Industrial Internships

BTP trainees are required to complete an industrial internship of approximately three months’ duration and typically in the third year of graduate study using the second year of BTP funding. Industry sponsors show a marked preference for interacting with more technologically adept interns, and this timing also allows trainees to focus on their program requirements and passing their preliminary exams before undertaking an internship.

Since 1997, PhD trainees have completed internships at 77 different sites nationwide and abroad, including Australia, Ecuador, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. Below is a breakdown of the types of intern-sponsoring entities. 

Chart of Internship Types

Photo of Sara Montanez“Some people think there isn’t much research outside of academia, but my internship showed that industry is very broad. You can try your hand at research and development, but also work in marketing or production. Those of us with doctorates are trained to troubleshoot more clearly and to write well, and companies like PPD and Promega, where I did my internship, look for that.”

 – Sara Montanez, Associate Research Scientist, PPD



Danielle Lohman, a current BTP trainee, describes her unique internship experience through BTP. She spent time in Washington, D.C. at Health Security Partners working in science diplomacy: