An innovative and integral element of the DTP programme, built in to enhance your employability, is the requirement to undertake a non-academic three-month professional internship (PIPS) outside of the lab to widen your experience in the areas of work in which you can apply your PhD skills and training.
PIPS provides you with experience in a wide range of workplaces, including policy making, media, teaching and industry.
Our students have been inspired to organise their internships both locally and around the world, with some travelling as far as Europe and the US. They have already started working with global companies and educational organisations, and are enjoying the opportunities that this work experience brings.
We also offer funding for our current students to cover some expenses associated with the internship, such as travel and accommodation. At the end of their PIPs, all students write a report to reflect upon their experience for the DTP and for the BBSRC.
Find out about our current student's professional internships experiences.
For more information about the PIPS scheme download our event programme:
“PIPS .... provide students with an opportunity for professional skills development and will enable them to develop a broader understanding of how their research training can have an impact in the wider economy and society.”
Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Director of Innovation and Skills