Career Jumpstart Programs
Graduate students and recent graduates who are considering nonfaculty careers are in a unique position to take advantage of career jumpstart programs. Career jumpstart programs, as I call them, are fellowships, internships, externships and other experiential learning opportunities that provide participants with hands on work experience in a target career field. These short-term paid and unpaid opportunities can range from 10-week summer programs to two-year work experiences. They provide the critical work related experience that PhD job seekers need to develop relevant job skills, grow their professional networks and gain exposure to the world of work. These practical experiences can be significant launching points for career paths that PhD job seekers and their advisors may not have considered.
Here is a brief list of career jumpstart programs for graduate students and recent graduates in the social sciences, humanities, and STEM. Many of these are national programs. Your university may have internal opportunities available only to current students and alumni. Ask your department chair, graduate coordinator, graduate school, or campus career office. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take advantage of your time and status as a student to explore your career options, grow your skills, and thoughtfully consider the next steps in your life and career.
|Partnership for Public Service
||Public Service Fellows Program
|Federal Bureau of Investigation
||Cyber Internship Program
This list is just the beginning, and hopefully will serve as a starting point for your research for programs that best suit your career goals. If you know of additional fellowships, internships, or externships for graduate students and recent PhDs, we’d love to hear about them. Share them in the comments below or over on Facebook or Twitter.
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