Are you aware of Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS)?

Published on 11/08/2021
Are you aware of Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS)? The purpose of the PIPS (Professional Internships for PhD Students) scheme
To give PhD students in life sciences, medical & human sciences, and engineering & physical sciences experience of the wider non-academic working environment outside their PhD subject area. The aim is to increase their awareness of the diverse career opportunities open to them and to help them develop a broader understanding of the wider economy and society. 

The internship
Will be for 3 months but can be flexible in duration, either as a single 3 month period or a variation of shorter blocks. The type of work should be a discrete project that will challenge the students and enable them to make a positive contribution to the work of their host organization. For example, by undertaking a short desk-based research project or by working in another nonresearch role such as marketing, publishing, sales, business development or project management. A condition of the placement is that it should not be in a lab similar to their PhD lab or related to their PhD project in any way. PhD students will continue to receive their stipend from the university during the 3-month placement.

The Students
Will have an undergraduate degree at 2.i level or above from a good university in the UK or Europe. Their educational background will be in an area of biological sciences or a related subject (e.g. chemistry).  They will be well-skilled to take on a time-limited, stand-alone project or to work within an established team. We anticipate that provision of these highly-trained, yet flexible, interns will be mutually beneficial to a wide range of host organizations and to the students themselves. At the end of their internship, the students will be required to submit a report to the BBSRC and it will also form part of their personal and professional career plan.

If you would like to learn more about the PIPS scheme or are interested in taking on a student, please contact:  
Iqra Habib, The University of Manchester 
Tel +44 (0)161 275 6770

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