We have partners in the academic, public and private sectors. Looking to partner? Reach out via email (gradfutures.princeton.edu) or complete the short form below.
Princeton seeks to advance teaching and research through partnerships that span academia, government, industry, and nonprofit sectors—and graduate student involvement in experiential programs is a key component of this endeavor. The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School gratefully acknowledges the outstanding contributions of all of our partners in delivering transformative experiences that prepare graduate students with the professional skills and competencies they need.
One of the fundamental tenets of our GradFUTURES professional development initiative is that when it comes to professional development, there is simply no substitute for direct experience and great mentoring. By establishing and deepening our partnerships with industry, we seek to greatly expand the range of experiential opportunities for our doctoral students to gain progressive exposure to different industries, explore possible professions, and participate in immersive experiences that build professional competencies and connections.
Contact us to learn more about ways your organization can engage with Princeton Ph.D. and masters students via:
VIRTUAL OR ON-CAMPUS LUNCH & LEARNS
Share a professional development workshop/ webinar for graduate students on any one of our core competencies (insert list of competencies). Or, consider having a Ph.D. within your organization share their career journey and/or a presentation about the role(s) of Ph.D.’s and masters employees within your organization as part of our #WithAPhD campaign.
INDUSTRY EXPLORATION DAYS
Arrange a full or half-day visit for graduate students to tour your organization, learn about current trends in your industry, and meet Ph.D. and masters professionals (and/or Princeton graduate alumni) working in various roles. These visits can potentially be structured to include presentations by senior leaders about the organization's mission/goals/objectives and/or division-specific presentations to help students understand the multidisciplinary nature of projects and teams. Industry exploration days might also include shadowing opportunities to expose graduate students to a "day in the life" of a particular profession or field.
GradFUTURES INDUSTRY FELLOWSHIPS
Offering industry immersion throughout the academic year and during the summer, this funded fellowship provides graduate students with interdisciplinary project team experience while working 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. All fellows deliver a multi-media capstone presentation at the conclusion of their fellowship. The average time commitment is 6 hours per week for the length of a semester and up to 10 hours per week during the summer.
GradFUTURES SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
Completing a summer internship as part of doctoral training can offer all students an opportunity to explore diverse career paths and gain valuable experience. Contact us to learn more about co-creating summer internship opportunities with the Graduate School.
GradFUTURES ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
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