The ASPIRE program will facilitate opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct internships and gain hands-on experience with a project in a professional work environment.
- Part-time internships can be up to eight hours per week and must not interfere with a trainee’s research progress in the lab. When a part-time internship is compensated, the compensation must comply with effort reporting requirements by the trainee’s funding source.
- Full-time internships are also a possibility. If full-time internships last more than two weeks, graduate students will consult their mentor and Director of Graduate Studies to take a brief Leave of Absence from the PhD program. Employers will be encouraged to compensate full-time internships at a rate at, or above, a student stipend and health insurance.
Except in very unusual circumstances where a student’s internship relates directly to their dissertation research, internships will not carry academic credit.
- Students must have completed their qualifying exams
- Postdoctoral fellows will be eligible throughout their training, pending approval of a leave of absence by their research advisor and funding source.
Students and postdocs who have participated in previous ASPIRE programs (including ASPIRE to Plan, ASPIRE to Connect, and ASPIRE modules) and BRET Office of Career Development events will be given preference in selection to the internship program.
The ultimate decision to hire an intern rests with the employer who needs to comply with their company’s recruitment and hiring practices. Thus, trainees will apply for internships and negotiate directly with the employer. However, the ASPIRE program will help trainees identify internship opportunities and navigate the internship application and interview process.
ASPIRE travel scholarships are available to trainees to help offset travel expenses that may be associated with doing an internship. Please see the ASPIRE travel scholarship page for application information and policies.