who are available to work with us for at least 1 year, at a maximum of 10 hours per week. The practicants will be paid at an hourly rate.


The CTL Practicum includes:

  • A formalized application, screening and selection process
  • A robust training program about CTL and its scope of activities including evaluating innovations, assessing markets and potential licensees, creating effective marketing collateral, assessing patentability and patent landscapes, and learning about of the various types of contracts used by CTL to move innovations into the market place;
  • A clearly defined role on the CTL team with deliverables and the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the success of the center’s mission and goals. Successful practicants will have the opportunity to explore and build experience with key aspects of innovation assessment and commercialization strategy, patenting and licensing agreements consistent with their career exploration interests.

CTL’s goal for the Practicum is to challenge Cornell’s graduate students while gaining valuable experience to help broaden their career options and gaining satisfaction in knowing that their contributions meaningfully helped Cornell fulfill its mission to commercialize its innovations and grow industry alliances.



Eligibility to the program

  • Open only to Cornell graduate students (Ithaca, Cornell AgriTech, and Cornell Tech campuses).
  • Currently enrolled at Cornell University.

For Weill Cornell students in NYC and Qatar, a new training program will be implemented. For more information, contact Jamie Brisbois,


Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship
  • Commitment and availability up to 10 hours per week and ability to attend patent meetings and inventor meetings with Licensing Officers.
  • Approval of the research advisor.


Application Process

  • Complete the application form online
  • Submit a resume and a cover letter
  • Screened applicants will be invited for a virtual interview during the week of November 15 or 22, 2021 for Ithaca applicants.
  • Selected applicants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement
  • Read the materials provided before the virtual training sessions in January
  • Mandatory participation to the training Sessions in January 2022.


Apply for CTL Practicum

Applications for the CTL Practicum – 2022 Cohort is now open

Extended Deadline: November 12, 2021


Information Sessions

Virtual info sessions were held on October 15, 2021 and October 22, 2021 at 12 pm.


If you were not able to attend, you may watch the recording of a past info session at


If you would like to learn more about for interns and Practicant experiences, you may view the recording of the panel titled “Innovation Beyond The Bench” held on August 11, 2021.



Contact information

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact


Lynda Inseque
Senior Program Manager, Technology Initiatives & Outreach



2022 Cohort

Eti Sinha, a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering department working under the mentorship of Professor Olivier Elemento (Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Physiology and Biophysics)







Andrew Murtha, a Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Professor Tobias Dörr (Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology)







Matthew Whitman is a Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Professor Claudia Fischbach-Teschl (Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering)






Sagar R. Shah is a Joint Postdoctoral Fellow in Professors John T. Lis and Haiyuan Yu labs (Molecular Biology Genetics / Computational Biology)





Yue Qu is a Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. Joeva Barrow (Division of Nutritional Sciences)





2021 & 2020 Cohort

James Ryan, 2021 CTL PracticumJames Ryan, Ph.D. candidate, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Cybelle Tabilas, 2021 CTL PracticumCybelle Tabilas, Ph.D. candidate, College of Veterinary Medicine



Martin Liu, Graduate Student, Food Science

Ruby Xu, M.S. Student, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Olga Lyudovyk, Graduate Student, Tri-I Computational Biology and Medicine

Shiang-Wan Chin, Ph.D. Student, Systems Engineering




CTL Practicum Alumni

2020 cohort

  • Jin Liang, Research Associate, Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Adam O’Neal, Doctoral candidate, Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology
  • Julia Miller, PhD’20 Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Sciences (SIPS)
  • Rachel Leicher, PhD’21 Chemical Biology (TPCB)
  • Shiang-Wan Chin, Ph.D. candidate, College of Engineering

Pre-practicum Interns

  • Gunner Johnston, PhD’19 Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Sabrina Solouki, PhD’19 Immunology & Infectious Disease