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CETI - Program Components

Overview

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.

CETI Training Component

The training component consists of eight workshops. These workshops are designed to prepare students for the internship interview process, orient students for their future internships and give students career development skills that will also be useful for their eventual job searches post graduation. It is mandatory that CETI program students attend each workshop.

The workshops

  • Program Orientation
  • Career Assessment Worksheet
  • Individual Development Plan: Part 1 (Goal Setting)
  • Individual Development Plan: Part 2 (Detailed Plan)
  • Job Search and Resume Skills
  • Interview and Negotiation Skills
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Communication
  • Succeeding as a Professional
  • Taking the Next Step

CETI Internship Component

The core of the CETI program is the internship. The goal of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience outside of academic research. The internship is full-time and can be done during or up to six months after graduate school. If the internship is done during graduate school: the internship is an academic quarter in length (i.e., 3 months). During this period the student will take a leave of absence from UC Davis.

The internship can occur in any of the four academic quarters (fall, winter, spring, summer) but it cannot bridge two quarters.  If the internship is done post-graduation there is more flexibility around the start and the length of the internship.

For the quarter that the student is on the internship the student’s graduate stipend will be covered by either the internship site or a CETI fellowship. Additionally, the student will be provided with enough extra remuneration to buy into UC Davis student health coverage for the quarter. (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).
Internships are typically in the following areas:

  • Industry research
  • Science education
  • Science policy
  • Science communication
  • Business relating to science
  • Intellectual property
  • Clinical Regulatory

While it is possible for a student to do an internship outside of these areas it will typically require more effort on the part of the student to investigate and secure potential internship placements. Most internships will be located in northern California.

Eligibility for the Program

Nine graduate programs have been selected to participate: Biomedical Engineering, Comparative Pathology, Food Science, Immunology, Integrative Genetics and Genomics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Plant Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology.  Students must have passed their qualifying exams and must be in good academic standing. Students must have written approval from their Major Professor to participate in the CETI program.​

Quick Facts

  • Nine graduate programs are eligible to participate in the CETI program.  These include: Biomedical Engineering, Food Science, Integrative Genetics and Genomics, Integrative Pathobiology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Plant Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology.  
  • The internship component of CETI is full time and is a quarter in length (i.e., 3 months). The internships can occur in the fall, winter, spring or summer quarters and cannot bridge two quarters. CETI is also open to recently graduated students who may participate in an internship up to 6 months after completion of the PhD.
  • For the quarter that the student is on the internship, the student’s graduate stipend will be covered by either the internship site or a CETI fellowship. Additionally, the student will be provided with enough extra remuneration to buy into UC Davis student health coverage for the quarter. (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.) The Major Professor will not be financially responsible for the student at this time.
  • A student must have the approval of their Major Professor to participate in the CETI program.
  • A student must have passed their qualifying exams and must be in good academic standing to be eligible for the CETI program.
  • The training component of CETI consists of nine workshops – one of the workshops is three hours in length, but the other eight will are each two hours long.  Workshops take place over an 9 week period in winter quarter 2015.