Spring 2021 GSAS Professional Experience (GPE) Fellowship
This fellowship is an exciting new GSAS initiative that offers Ph.D. students the opportunity to work on meaningful projects in university offices, strengthen their skill set, broaden their career exposure, and receive professional mentorship. It is open to PhD students in years 1-6* during the fellowship term. Learn more here!
Program Management Fellow Position, Yale GSAS Alumni Association
The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association (GSAA) Board seeks to enrich the community that is woven between and among the 28,000 alumni/ae and today’s students. We support career building, networking, and mentoring for current and former students. Working collaboratively and efficiently with other Yale Alumni Association (YAA) groups and with Yale administration and staff, we constructively and effectively focus our efforts on areas where we have a particular capacity to add value.
We seek a GPE Fellow to support a number of key GSAA programs and initiatives for the 2020-2021 year:
- Assist with Where Do I Go From Yale webinars, in which alumni introduce students to various sectors of employment and share their lessons learned in navigating paths after graduate school.
- Communicate with and enlist help from GSAS alumni through Cross Campus, the recently launched community-building, networking, and mentoring platform for students and alumni.
- Collaborate with YAA to support departmentally-focused webinars/reunions to connect current students and faculty to alumni around the world.
- Gather information about the work of Graduate School Alumni Boards at peer institutions
- Explore other relevant data sources (BurningGlass, 12Twenty, Handshake, or community-based resources like Humanities Indicators) that might be helpful to support the work of the GSAA Board.
The GPE fellow will learn about both specific career paths of GSAS alumni and the process of supporting the work of career discovery for PhDs in a wide range of fields. The Board itself consists of accomplished alumni and the events that the fellow will help to realize will bring the fellow into contact with alumni from a wide range of fields and generations, depending on the needs of the OCS or YAA event.
Since career diversity is both a growing area of focus at graduate programs around the country and a pressing matter of ‘life story writing’ for students looking to convert their talents into a career, this kind of work (for better and for worse) is likely to be a growing industry. As the market for tenure track jobs continues to shrink, helping to understand how students find jobs outside of the academy will increasingly become an equal part of their planning rather than being “Plan B.”
Desired Skills and Interests:
- Collegial teamwork
- Organizational skills – tracking and completing tasks in event planning
- Interest in working with data about career outcomes (from departments or other sources such as the Council of Graduate Schools)
- Fellows must be currently matriculated, Yale doctoral students in years 1-6* of their studies during the fellowship.
- Term: Fellows work at a Yale host organization under the guidance of the host mentor for 5-7 hours per week over the course of 13-15 weeks during the 2021 Spring term.
- Stipend: Fellows receive $1500 stipend
* 7th-year students with COVID-related funding extensions from GSAS are eligible to apply.
Application Process and Deadlines
October 20: Students will be required to submit a resume (not academic CV) and cover letter to the Yale Career Link by this date. Students may apply to more than one position but can only accept one position offer. Note that cover letters should be customized for each application.