The Commercialization Academy

The Commercialization Academy

Purpose | Selection Criteria | Eligibility | Commitment | Application Process

The Commercialization Academy provides experiential learning opportunities to select graduate and undergraduate students interested in the commercial assessment and marketing of Johns Hopkins technologies.

In addition to exposing interns to emerging technologies and commercialization pathways, the program’s curriculum includes networking and career exploration opportunities.



The Commercialization Academy has two distinct aims:

  1. To provide scientifically trained graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with technology transfer experience that opens opportunities to diverse careers.
  2. To deepen technically-minded undergraduate students’ relationships with the university while providing a hands-on program that fulfills the institution’s mission to bring life-changing discoveries to the world.


Selection Criteria

Commercialization Academy interns have:

  • Broad-based intellectual curiosity that extends beyond their area of expertise
  • An ability to think abstractly and communicate clearly
  • A passion for problem solving and persuasive storytelling
  • The desire to work hard and to receive coaching


Meet our current interns



A Commercialization Academy intern must be a full-time undergraduate student, master’s student, Ph.D. candidate or postdoctoral fellow.

Unfortunately, federal regulations limit participation in the Commercialization Academy to United States citizens. Non-citizens cannot participate.



Commercialization Academy interns spend about eight hours per week working in this program and are compensated for their time.

Undergraduate and master’s students accepted into the Commercialization Academy make a two-year commitment. Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows must discuss this internship with their PI or faculty mentor before making a commitment, which typically lasts one year.


Application Process

The Commercialization Academy is currently hosting a Fall recruitment cycle. We will be accepting applications from August 23rd – September 15th. To apply, please attach a cover letter describing your interest in joining the program as well as a resume to If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified toward the end of September. The CA will be attending the Biomedical Career Fair on August 29th, if you wish to learn more about the program.


To learn more or to apply, email the Commercialization Academy (