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The Graduate Student Internships for Career Exploration Program (GSICE) is a program at UCSF that allows graduate students to do internships outside of academic research. The goal of GSICE is to provide students with hands-on experience in appropriate career environments in order to help graduate students at UCSF make informed decisions about which of the many career paths to pursue post graduation. The Graduate Student Internships for Career Exploration program consists of two main components: the GSICE training component and the GSICE internship.

Quick Facts about GSICE

  • All graduate students in the basic and biomedical sciences are eligible to be part of the program. This includes the following programs: Bioengineering; Biological and Medical Informatics; Biomedical Sciences; Biophysics; Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Neuroscience; Developmental and Stem Cell Biology; Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics; and Tetrad (Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics).
  • The internship component of GSICE is full time and is a quarter in length (i.e., 3 months). The internships can occur in the Fall, Winter or Summer quarters and would not bridge two quarters. During this period, the student would be on a leave of absence from UCSF. (GSICE is also open to recently graduated students.)
  • For the quarter that the student is on the internship, the student will have their graduate stipend covered by either the internship site or a GSICE fellowship. Additionally, the student will be provided with enough extra remuneration to buy into UCSF 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 PI will not be financially responsible for the student at this time.
  • A student must have the approval of their PI and the Graduate Program Director to go on a GSICE internship.
  • A student must have passed their qualifying exams and must be in good academic standing to be eligible for the GSICE program.
  • The PI and the Graduate Program Director have the ultimate discretion in deciding if a GSICE internship is appropriate for a student. The GSICE program is not a requirement and PI’s are not required to let their students be part of the program.
  • Currently, because of visa issues, it is difficult for international students to go on internships.
  • The training component of GSICE consists of 8 workshops that will be approximately 2 hours in length.


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