Professional experience comes in many forms, and there are a variety of ways to gain new skills and learn about potential non-academic career paths without the time commitment of a traditional full-time internship! Various Yale organizations offer fellowships and other part-time positions that provide opportunities for professional development without disrupting your studies.
As you look into opportunities, it is important to be mindful of the GSAS regulations concerning part-time work. In particular: “Part-time employment beyond an average of ten hours per week requires permission of the director of graduate studies in consultation with the appropriate associate dean.” Most of the Yale-hosted opportunities listed on this page are already designed to comply with these rules.
International students should also consult OISS for regulations regarding their work eligibility depending on their visa status. Many international students will be eligible for part-time work, but it is very important to understand your options in detail and to plan ahead.
Fellowships and Part-Time Positions
- The GSAS Professional Experience (GPE) Fellowship pairs graduate students with various Yale offices, where they work on administrative projects over the course of a single semester
- McDougal Graduate Fellowships give students the opportunity to work in offices around the university on programming related to graduate student interests, including careers, student life, teaching and writing, and more. They last a full academic year, with applications due in the spring. Options include:
- Office of Career Strategy
- Office for Graduate Student Develepment and Diversity
- Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning (separate Teaching and Writing fellowships)
- Graduate Student Life
- Several programs provide academic-year opportunities for students interested in global or domestic policy:
- The Office of Cooperative Research offers opportunities for graduate and professional school students to participate on multidisciplinary teams that provide strategy and leadership assistance for new ventures and/or other licensing opportunities in a variety of business areas, with a time commitment of about 40 hours per semester and a small stipend.
- The Yale Art Gallery offers yearlong Graduate Curatorial Internships
- The Yale Digital Humanities Lab hires graduate students as DH consultants and also offers teaching fellowships. Additionally, you can sign up to be referred as a project assistant for projects around Yale as they arise.
- Tsai CITY sometimes offers paid part-time positions for students; watch their website for current openings.