Doctoral Internships

Code: CAR-20, Offered By: Career Management Skills

The Doctoral Internship aims to provide employment-relevant experience for PGR students. This may be an integral part of their research project or experience unrelated to that. The student is expected to experience a work place environment and be given work that is commensurate with their advanced skills level. The hosting partner organisation should expect from the student a competent and diligent contribution and professionalism at all times.  The module will provide an introduction to the hosting partner organisation and institutional pre-internship training. The student intern will provide monthly progress reports to their university supervisory team and Postgraduate Internships Coordinator and an end of placement report. The latter is expected to be included in the student’s portfolio.

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Researcher Development Framework Categories:
A1)  Knowledge base
A3) Creativity
B1)  Personal qualities
B2) Self-management
B3) Professional and career development
C1) Professional conduct
D1) Working with others
D2) Communication and dissemination
D3) Engagement and impact

Semester Taught: Academic year
Level of Study:
Any time but normally years 1 and 2
Open to:
Cross University facilitated by the Postgraduate Internships Coordinator within the Careers Service and the Gateway teams


The aim of this DDP module is to provide employment-relevant experience for PGR students. The Doctoral Internships have common objectives but vary in nature depending upon whether the placement is related to their research topic or is in an unrelated area. Both types of experience will provide exposure to different ways of working and provide a perspective of how doctoral research contributes to the economy and society as a whole. Having a clear and robust policy in place for dealing with internships will be crucial for success in recruitment and funding bids and therefore there is a need to include the internship opportunity within the PhD.

Learning Outcomes

For some doctoral students, the internship will be a formal part of their research programme (e.g. members of some Centres for Doctoral Training) and so they will gain relevant data and training that will contribute to their PhD thesis.  For others, the internship is not part of their programme but is something the student pursues for their personal development.  In most cases students will find their own internship opportunities but the Postgraduate Internships Co-ordinator will provide assistance where necessary.

In either case PGRs can only proceed to undertake an internship with the support of their supervisory team.

The benefits of the programme include:

  • Improving the students' employability and, hence, levels of recruitment to the partner organisations
  • Seeding new relationships with external partners that might then progress into larger/longer term engagement for the University/academic supervisor and benefit for the partner.
  • Benefit for/impact at the external partner
  • Improved engagement with the City Region.
  • Embedding the culture of Knowledge Exchange/engagement with external partner

Other Information

Staff Contact

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