The School of Medicine Career Center Career Path Explorations (CPE) Internship Program is a unique opportunity being piloted for Stanford PhD students in the Biosciences. It is a way for students to gain meaningful and practical work experience in a broad range of areas where scientific expertise makes significant impacts and contributions to research, business, policy, stewardship, and more.
The internship program is designed to augment the training and education experience trainees receive at Stanford. The program's three core objectives are to provide the trainee with:
Internship opportunities are designed to be flexible and meet the individual needs of the trainee and sponsor. Typical internships will last approximately 10 weeks. Trainees typically take a leave of absence from their program/training during this period, with a stipend usually offered by the organization/company to cover the equivalent cost of the quarterly tuition and living expenses. Other integral components of the internship program include:
Competitive academic training and research programs offer myriad opportunities for professional growth, interpersonal skill development, communication, and relationship-building, all critical investments toward exploration of career choices in the biosciences. Trainees can explore internships and short-term projects with leading partner organizations within a variety of sectors, including:
Internships and projects are not limited to the research and development (R&D) setting. These opportunities also can offer a unique opportunity to gain exposure to areas outside of the typical academic "bench" setting. Examples of opportunities include: