STILLWATER — A record 16 undergraduate student interns and six graduate student interns will spend the school year working for the New Product Development Center and Inventor's Assistance Service at Oklahoma State University.
At the center, Oklahoma's small manufacturers are paired with faculty, staff and students to commercialize new products with a focus on creating jobs and revenue. Interns help develop, market and improve the manufacturer's products.
The student interns come from various academic backgrounds including engineering, business and agricultural communications.
“The students are able to work with faculty, staff and manufacturers to develop comprehensive business analyses and assist companies and inventors in developing or improving products,” director Robert Taylor said. “Through this process, companies gain valuable information about their product and competitors, and the students gain the experience and contacts that will allow then to advance in their chosen field.”
The center receives support from the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation.