TechStart Program

U-M Tech Transfer’s TechStart program provides internships to graduate students from various programs including the Business School, Engineering, Medicine, Law, and Information Technologies. The program requires a full-time commitment from mid-May through mid-August.

In this program, approximately one dozen students work in small, multi-disciplinary teams on U-M technology transfer projects, with input from the Tech Transfer staff, faculty inventors and industry mentors. TechStart has its own office space and has committed funding from U-M Tech Transfer and the Business School’s Zell-Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The program is headed by Mark Maynard, U-M Tech Transfer Marketing Manager.


  • Degree – Graduate level
  • Area of Study – Business Administration, Engineering, Information Science, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, and others
  • International students – Are eligible to work full-time and part-time under immigration rules. Certain paperwork is required.

Desired Qualities

  • Interest in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization
  • Willingness to share expertise and learn from others

Benefits to Students

  • Direct participation in U-M Tech Transfer activities
  • Stimulating project assignments in new technology and business operations
  • Association with venture and entrepreneur communities of Ann Arbor
  • Association with Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Real world business development experience
  • Excellent, multi-disciplinary learning environment
  • Opportunities to meet potential local employers
  • Course credits (Students may arrange for credits with their own departments)

Recruiting Process

  • To apply for a full-time summer internship, submit your resume to Mark Maynard prior to March 15
  • You will be contacted approximately two weeks from that date if an interview is desired.