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 Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) outside of the lab to widen your experience in the areas of work in which you can apply your PhD skills and training.
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.
The DTP will assist you in finding a PIPS if required; opportunities are circulated in the DTP newsletters; via email to DTP students; on the NLD DTP website (see: https://www.nld-dtp.org.uk/internships/opportunities), and each year the DTP invites partners to attend the PIPS and CASE event.
In addition, the DTP has Associate Partners who you may also wish to consider for your PIPS (see our page on the website: https://www.nld-dtp.org.uk/associate-partners). However, these aren’t the only routes by which you can find a PIPS; you may find potential partners at events or external conferences, so you can start to have informal conversations that way.
Find out about our current students' professional internships experiences.
" BBSRC Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) are providing PhD students with valuable skills and training, giving them broader work experience, and contributing to the work of host organisations "
BBSRC Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16