Traditional summer internships typically last 8–12 weeks and are a full-time commitment. While it can be challenging to fit this kind of experience into a busy PhD course of study (and these positions are subject to GSAS regulations), Yale offers a number of opportunities for graduate students interested in a more intensive form of professional experience. Additionally, a significant proportion of of the internships that traditionally go to undergraduates are also open to graduate students, so you may find the ideal position simply by searching standard job boards or company websites.
Below, you’ll find resources related to all of these options.
Accepting full-time work while enrolled in a PhD program may require taking a leave of absence, and/or foregoing summer funding (though there are some exceptions in the case of unpaid internships). You must also meet a list of requirements, which includes permission of your DGS. If you are interested in a summer internship, you should review the relevant GSAS Academic Regulations in detail.
Graduate students pursuing summer internships must also fill out the Request for Summer Internship Form.
- The President’s Public Service Fellowship is a Yale-funded summer internship that pairs students with local New Haven organizations
- Yale University Press offers a number of internships for students interested in publishing
- The Yale Young Global Scholars program hires graduate students to teach summer courses to high school students
- The Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice hosts a list of open positions, including some summer internships
- Yale Career Link‘s job board includes many internships that are appropriate for graduate students, and don’t forget to check out the many OCS-hosted career fairs and networking events
- Standard job boards like LinkedIn, Indeed, Internships.com, and Covintern (which lists entirely remote opportunities) include many internships in addition to full-time jobs
- PhD students interested in non-profit work should check the listings on non-profit-focused boards like Idealist and Work for Good
- The following organizations host a variety of internships that may be of particular interest to graduate students, but this is just a small sample—if in doubt, check the websites of organizations in your area of interest!
- Business, Economic Consulting: Brattle, NERA, McKinsey
- Public sector, NGO: USA JOBS, United Nations (Internships are unpaid), World Bank
- Tech: IBM, Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft Research
- Life Sciences: Genentech, Merck
- Policy research: Rand, Brookings Institute
- Museums: Smithsonian (create an account at the Smithsonian application portal to see current openings), National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art