Ph.D. Student Internships
November 2019 (perspective of an assistant professor)
I summarize some reasons for and against doing internships as a Ph.D. student.
We're super-privileged to be in a field (e.g., computing, HCI) with plenty of great-paying industry job options. Thus, many of our Ph.D. students do summer internships instead of staying on campus to work on their dissertation research.
Ph.D. students often ask me whether they should try to get an internship in the upcoming summer. I interned for 3 out of the 5 summers of my Ph.D., which is higher than the average of 1 or 2 summers for my field. Here are my (semi-disorganized) thoughts:
Reasons for doing a summer internship:
Reasons for not doing a summer internship:
Three types of Ph.D. internships: