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CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation

Application Information

Program Overview

The CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholars program provides opportunities for selected students to gain full-time experience in developing ideas to address unmet needs by spending the summer working as an intern with faculty-led initiatives to transfer university research to real-world impact. The UW teams are engaged in developing intellectual property generated by faculty, staff, and students in a variety of different areas. Innovation Scholars will contribute to the work of these emerging companies and licensing opportunities, extending their learning from the classroom into the realm of innovation and entrepreneurship. Selected interns may be working on further development or testing of core concepts, or be engaged in the development of other aspects of the projects such as data analysis, marketing, customer surveys, etc. This is a chance for students to build on their strengths and extend their knowledge in new and exciting directions. Each position has unique pre-requisites and eligibility requirements, and applicants must indicate which position(s) interest them.

Each CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholar will receive a $5,000 award for full-time engagement for nine weeks, and will participate in cohort activities and special seminars. Open to UW undergraduate students only.

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Application Open:
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:00am


Application deadline:
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:59pm
Program dates:
Summer Quarter 2018 (June 18 – August 17)
Award and activities:

Students will receive a $5,000 scholarship to be disbursed throughout the program term. Housing is not provided for participating students. There will be cohort meetings, seminars and social activities offered throughout the summer. All interns will participate in a final culminating event.

Program Eligibility:

UW undergraduate students from any of the three UW campuses who will graduate in Summer 2018 or later; see individual project descriptions for specific internship eligibility, below.

Program Requirements:

The CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholars summer internship program offers selected students an opportunity to participate in work with faculty-led UW Startup initiatives. Participating students will be expected to work full-time during the nine weeks of the program, and will not be permitted to engage in other jobs, labs, or academic courses during the program term.

Participants will be required to:
  • Complete a full-time intensive internship experience with one of the startup initiatives at/near the UW Seattle campus;
  • Enroll in two credits of General Studies through Educational Outreach;
  • Attend special seminars and workshops designed specifically for the internship program;
  • Maintain open communication with project mentor(s) and program staff throughout the summer;
  • Present their work in a culminating event, and at the 2019 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium (as appropriate).
Required application materials include .pdf versions of:
  • Statement of purpose (500 words);
  • Personal statement (optional, 150 words);
  • Your preferences of the projects listed below, including explanation of choices (500 words);
  • Your resume/C.V.;
  • Permission to access your UW transcript; and
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member;

The faculty recommender should be familiar with your coursework or (where applicable) prior research or internship experience. After you submit your faculty recommender contact information in the online application, your recommender will receive an email message requesting the letter. We encourage you to discuss your request for a letter of recommendation with the faculty recommender as early as possible and prior to providing your recommender’s contact information in the online system.