What is the PhD Industry Pathways Program?
The Industry Pathways Program is designed to prepare students for the full spectrum of opportunities they will encounter after graduation. The “traditional” career path coming out of doctoral programs has changed considerably in the last decades; data compiled by the NSF show that a growing number of STEM PhD graduates are pursuing careers in industry and other settings outside of higher education. In 2019, 2/3 of students receiving PhDs in mathematics or the physical, earth or computer sciences reported accepting job offers in industry and business.
Industry Pathways provides PhD students with the skills, exposure, and professional development needed to pursue career paths in industry. The pilot program, focusing on STEM PhD students, creates a parallel learning experience to supplement formal training by augmenting classroom learning and lab experiences with professional development curriculum. Students underrepresented in STEM fields, including women, people of color, students of low socioeconomic status, and first-generation college students, are encouraged to apply.
PhD students looking for training and insight about industry careers will:
- Learn about our dual learning approach
- Discover new knowledge and technology
- Bridge the gap between current curriculum and industry job placement
- Connect with industry leaders and gain experience in professional development