Fellowships & Internships
The Crown Family Internship

This elective program permits doctoral candidates to gain practical experience in industry or at national laboratories in areas closely related to their research. These internships can provide impetus for the intern’s thesis and may provide future employment.

About the Internship

The three- or six-month full-time internship is generally a paid position. Proper internship placement is determined by the student’s PhD adviser, the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, and the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies.

The intern’s performance will be evaluated by their sponsor and forwarded to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and the PhD adviser.

Eight quarters of residency tuition will still be required even though the sequence will be interrupted. However, it is expected that this experience will not require additional time to complete degree requirements. Interns should have progressed to the level of candidacy, but candidacy is not required.

Participants accepted to this program register for CRDV 510, a non-credit, non-tuition-bearing course. This registration allows health benefits to be maintained (if student desires them and pays the appropriate fees), permits loans to be deferred, and provides evidence of the internship on transcripts. Up to three registrations of CRDV 510 are allowed, but no more than two registrations may be consecutive.

Who Should Apply?

The program is open to all PhD students in the McCormick School. The experience is best suited for the middle to later stages (e.g., third year) of PhD study.

International students participating in this program must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. Full time (21 or more hours per week) pre-graduation internship may not exceed one year. For more information on applying for CPT, please visit the International Office’s website.

Application Process

If you are interested, please complete the application form, obtain your adviser's approval and signature, and submit it with a resume and offer letter to the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in room L254 of the Technological Institute.

The McCormick Office of Career Development, located in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center room 2-300, can help you to prepare a resume and develop interview skills.

Please be aware that Dean Tamhane will require a brief evaluation (three to five sentences) from your supervisor during the internship before he will assign a grade. The evaluation can be e-mailed to Paula Straaton.