Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS)

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is offering an exciting opportunity for any non-academic organisation to take advantage of fully funded Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS). Internships can be in any field or sector including industry; publishing; policy; clinical development; teaching; communications; business; management; marketing; and finance...

As part of the EASTBIO training programme, each Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership student must complete a 12 week internship in a non-academic environment.

Benefits to your organisation:
• A high-calibre temporary resource to assist with a strategic project at no extra cost to the business
• A new resource to undertake smaller projects that might have been on hold or would not otherwise have been done
• Involvement with intelligent minds that will bring innovation, skills and knowledge to enhance your business success and performance
• Opportunities to get energy and fresh insights to a particular business area; a different perspective to problems and a new motivated member of the team
• Added value through interaction with Scottish Universities.

Benefits for the PhD students:
• PhD students undertaking a professional internship extend their educational experience
• An internship will help them to develop valuable transferrable skills and explore careers outside of academia
• An internship will provide them with a high-quality work experience that will increase their employability
• In exchange for their labour, the students will experience a ‘real-life’ situation in the workplace of their choice.

Dr Caroline Pope recently presented research evidence about the PIPS at the 2016 Researcher Education and Development Conference hosted by the University of Sheffield. Her talk “Doctoral internships - fun times but was it a good learning experience?" can be viewed here.

To find out more, please read the PIPS Student Guide (if you are a student) and the Bring an Intern on Board brochure (if you represent an organisation).