Are you currently funded through an NSF grant and seeking internship opportunities? Do you want experience in a non-academic setting in order to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and management, and policy and outreach? Consider working with your PI to apply for this opportunity. Read on for details and deadlines.

By Noreen Balos, Funding Peer
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 - 2:00pm

With rapidly accelerating changes in technology-driven global and national economies, today's graduate students will have a wide choice of career paths to pursue over their professional lives. Graduate students have the potential to make important contributions in careers outside academia, in organizations including: startup businesses, small and large corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. NSF's 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators report reveals 79 percent of master's level STEM graduates and 57 percent of doctoral degree holders work in industry or government. It is therefore important that graduate students supported by NSF grants be provided opportunities to develop skills that prepare them to be successful for a broad range of academic and non-academic career paths. In addition to deep and broad preparation in their technical areas of expertise, skills and knowledge regarding communication, innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and management, and policy and outreach are becoming increasingly valuable to enter any sector of the workforce.

PIs may request up to six months of additional support for graduate students supported on active NSF grants to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting, including the following:

  • For-profit industry laboratories or industry research and development groups;
  • Start-up businesses, such as (but not limited to) those funded through the NSF's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program;
  • Government agencies (all levels) and National Laboratories;
  • Policy think-tanks; and
  • Non-profit organizations.

To be eligible, graduate students must have completed at least one academic year in their graduate programs (master's or doctoral) and be making satisfactory progress towards the completion of their degrees.

The graduate student must work with their faculty advisor​/faculty PI to submit this application.

May 1, 2019 (for available FY 2019 funds) and May 1, 2020 (for available FY 2020 funds).

Mary Hegarty
Associate Dean, Graduate Division

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