ECU I-Corps Innovation Ambassador Program

The ECU I-Corps Innovation Ambassador Program is an experiential internship program made available through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is available to highly motivated graduate students in the physical and life sciences, engineering, and technology fields who are interested in learning skills essential for identifying and assessing innovations for future development potential.

Offered by ECU’s Office of Licensing and Commercialization, the ECU I-Corps Innovation Ambassador program offers a part-time, paid internship that is compensated at a competitive rate for five hours per week. New cohorts of the Ambassador Program will begin at the start of the fall, spring and summer semesters. Following successful completion of the training program, I-Corps Innovation Ambassadors will identify and assess novel innovations from ECU’s research community, explore commercialization opportunities, and serve on an I-Corps team for an ECU innovation.

Benefits for the ambassador:

  • Exposure to translational research and the role of intellectual property protection;
  • Gain unique work experience for their CV;
  • Build transferable skills for their future career success;
  • Establish a network of connections; and
  • Competitive compensation.

Benefits to the ambassador’s research mentor:

  • Identification of materials and resources of interest to the research community;
  • Facilitate distribution to the scientific community;
  • Potential revenue generation in support of research activities; and
  • Increased exposure to future career pathways for the ambassador.

Click to apply online.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Carlyle Rogers, Director of Licensing & Commercialization, at

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