See the OCS guide or the post from a similar program at Duke for detailed advice on designing your own internship or part-time position. In general, self-designed positions can be particularly beneficial for both the host organization, which gains a skilled employee to work on new and/or urgent projects at no cost, and for the student, who gains valuable skills, knowledge, and professional experience while furthering their academic work. Positions can be either in-person in the New Haven area (depending on public health conditions) or remote.
Advising & Support
If you would like to discuss ideas for projects and potential partner organizations, or if you just want to have an initial conversation about general opportunities for gaining professional experience, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with Hyun Ja Shin, Director for Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services, Danica Fisher, Assistant Dean for Diversity, or Matthew Tanico, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life.
For inspiration and ideas, you can read stories from Duke students who participated in a similar program (and see a full list of recent Duke internships here). The University of Chicago also provides funding for students working with organizations related to their academic research, and you can see a list of their placements here.