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MBA Interns - Tulsa Innovation Labs LLC 



Tulsa Innovation Labs LLC (TIL) is a tech-led economic and workforce development organization headquartered in Tulsa, OK, and pioneered by George Kaiser Family Foundation. TIL develops strategies and deploys capital to catalyze inclusive economic growth in four emerging tech industries - virtual health, energy tech, advanced aerial mobility, and cybersecurity & analytics. Through public-private-partnerships, the company supports the launch and growth of new startups, fosters academic innovation, and builds talent programs to support Tulsa’s economic development.

TIL values diversity – in backgrounds and in experiences. We are deliberate and self-reflective about the team and culture we are building and seek candidates that are not only strong in their own aptitudes but care deeply about supporting each other’s growth.

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Job Purpose

Tulsa Innovation Labs is looking for two interns to join the TIL team to support the development of its Cyber & Analytics and Advanced Mobility portfolios, respectively. The intern(s) will work directly with the Portfolio lead for either Cyber or Advanced Mobility to support the planning and launch of new programs, which include startup support services, venture capital funds, corporate innovation programs, and academic innovation and IP commercialization endeavors.

TIL does not view Business School interns as traditional internships or entry level experiences. The expectations and responsibilities are both higher, and, we think, more rewarding. Candidates would be a trusted strategic advisor to both TIL and our core partners.

The internship will focus on targeted consulting and some operational responsibilities for major portfolio initiatives. The exact duties will depend on the specific initiative lifecycle, but could include R&D, initiative design, partnership development and engagement, capital strategy, initial hiring, and/or oversight and operations. The internship experience can and should be tailored to the individual skills and preferences of the candidate.

The intern will also support TIL’s thought leadership activities, including conducting research for white papers, blog posts, and relevant events.

The internship will not require deep subject matter expertise, but rather focus on strategic design and targeted engagement in support of the Portfolio lead. However, interest in emerging technology, especially in cyber and/or future mobility, is important for the role.


Portfolio Details:

Cyber & Analytics - 1 Intern

  • Assist TIL and a venture partner design and raise a significant fund focused on launching companies in Secure and Trustworthy Autonomy. This would include building out a data room for potential LPs, refining investment thesis, and co-developing an outreach plan with our VC partner for potential LPs.
  • Assist in the development of a recruiting plan for an Applied Cyber PhD Program, helping to develop profiles, target institutions, KPIs for recruitment, and guiding media spend.
  • Working with a major university on their IP development, Tech Transfer, and commercialization capability.


Advanced Mobility - 1 Intern

  • Working with academic innovation center and VC partners, design a strategy to deploy entrepreneurial support resources, recruit industry partners to sponsor research projects, and program events to optimize local and national industry engagement.
  • Solicit feedback from top industry executives to shape the development of workforce programs and research topics in a rapidly-growing tech industry.
  • Advise on best practices to diversify and support early-career researchers, technologists, and entrepreneurs.


Virtual Health - 1 Intern

  • Evaluate regional capabilities and national best practices for a Virtual Health Center of
  • Excellence in research. Synthesize background research and findings, make a recommendation on structure and next steps.
  • Identify priority activities for inclusive workforce development in Virtual Health, including both local and national partners


General Duties and Responsibilities

Interns will support either the Cyber or the Advanced Mobility Portfolios.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research: research best practices for startup support services, venture capital fund structures, corporate innovation programs, academic innovation programs, and partnership structures through primary and secondary sources.
  • Analysis: analyze market and industry data to identify actionable insights and make recommendations for engaging prospective partners based on qualitative and quantitative data
  • Strategy: build a strategic partnership engagement plan for TIL’s Cyber or Adv. Mobility portfolios that identifies prospective partners and outlines the expected contributions and benefits for various stakeholders.
  • Program Support: provide recommendations to improve TIL’s Cyber or Adv. Mobility programs and support the planning and launch of new programs
  • Other duties as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • Pursuing MBA degree (expected graduation by August 2024)
  • Experience in management consulting, corporate innovation, venture capital, applied research, urban planning, or economic development
  • Experience researching and analyzing innovation ecosystems and emerging tech fields
  • Experience designing and managing complex projects involving cross-sector stakeholders
  • Demonstrated Interest in Cyber or Adv. Mobility a major plus


Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research and analytical skills and ability to make strategic insights
  • Written communication skills, including developing concise memos and PowerPoint decks
  • Oral communication skills, including public speaking and formal and informal presentations
  • Project management skills, including demonstrated ability to support complex projects against narrow timelines and various constraints, to prioritize among competing needs, and to manage multiple tasks with little supervision
  • Partnership building skills, including ability to engage stakeholders in a professional manner and build diverse coalitions
  • Ability to look at challenges strategically and formulate creative solutions
  • Demonstrated leader with an instinct for taking the initiative
  • Proven team player with an ability to work cross-functionally
  • Ability to balance having fun while getting top results at work


Other Skills and Requirements:

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Familiar with social media
  • Must be able to work remotely
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds


Application Requirements and Process:

  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
  • Submit a 1-page resume only


Time & Location

  • Summer Internship Duration:  8 - 10 weeks
  • Tulsa, OK.  Some remote work accepted



  • $20,000 salary for 10 week internship (Pro-rated based on actual length of internship)
  • +$1,500 / month housing stipend for residence in the Tulsa Metro Area
Benefits Paid time off, medical, dental, vision, life insurance and 401K  
EOE Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations. We are an e-verify employer.

If you have a difficulty applying for any job posted on this website because a disability prevents you from using the online system, we offer the following alternate application procedure: Contact Human Resources at 918-494-8823, and we will arrange for an alternate method of applying and will consider your application together with all other applications received for the job. Please call only for such application assistance.
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Tulsa Innovation Labs  
Division Tulsa Innovation Labs  

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