GradFUTURES Fellowship: Academic Adviser Note of Support

GradFUTURES Fellowships/Internships provide graduate students with the opportunity to apply discipline-specific skills and gain interdisciplinary project team experience under the direction of an industry mentor. Students receive one-on-one mentoring and coaching, gain exposure to organizational dynamics and leadership strategies via shadowing and participating in meetings and/or presentations.

Host organizations work closely with the Graduate School to determine the learning outcomes and professional development goals for these immersive experiences. The expectation is that the fellowship will be mutually beneficial and host organizations will benefit from the diverse ideas of graduate students in conjunction with meaningful project deliverables.

The goals of the GradFUTURES fellowship/internship program are to provide graduate students with opportunities to:

  • Participate in a unique learning experience to acquire and hone professional skills and competencies;

  • Develop a broader knowledge of the organization and critical challenges in the field through exposure to and participation in discussions beyond the scope of the fellow's project;

  • Collaborate with team members and experienced staff to produce specific deliverables;

  • Receive mentorship from staff and/or others within the organization;

  • Deliver a presentation at the culmination of the fellowship/internship to showcase skills learned and refine communication skills.

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