The landscape of doctoral education is changing. Graduate training today requires more than exceptional academic preparation. Doctoral students—who conduct research, think, and write at the highest level—possess expertise that is in demand across a broad range of fields in our knowledge-driven world. But today’s careers, both inside the academy and beyond, demand an additional set of skills and experience: students must be able to collaborate within diverse environments, communicate advanced knowledge effectively, and provide leadership that inspires others.
As a national leader in graduate education, Rackham Graduate School is pursuing a historic shift in how doctoral students are trained and prepared for their careers. For decades, students have acquired professional experience as research assistants and teaching assistants. The Rackham Doctoral Intern Fellowship Program introduces a third approach by giving students the chance to translate their research expertise into practice. Through internship opportunities that are available during the academic year as well as the summer, this program offers students maximal flexibility for incorporating these vital experiences into their doctoral education. Students apply their skills in a range of sectors, from biotechnology and national laboratories to information technology and cultural institutions.
The University of Michigan was among the very first American universities to award the research-based Ph.D. By establishing internships as a new cornerstone of doctoral education, we affirm the university’s commitment to preparing our students as research and scholarship leaders who are ready to meet the challenges ahead.
Rackham Doctoral Intern Fellowship Program
Fall and Winter Term
Rackham Fall and Winter Doctoral Intern Fellowships offer doctoral candidates three options for pursuing internships for 20 hours per week during the academic term.
Rackham Spring/Summer Doctoral Intern Fellowships offer doctoral students at any stage in their Rackham program three options for funding full or part time internships between May and August.
Rackham Internship Guide
If you are a doctoral student considering an internship, Rackham’s Internship Guide can help you think about what factors to consider as you plan on making an internship a part of your graduate experience at U-M.