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An internship can be a valuable way to gain exposure to alternative work environments and strengthen both your technical and transferable skill sets. Before you get started on your search, make sure you review GSAS rules concerning full-time internships at the bottom of this page. 

While you are researching your options, maximize your chances of getting the internship that you want by polishing your resume, cover letter and interview skills. For feedback and help during any step of the process, make an appointment with an OCS Career Advisor.


Opportunities for GSAS Students and Postdocs

Many companies offer internships for graduate students and postdocs, both over the summer and during the academic year. To uncover opportunities, review postings on the Yale Career Link and the jobs boards found in the resource database, attend one of the many campus employer events happening throughout the year, and connect with alums via the Yale Career Network

FAQ: Sample Organizations with Internships for Graduate Students

Did you know that Yale University is an organization with an operating budget of over $3 billion and a staff size of almost 10,000? Many graduate students find meaningful work across Yale's many functional areas right here on campus.  Part-time positions at Yale can allow students to gain relevant work experience without taking significant time away from your academic work. 

FAQ:  Yale Offices Hiring Graduate Students for Internships or Part-Time Jobs

Can't find an oppoprtunity that is the right fit for you?  Many companies do not have a formal internship program, but still may be open to hiring an intern. With the right strategy, you may be able to develop an opportunity tailored to your career goals.  Get started by reading our tips on Creating Your Own Internship and the helpful advice in these articles:

Tip: Check out Opportunties Offered by Preferred Yale Partners

As a Yale student, you are fortunate to have access to an enormous network of alums and employers eager to offer you opportunities. OCS works closely with many Yale alums, donors and employers that hire Yale students on a regular basis across all industries, which we refer to as Preferred Yale Partners.

  • Search for opportunities offered by Preferred Yale Partners directly in the Yale Career Link
  • Once you log-in, choose "Search Jobs" in the Jobs section on the left
  • Choose "See All Jobs" under the Search button for more search criteria options, and select 'Yes' for Preferred Yale Partner
  • You can also search by location, industry, job function and other fields

Report Your Internship Experience

If you have had an internship or part-time position either on or off-campus while a graduate student or postdoc at Yale, please let us know by filling out this brief questionnaire. The organization and position will be made available to fellow students and postdocs interested in such opportunitites.  All personal information is OPTIONAL!

Internship experience questionnaire for graduate students and postdocs

GSAS Regulations Regarding Full-Time Internships

During the summer months, PhD candidates can participate in full-time internships without taking a leave of absence from the Graduate School.  Students remain registered and retain all rights and responsibilities of a Yale GSAS student, including Yale health insurance. 

Summer internships do not require taking a leave of absence from the Graduate School. Students remain registered and thus retain all rights and responsibilities of a Yale GSAS student, including health insurance coverage through Yale.

Students on paid internships normally forfeit their summer funding.
The purpose of the internship program is collect data or learn techniques to be used in dissertation research, or to gain exposure for a potential field of employment. Summer internships designed to expose students to potential fields of employment will not be permitted until after a student has been admitted to candidacy.
Students are limited to two summer internships. Additional internships will require a Leave of Absence.
Fall and Spring Internships

Internships during the fall or spring semesters require a leave of absence that begins on the first day of the internship. Once on leave, students cannot return until the following semester. Unless an internship is to run for a full semester, it is best to schedule the internship so that it ends within the final week(s) of a semester. It is important to note that academic year leaves of absence result in a suspension of GSAS student privileges, such as health insurance coverage through Yale, and forfeiture of funding during the leave period.

1.  Students must complete the Yale Graduate School Request for Summer Internship and Summer Course Registration form and secure the following documents:

  • Offer letter from the internship host.
  • A statement describing the nature of the internship and work to be done, and how this experience will advance the dissertation research or promote career goals. Include the work location and contact information.
  • A copy of the employer’s intellectual rights or proprietary data agreement, in the event that the employer restricts in any way a student’s right to use or publish data produced during the internship.

2.  The student must provide the above documents to the individuals below and obtain their approval and signature:

  • The Director of Graduate Studies
  • The Dissertation Advisor
  • The Graduate School Associate Dean

3.  Students who have been approved for a summer internship must enroll in one of two summer courses, as described on Request for Summer Internship and Summer Course Registration form:

  • GSAS 901c Pre-Candidacy Applied Research Experience
  • GSAS 902c Post-Candidacy Applied Research Experience

Students who conduct internships during the academic year do not enroll in a course and instead take a leave of absence.