Lessons Learned: Obstacles and solutions for developing an effective internship program

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Lessons Learned: Obstacles and solutions for developing an effective internship program

Rebekah L. Layton, Patrick D. Brandt, Patrick J. Brennwald, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Though a common element included in many professional programs, internships for Ph.D. trainees and postdocs can be difficult to initially setup and/or to incorporate into existing training models. Navigating a number of practical and philosophical barriers, UNC-Chapel Hill has now placed almost 100 interns in local for-profit and non-profit organizations. In this presentation, we will discuss common barriers to setting up an internship program and share some examples we have implemented to overcome some of those barriers. We will share lessons learned from the challenges we have navigated including: geographic constraints; balancing internship length with stake holder interests; options for funding internships; guaranteeing intern medical insurance and worker’s compensation coverage; and executing affiliate agreements and non-disclosure agreements with internship hosts. Participants will be given example documents to facilitate creation and implementation of internship programs including sample Scope of Work forms, Affiliate Agreements, and Non Disclosure forms. Other topics to be discussed include how to create and foster partnerships; methods to increase faculty buy-in; and strategies for empowering trainees to set up their own internships.

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