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.
VIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARNS or VIRTUAL MEETUPS
Share a professional development workshop/ webinar for graduate students on any one of our core competencies. Or, consider having a Princeton Ph.D. alum or another doctoral professional 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 weekly Virtual Meetup series.
GradFUTURES SOCIAL IMPACT FELLOWSHIPS & SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
During these unprecedented times, completing a funded fellowship or summer internship as part of doctoral training offers graduate students an opportunity to explore diverse career paths and gain invaluable experience. Click here for an overview of the GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Program. Please contact us to learn more about co-creating virtual fellowships or summer internship opportunities.
Offering immersive experiences throughout the academic year and/or during the summer, the Graduate School offers funded fellowships and/or internships at organizations within the nonprofit or public sector. Working closely with our colleagues in Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Center for Career Development, we can also partner with private sector organizations to design fellowships whereby students are compensated by the organization. (Please note that compensation for paid opportunities within the private sector must follow the Graduate School's guidelines for graduate student funding.)
These opportunities provide 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 presentation at the conclusion of their fellowship. The average time commitment can between 6-10 hours per week for the length of a semester and up to 40 hours per week during the summer.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDUSTRY EXPLORATION DAYS (POSTPONED)
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.