Paid Internships

The IDEA Center has a limited number of internships each academic year. Students are invited to apply for a position as a startup coach or analyst. Additional opportunities may also become available throughout the year with companies in Innovation Park or an early-stage Notre Dame startup, so check back here for updates.

Commercialization Engine Internship

The overall objective of the Commercialization Engine Internship is to provide a real-world experience for students in the innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship space. The interns will be able to investigate multiple different industries (inside and outside their educational background) while learning about the efforts required to commercialize early-stage technologies and inventions. The interns will work on technologies researched and developed by Notre Dame faculty members. Projects can range from novel therapeutics for rare diseases to innovative advances in communication technology to new artificial intelligence methods. This internship will provide a foundational background to students interested in pursuing careers in consulting, commercialization, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship. 

Students interested in the Commercialization Engine Internship will be able to elect which facet of the Engine they would like to primarily focus on during the internship. The available positions include technical market analyst, insights analyst, and technology validation analyst. For more information visit the Commercialization Engine's webpage.

Startup Associate Program

To more effectively support the highest potential companies in the Idea Center Faculty startup portfolio, the IDEA Center is recruiting for the second cohort of the Startup Associate (SA) Program. The Idea Center aims to recruit and train entrepreneurial-minded students to lead high potential Faculty projects to advance them through crucial commercialization milestones. This entrepreneurial apprenticeship program provides on-the-job training and hands-on startup experiences. 

What is Involved?

  • Technology Development: execute and oversee any relevant proof-of-concept or minimal viable product (MVP) work
  • Market traction: perform market discovery and validation, collect customer interviews,  discover and engage pilot partners, execute pilot studies
  • Financing: create and update pitch decks, actively reach out to potential investors, apply for grants, represent the company on funding pitch events, and showcases
  • Project Ownership: Startup Associates are single points of contact, working with IDEA Center staff from managing the entire project and making it easier for experienced founders to give direction
  • Project Management: orchestrate the interaction between Inventors, Mentors, Idea Center team members

What can we offer you?

  • Exposure to the Idea Center startup environment: mentors, advisors, tech showcases
  • Chance to participate in the Idea Center Accelerator Program
  • Chance to secure a full-time job at the company upon graduation
  • Chance to secure a share in the company if a full-time offer is extended to the SA

Our ideal candidate is:

  • Highly driven, ready to hustle and take the initiative
  • Fast learner and capable of adaptation
  • Sees the world through a lens of empathy
  • Has a passion for innovation

The ideal candidate is a graduate student in business or entrepreneurship who desires to become part of the founding team upon graduation. 

A Startup Associate is expected to devote approximately 10-20 hours per week to drive enterprise acceleration activities. The hope is that this role will turn into an active member of the startup founding team upon graduation. The program anchors the startup locally and reduces “brain drain” by keeping the Startup Associates employed in the region. 

How to Apply?

If you are interested in applying for the position, send a Resume to Ryan Kreager at
This is a paid opportunity with limited spots. Positions open once a company made it to our Venture Acceleration phase.

Startup Coach 

The Startup Coach (SC) is instrumental in overseeing the progression of Student-led Startups within the Student Entrepreneurship program at the IDEA Center. The SC will be responsible for their own portfolio of student-led startups, helping them to de-risk, validate, and grow their businesses with the help of IDEA Center resources.  The SC will walk their student ventures through the processes of problem validation, solution validation, prototyping, testing, and market discovery.
The Startup Coach job description can be found here.

Interested students should complete this Startup Coach Interview Application.