Immersion in internships provides students with a unique appreciation of the day-to-day activities of toxicologists and paths for career success in industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Such opportunities can help students establish their professional network, build confidence in career choices, and ultimately better prepare to transition into these employment sectors upon graduation.
SOT will offer graduate students funding to engage in internships within industry, government, and nonprofit organizations through the Graduate Intern Fellowship in Toxicology (GIFT). This program will enable outstanding doctoral students to pursue an internship in toxicology that advances their professional and scientific development.
Applications require the proposal of an internship outside the trainee’s academic institution. The Education and Career Development Committee (ECDC) will give priority to students proposing a toxicology-related internship that clearly states the intended internship objectives, research project goals, career development-related activities, and methodologies to be learned by the intern.
Approximately two awards of up to $3,000 each will be given for summer internships to support travel to the internship site, local housing, and/or stipend (if not provided by the internship host). The applicant should take full advantage of any stipend or funding offered by the internship host and home institute and then specify the amount and purpose of funds required from SOT. The SOT funds are to be used to close gaps in available funds to facilitate participation by graduate trainees. Applications should include letters of support from the graduate advisor and director of graduate studies, as well as documentation of acceptance from the internship host, to validate and ensure success of the opportunity.
All internships should last at least six consecutive weeks between May and August. If the deadline for the SOT funding is before acceptance into the internship, the host documentation should state this. Once accepted, the applicant should forward the acceptance notice to the ECDC, who will finalize the SOT award only after confirmation of acceptance into the internship.
More details can be found on the GIFT application site.
Required Pre-application Submission: Due November 8, 2020
The ECDC committee will accept pre-applications until November 8th, 2020. Those selected for full application will be notified by January 2021, with a deadline of February 20, 2021 for the full application.
Full Application Submission: Due February 20, 2021
Pre-application and invitation to submit a full application by the ECDC committee is required for consideration. Full application deadline is February 20, 2021. Please notify Rachel Woodson if final acceptance to the internship is not yet known by this deadline.
Send all your application materials to Rachel Woodson at (subject line “SOT GIFT” and applicant name). Your PhD advisor should be cc’d on this email. This will help us track the advisor supporting letter.
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Examples of Training Opportunities
SOT does not endorse the options listed below, but these are provided as examples of internships that might be proposed.
- Amgen Inc.
- CDC Internships
- Exxon Mobil Corporation
- General government-related internships
- The Lubrizol Corporation
- Merck & Co., Inc.
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
- National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)
- NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) at the US EPA
- Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP)
- Pfizer Inc.
Additional information is found on the SOT Internship webpages.