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CTC Internships Offered: Innovation Fellows, Economic Development Research and Policy Development

Update: June 14, 2010  — We are looking to fill up to 10 available slots.  Applications are encouraged!

Employer:    Connecticut Technology Council Position type:   Internship

Title:  Innovation Fellow Job function:    Economic development research and policy development

Description:   The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology oriented companies and institutions, providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building and assistance for growing companies. The Innovation Fellows Program is creating a policy agenda to help the next Governor make Connecticut’s business environment more innovative in order to build companies with the potential for fast growth so Connecticut will have more high value-added jobs and a stronger economy within four years. 

The project focuses on these key tech related business clusters:

• Software/IT

• Aerospace/Advanced Manufacturing

• Energy/Green Energy

• Biotech/Pharma/Medical devices

• New media/internet

• And may look at Finance/Insurance if resources allow

Fellows will interview business leaders and conduct original research to understand effective approaches to, and current drivers of, economic development.

Topics to be surveyed about and studied include:

· Workforce availability, education and training · Transportation, geographical links, logistics · Tax incentives, risk capital, loans · Culture, entrepreneurship, global trends, innovation

Working in a non-partisan fashion with gubernatorial candidates’ policy staffs, CTC and the Fellows will help provide ideas and a possible set of action steps for the next governor to use to quickly shape a successful innovation eco-system in Connecticut upon taking offices.


The Fellows will work with leaders from the following businesses: UTC (Otis, Carrier, Pratt & Whitney, UTRC, Hamilton Sundstrand) , Pitney Bowes, Covidien, GE, Electric Boat, Gerber Scientific, Rogers, Fuel Cell Energy, Proton Energy, Tangoe, Open Solutions, and others.


•Background in economic development, technology transfer and political science or technology policy

•Interest in Connecticut as an economic and political entity

•Ability to work independently and with a project manager to complete research objectives

•Strong communication and organization skills

The candidate should be curious, self-motivated and a quick learner.

Project Timing:

Full time for ten of the weeks between June 1st and August 27th or part time between May 18th and September 4th. Also, must be able to contribute 3 to 8 hours each week through November 10th.

Desired Class Level:

1st or 2nd year: MBA, MPA, MS (engineering management or related) JD degree, and alumni and even precocious undergrad.

Work authorization: All are welcome to apply.

Documents required:

Résumé and cover letter with a 250 word expression of specific types or projects and clusters you would be interested in, including but not limited to a description of the kind of research you would like to work on. 

How to apply:

Please email résumé and cover letter to . The project has started (as of 6/14/2010), but fellows will be selected on a rolling basis so applications will be considered if there are openings. 

Salary level:

There are stipends of $2,500, $1,250 and $500. The actual numbers of each level of stipend depends on level of involvment, start date, on-going fund raising. Please specify your minimum requirement for you to consider this Fellows position.


Primarily virtual.  CTC’s offices are in East Hartford, CT, but work can be conducted from home or in donated offices that will be provided around the state.


Paige Rasid, CTC Mktg & Ops Manager, 860 289-0878  x335

Casey Pickett, Project Manager,

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