Consulting and Short-Term Projects for PhD Students

Many opportunities for gaining professional experience don’t require a full-time summer internship or even a full-semester commitment, but can instead take the form of short-term projects. These kinds of projects often fall under the banner of “consulting” (as with the Yale Graduate Consulting Club), but they are not just for those considering consulting as a career! Rather, they offer all graduate students the chance to gain experience working on a team and to learn some basic business terms and practices—skills that will be useful in any career.

  • The Yale Graduate Consulting Club organizes a variety of events and opportunities, including pro-bono consulting for a variety of companies and non-profits. Pro-bono consulting is aimed at students with little to no experience with consulting, and the club provides mentorship throughout the process. Students from any discipline are welcome.
  • The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) offers part-time positions for students on the basis of ongoing project needs, and the center’s Yale Greenlight program is aimed at a wide audience and gives students from all disciplines the chance to work on real business problems with outside clients in the course of an intensive weekend workshop
  • Programs at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale offer diverse entry points to innovation and entrepreneurship, from drop-in sessions to multi-week, application-only programs
  • Parker Dewey allows companies to hire students for micro-internships—small projects that you can work on remotely
  • PreScouter Global Scholars organizes teams of graduate students to work on projects for companies in a variety of industries. You can sign up for their newsletter to be informed of projects that fit your interests
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