Internship Opportunity at Wellington UniVentures

Wellington UniVentures, the commercialisation office of Victoria University of Wellington, have a paid internship position available within our dynamic team. Join the fastest growing commercialisation office in New Zealand on our mission to maximise the impact of innovative technologies developed at New Zealand’s number 1 university for research quality. This is a great opportunity to get a hands on introduction to the commercialisation of research, technology development and would be a valuable career step for anyone interested in a future in commercialisation.

What would you be doing?

As an intern at Wellington UniVentures, you will work with the Intellectual Property Commercialisation team assessing technologies developed by Victoria University of Wellington’s world-class academics. This involves using our suite of industry-standard market intelligence & IP tools to gather and process the information needed for Wellington UniVentures to evaluate the new technologies and make investment decisions. You will also provide administrative support for our database of projects.Wellington UniVentures will also provide on-the-job training to foster excellent analyst skills and you will be exposed to patents/patent law, commercialisation methods, investment evaluations and a broad range of interesting technologies.KiwiNet will provide further opportunities through workshops and commercial mentoring, observing KiwiNet’s Investment Committee, and other investment and science forums.

What kind of person are we looking for?

We’re after someone with a scientific mind, who can wrap their head around new (and sometimes complicated) scientific and technological concepts quickly. A scientific or business background with a strong interest to foster skills at the intersect of these, critical thinking and problem solving skills are crucial. You need to be able to communicate science and relevant commercial information clearly and succinctly both orally and in written form. Knowledge of tikanga Māori, Pasifika perspectives and an understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi are important.You will need to be an effective team player with a strong work ethic, enthusiasm, excellent time management skills and, most importantly, you need to be driven to get answers!

Role details 

This would be a full-time, paid internship that would run for 3 to 6 months (to be negotiated) working from our office at the Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn campus.

This internship is made possible by KiwiNet, New Zealand's network of public research organisations, working together to transform scientific discoveries into marketable products and services.



To apply for this role, send through a cover letter and your CV to and make the subject line “Wellington UniVentures Internship Opportunity”. Closing date for applications is 5.00 pm, 2 March 2020.

Anna du Fresne

Human Resources Manager

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