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One thought on “Question of the month- PhD internships”

  1. The answer to the question depends on the point of view.
    PhD internships ARE a valuable exposure to careers outside academia TO PhD candidates.
    They also ARE harmful distraction from research, most likely to the PhD advisor (how much would depend on the size of the research group) and possibly as well for the PhD student. The latter is not necessarily an intrinsic property of the internship but the result of having increasingly demanding requirements to publish anything, pretty much anywhere, and only three years to complete a PhD project. There is a clear disconnect there.
    It would be convenient that ROs and PhD advisors had their records tracked regarding how their PhD candidates fare in the job market, same as it happens with undergraduate students. I think this would level a bit the risk to the research project coming from a 3-month halt.


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