PhD Experiential Programs
Experiential learning includes activities such as internships, mentoring programs and externships. These experiences provide exposure to professional roles in business, government and/ or nonprofit sectors. They can also offer opportunities to develop skills, and translate knowledge and insights into practical application.
Immersive career experiences provide grad students, PhDs and postdocs with the opportunity to:
- Apply their knowledge and skills
- Observe and engage in work practices, and
- Explore organizational cultures and career pathways outside the faculty career track.
Berkeley Career Engagement Internship Resources
- Search Handshake our online database of jobs and internships.
- Make an appointment with a PhD Career Counselor for help identifying and applying for internships.
Increasingly, employers offer internship programs designed specifically for advanced degree students. Review the sampling of opportunities below to get a sense of the various types of internship programs available for PhD and master’s students as well as postdocs. Whether or not you decide to further pursue employment in your internship field, the experience can be instrumental in testing options and further clarifying your career goals.
- Asian Development Bank
- HASTAC – Find internships in digital humanities for doctoral students. Fellowships and other opportunities are listed as well.
- Microsoft – Many internships are available for PhD students. The laboratory locations include Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Washington and Bangalore, India
- National Cancer Institute – The National Cancer Institute offers a variety of internship and fellowship training programs.
- Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) – See the summer internship and dissertation fellowship programs.
- RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program
- United Nations University PhD Internships
- World Bank – The World Bank features several training opportunities for PhD students, including a Bank Internship Program, and a Junior Professionals Program.
PhD Experiential Programs
Community College Diversity Mentoring Program
Berkeley Career Engagement and Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) have collaborated to offer a program for graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring careers in higher education leadership. Mentees are matched with management/staff mentors from SRJC. Participants gain both mentoring support and an introduction to the range of career paths within higher education. The next cohort is planned for spring/summer 2024.
Participants are matched with mentors based on their interests in areas such as:
- Student Services
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Health Services
- Human Resources/DEI
- Workforce Development
– Experiential Component and Knowledge Sharing –
Mentees may engage in projects, case study exercises, observations, and/or program governance activities. Topics may include: an overview of career pathways, best leadership and management practices, and the shared governance structure at California community colleges
– Mentoring Sessions –
Mentor and mentee pairs coordinate their schedules for meetings and professional development activities, typically 1-2 times per month
Eligibility and How to Apply
Currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate students are eligible. To apply, please complete the form below. Review the mentor list and indicate your mentor preference on the application form.
To apply, click on the Mentee application form.
Sample Mentor list from the 2022 cohort
- Vice President, Student Services/Assistant Superintendent
- Director, Human Resources
- Manager, Human Resources/Employment Equity The HR Mentorship will provide an opportunity for two mentees to work with two HR mentors in exploring HR leadership roles in a community college setting, from Manager and Director perspectives.
- Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Dean, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Culinary Arts
- Director, Student Health Services
- Dean, Workforce Development
- Dean, Instruction and Strategic Program Development
- Dean, Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance/Athletics Director
- Director, Southwest Santa Rosa Center
PhD Externship Program
The “Day in the Life” job shadowing experience connects PhD students and postdocs to professionals for an insider view of organizational cultures and the work responsibilities associated with different roles in professional settings outside the academy. Job shadowing is arranged on an individual basis, students are matched with a host employer based upon their career interests. The employer site visits provide trainees with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and a greater understanding of the profession and organization.
Details about the 2024 program are forthcoming.