Doing an internship is a great way to expand your skill set and help you get a head start on the competition. Students in one of the six graduate programs under the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences have the option of doing a summer internship, in consultation with the student's program chair and thesis adviser, at a medical center, government laboratory, industrial environment, or a non-traditional setting. Contacts, positions, applications, course registration, course requirements, and grading are processed through the Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education program. There are also options for doing internships right on Penn State's campus!
Internship opportunities at Penn State:
- Intellectual Property (IP)/ Tech Transfer Graduate Internship (supported by the Eberly College of Science)
- Office of Technology Management (supported by the Eberly College of Science)
- Science writing internship with Dr. A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Senior Science and Research Information officer, Office of Strategic Communications
Internship opportunities outside of Penn State
Dow AgroSciences - paid R&D internships available in chemistry, biology, and computer science related discplines at global headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Apply here! Applications currently being accepted: August 1 through November 1, 2015 for the 2016 program
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- Many scientific companies offer internships for PhD students - do some research on your top choices and start getting in contact with people!
- Penn State Career Services Career Guide
- "Work experience: Stepping stones" by Amanda Mascarelli, Nature (2012)
- "Interested in an Industry Job? Internships during Your PhD Training are Key" by Jay Bhatt, American Society for Cell Biology (2014)
Have you done an internship as a graduate student? Share your story with us by e-mailing PSU.HGSAC@gmail.com!