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CETI - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Career Exploration Through Internships (CETI) program?
  • The Career Exploration Through Internships (CETI) program at UC Davis allows graduate students to do internships in a broad range of career settings beyond academic research/teaching. The goal of CETI is to provide UC Davis graduate students with hands-on experience in appropriate career environments in order to help them make informed decisions about which of the many career paths to pursue post graduation. The Career Exploration Through Internships (CETI) program consists of two main components: the CETI training component and the CETI internship.
  • Does the internship site or the CETI program choose who goes on what internship?
  • Internship sites make the final decision on which interns they wish to  accept (or whether they wish to take any interns at that time). Internship sites will interview CETI students to determine the best fit for the internship. The role of the CETI program is to identify and train talented and enthusiastic students and appropriately direct them to exciting internship opportunities. The internship sites themselves make all staffing decisions.
  •  I am a potential internship site, how much would an intern cost me?
  • We ask that internship sites provide the graduate students with remuneration that is at least as much as their graduate stipend and health insurance for a quarter. At this time the cost for one student over the entire quarter is approximately $9000 (please contact CETI for more specific numbers). All for-profit entities are expected to be able to cover the cost of a student intern. If you are a non-profit or governmental organization that has a project needing an intern, there are limited funds that you can apply for that would help pay for all or part of an intern. Please contact the CETI program coordinator for information.
  • I am an internship site and might be interested in taking on a CETI intern, what do I do?
  • That's great! Please contact the CETI program coordinator.
  • How are students in the CETI program chosen?
  • The process of selecting the annual CETI student cohort involves a written application. Criteria used to evaluate a student during the selection process include evaluating the student's level of maturity, the extent of the student's communication skills, the ability of the student to work independently and as a member of a team, the dedication and work ethic of the student and the level of genuine interest of the student in the chosen area of potential internship.
  •  If a student is admitted to the CETI program, what requirements does the student have to fulfill?
  • All CETI students must participate in all of the CETI training workshops and complete all outside work associated with them. Students must put in a good faith effort to work with CETI to secure an internship placement. Students must also complete all evaluation exercises during and after the CETI program. After completing an internship, all students will be required to turn in a 2 – 5 page written summary of the internship experience. Additionally, if a student is still at UC Davis at the time of CETI's big annual event, the student must participate in the CETI seminar/poster session when it occurs.
  • What if I want to do an internship and my Major Professor says no (or I think s/he will say no)?
  • We understand that discussing the possibility of doing an internship with your Major Professor can be very difficult and might not be received positively. We at CETI are available to work through strategies to prepare you for this conversation and potential questions and concerns that might arise. However, it is up to the discretion of your Major Professor to allow you to be part of the CETI program. They are not required to let you join the program.
  • Is a Major Professor required to let a student do an internship?
  • No. It is up to the discretion of a student's Major Professor to allow the student to go on an internship. They are not required to let a student do an internship.
  • Will a student have a stipend and/or health insurance while he/she is on an internship?
  • Yes. The student's stipend will be covered by the internship site or by the CETI program. The student will also be guaranteed enough remuneration to be able to buy into student health insurance for the quarter that he/she is on an internship. Graduated students will be provided with an equivalent monetary amount as is provided to current students, but they will be responsible for finding their own insurance and health care provider.
  • Will the CETI program cost a student's Major Professor (or the student's graduate program) any money?
  • No. While the student is on the CETI internship, the student's stipend and health insurance will be covered either by a) the internship site (for-profit sites) or b) through a full/partial fellowship from CETI (non-profit sites).
  • Can a student do an internship if he/she is on a fellowship?
  • Many fellowships will allow a student to temporarily stop a fellowship for a period and then start it again at a later date. Each fellowship is different and will have to be investigated individually, but having a fellowship is not necessarily an obstacle to being part of the CETI program.
  • Can a student do an internship after graduation (or while on filing fee)?
  • Yes. It is possible to do an internship after graduation. An applicant to the CETI program must be a student during the application period and while completing the training workshops. The student must start his/her internship within a half year of graduating (i.e., if a student graduates this fall quarter s/he must start the internship by the following summer quarter). A student cannot do an internship during the quarter that s/he are on filing fee. During the quarter one is on filing fee, the student would be enrolled as a student and as such would be expected and required to fulfill their duties as a student (i.e., write the graduate thesis). All internships require full-time participation and therefore cannot be mixed with scholastic and laboratory endeavors.
  • Who can be part of the CETI program?
  • Please see the student eligibility requirements.
  • Where can students do internships?
  • The list of sites that have open internships is constantly evolving. Currently, students have done or are planning to do internships in the following areas: industry research in biotech/pharma/food science, science education, science policy, science communication, business relating to science, clinical regulatory affairs and intellectual property. Students are also welcome and encouraged to investigate and set up their own placements in coordination with CETI.