Norway Innovation Scholars Program

The Norway Innovation Scholars Program offers an opportunity for selected St. Olaf’s science and business students to complete research projects submitted by a biotech company. Four St. Olaf students are selected to participate in this internship modeled after the Mayo Innovation Scholars. The Norway Innovation Scholars will have the unique opportunity of spending four weeks in Norway performing market analysis, evaluating intellectual property issues, and creating a strategic plan.

Norway Innovation Scholars


Cost per student will be approximately $3,500. This includes travel, housing, and food. The Piper Center will provide $2,000, and students will be responsible for approximately $1,500.


The program aims to provide firsthand experience to science and economics on how science and business intersect. Norway Innovation Scholars will gain meaningful experience in areas like: technology transfer, business development, marketing, design thinking, intellectual property, health insurance, market analysis, and regulatory affairs.

Norway School of Business Support

Magne Supphellen, a faculty member at the Hauge School of Management, has graciously volunteered to be the faculty advisor for this project.

2014 Interim Participants

2015 Interim Participants

How to Apply


  • Interim Program: Junior or Senior
  • Major or concentration in any of the natural sciences, economics, management or media studies, mathematics, or with other relevant academic background/experience
  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to extend one’s knowledge base to the topic at hand and to conceptualize and frame relevant questions
  • Previous experience in research preferred but not required
  • Evidence of effectiveness as part of a team
  • Understanding and respect for confidentiality
  • Willingness to commit time and energy to the project

Application Materials: Due Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Information Sessions: Information Sessions: Monday September 18 and Wednesday September 20 6:00-7:00pm at RNS 300. Also, we will be at the Internship Showcase on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00pm-8:30pm in Tomson 280 and the Tomson Atrium.

Information Sessions

Wednesday September 14, Wednesday September 21, and Monday September 26 6:30-7:30pm at RNS 300.
Monday September 18 and Wednesday September 20 6:00-7:00pm at RNS 300.
The Internship Showcase on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00pm-8:30pm in Tomson 280 and the Tomson Atrium.

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript – Log in to the SIS go to grades → select all years/terms → export as a PDF file (one way to do this is by going to a print screen and clicking on “view as PDF”, or “view in preview”)
  • Letter explaining interest in this initiative, describing background and specific experiences related to the project, and providing an example of a team on which the student has been an effective member
  • Name of one faculty member to be used as a reference, indicated in the letter

Application Process

  1. Login to Ole Career Central  (Is this even a thing?) and search for “Mayo Innovation Summer Program” under the job and internship postings tab.
  2. Save your resume, unofficial transcript & cover letter to a common location
  3. Upload your resume “under resume”, your transcript under “unofficial transcript”, and your letter explaining interest under “writing sample” (all under the “Documents” tab on the blue menu bar).
  4. On the right hand panel, select your resume, transcript & personal statement – click “Submit”.

Interviews of Selected Students

A team of faculty and staff will conduct formal interviews after review of applications.  Final selection will be based on academic background and related experience with care taken to create the appropriate mix of backgrounds on each team.

Questions? Please contact Roberto Zayas at, Associate Director of Entrepreneurship in the Piper Center. Assistance uploading documents available at the Piper Center, Tomson 270.