PhD+ Internships Summer 2019: Call for Applications

PhD Plus provides students with the opportunity to pursue an internship with a University office or external partner. The intent of these internships is to engage and develop students’ professional competencies beyond those typically addressed within their academic training. Our goal is to provide students with substantive exposure to activities that will render them more distinct and versatile on the academic job market while also broadening their career options.



Below opportunities are available beginning in Summer 2019. Click on links below for details on internships


University Office

  1. Vice Provost of Academic Outreach Internship

  2. Weldon Cooper Center Internship on Politics of Civility

  3. Weldon Cooper Center Internship on Leadership Summit Development

  4. Weldon Cooper Center Internship on Data Analytics and Survey Research

External Partner

  1. Gazelle International Internship on Assessment of Educational Technology

  2. Gazelle International Internship on Virtual Learning Community

  3. Environment Resilience Summer Internship Program - Multiple Sponsors. Please note- application deadline, duration and funding for this program may differ from other PhD+ internships. Click on the above link for details on individual opportunities and application.

      8. Propose your own Internship


We intend to expand upon these offerings and are cultivating further internships in areas such as local biotech companies, technology transfer and commercialization, media relations, non-profits and legislative affairs.  Ideas from faculty and students in this regard are welcome.



Information Session

March 19, 9:00am in New Cabell Hall 236.

Register For Info Session

To learn more about the Internships and meet sponsors and former interns, attend the information session



Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program at the University and have completed all degree requirements with the exception of the dissertation. 



Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.  Finalists will interview with the internship sponsors during the week of April 8.  We are looking to finalize placements by mid-April.


Students can submit applilcations for up to two internships. Applicants must compile the following materials, in the order presented below, into a single PDF and upload through the online application form.

  1. CV (including academic and professional experience)

  2. Statement of interest in particular internships (providing a ranked list if multiple), including any particular continuity with or expected impact on the student’s professional development

  3. Endorsement of good academic standing and suitability for an internship from Director of Graduate Studies or Advisor

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Funding and Duration

In order to incorporate professional development within the standard timeframe for obtaining a graduate degree, these internships are limited to an average of twenty hours per week during the ten-week summer period and ten hours of effort per week during the twenty-week semester-length assistantship period.  The internship provides $5,000 in support during the summer and per semester.  It will replace ten hours of assistantship support in a given semester.  These internships do not provide funding for tuition, fees and student health insurance.  However, a student who has exhausted the standard support awarded upon admission could combine an internship with a teaching or research assistantship that is funding their tuition, fees and health insurance for the year.