For doctoral students and postdoc scholars, internships may sound a bit alien. While finding an internship is common among undergraduates, it is often a less common experiential learning option for students at the doctoral degree level. As more diverse career paths are sought and discovered by doctoral program graduates, internships play a role in their career exploration, skill development, and acquisition of relevant experience.
When thinking about incorporating an internship there are a few things you may wish to consider: How can you identify the internship you would like to commit to? What strategies are there to help you articulate the benefits of finding an internship, especially when research and other academic commitments remain the top priority in your program? How do you manage different obligations during your internship? Are there any academic or HR policies related to internships you should attend to?
The article “Strategies for Articulating the Value of an Internship” from Carpe Careers, Inside Higher Ed answers all these questions and discusses how students in their graduate and postdoctoral training can benefit from an internship. If you are considering an internship in the near future, be sure to read this article and also know that staff the Center for Career Development would be delighted to work with you on exploring options and next steps.
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