Expand your career horizons as a JHTV fellow.

The JHTV Commercialization Academy is a highly competitive program that provides Johns Hopkins full-time students with exposure to the fields of commercialization and entrepreneurship through a two-year paid fellowship. Academic-year fellows work an average of eight hours per week, with the option to work full-time over the summer. Fellows come from a variety of academic programs and share curiosity, team orientation, and an ability to understand complex and cutting-edge technologies.

JHTV Commercialization Fellows gain unique experience with day-to-day methods and career paths in technology development, as well as personal mentorship from seasoned commercialization professionals. Fellows work with JHTV staff and entrepreneurs to turn groundbreaking Johns Hopkins research into products that change and save lives and even transform entire industries.

“The CA fellowship through JHTV has been the ideal capstone for my graduate training program in translational research. I’ve been able to leverage my skills as a researcher while gaining valuable insights into how to approach intellectual property protection, marketing analyses, and technology valuations. I would recommend the fellowship to any graduate student who is interested in the business of science, patent law, or just wants to make the largest impact possible with their translational research.”

Jess Miciak, PhD Student, School of Medicine


Career paths

JHTV fellows have gone on to professional roles at Regeneron, Stryker, Venture for America, Bloomberg LP, the US Food and Drug Administration, and intellectual property law firms.

They have also co-founded JHU spinout companies such as emocha and work in venture capital, consulting, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and university technology transfer offices nationwide.

Fellow experiences

Student fellows can work in all parts of JHTV and are exposed to each department’s work through seminars and networking.

  • Marketing fellows cultivate contacts and generate interest in Johns Hopkins technologies by creating compelling descriptions and finetuned value propositions for companies of all sizes.
  • Technology analysis fellows help give inventors a sense of their impact, including understanding currently unmet needs and the market opportunity for innovation.
  • Business development fellows learn about the relationships with companies that have their next steps in mind, and how Johns Hopkins keeps those firms informed about opportunities to license technologies that will give them a market edge.
  • Intellectual property fellows learn about patent law and other aspects of protecting inventors and JHU technologies.
  • Licensing fellows gain an inside look at how Hopkins engages companies to develop each technology from idea to the real deal via contracts, financing, royalty payments, and more.
  • Compliance fellows bring strong attention to detail to JHTV and into their next role as they follow licenses to make sure every party involved in a deal stays on track.

NOTE: For School of Medicine PhD students, PI and departmental approval is required in order to balance the time commitment with academic and research demands.

NOTE: U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency required.

Contact Sam

Interested in becoming a fellow?

Sam Hopkins is an MBA graduate of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he studied Health Care and Entrepreneurship. He has contributed market research, operational assistance, and fundraising advice to the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and several Johns Hopkins technology-based startups.

Sam Hopkins

Commercialization Academy Manager