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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 UCSF basic and biomedical science 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 Graduate Student Internships for Career Exploration program consists of two main components: the GSICE training component and the GSICE internship.

GSICE Training Component

The GSICE training component consists of eight workshops. These workshops are built 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 GSICE program students attend each workshop.

Please note: This year, graduate students accepted into the GSICE program will be required to register for BMS 285, GSICE Career and Professional Development Training. The course will be graded on a P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) basis. A major component for passing the course is attendance.


The workshops

  1. Orientation
  2. Career Assessment Workshop
  3. Individual Development Plan Group Workshop
  4. Individual Development Plan, Small Groups
  5. Job Search Skills--Resumes
  6. Job Search Skills--Interviews
  7. Myers-Briggs Communication Workshop
  8. Succeeding as a Professional Workshop

GSICE Coffee Talks

As a student in the GSICE program you are eligible to attend private GSICE Coffee Talk events. These Coffee Talks typically occur once a month and are an opportunity for a small number of GSICE students to interact closely with a guest PhD professional. The purpose of these Coffee Talks is to allow students an opportunity to easily engage in career exploration and grow their networks. The Coffee Talks are typically organized by GSICE students themselves, so the guests and topics relate directly to the interests of students in the program.


GSICE Internship Component

The core of the GSICE program is the internship. The goal of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience outside of research academia. Important details about the internship:

Internship Structure

  • The internship is full-time and can be done during or right 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 UCSF. The internship can occur in 3 of the four academic quarter (Fall, Winter, Summer) but it cannot bridge two quarters. (Students typicallly may not do an internship in the Spring quarter due to complications with student health insurance.)
  • 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 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.)
  • Internships are typically in the following areas:
    • Biotech/pharma research
    • Science education
    • Science policy
    • Science communication
    • Business relating to science
    • Law
  • 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.
  • At the moment, it is anticipated that all internships will be located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eligibility for the Program

  • 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).
  • Students must have passed their qualifying exams and must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must have written approval from both their PI and Thesis Committee Chair to do an internship.
  • International students are eligible to be part of the program, but due to visa issues, they should be aware that it might be difficult to do an internship.

GSICE Program Timeline

  • The application to GSICE opens every fall.
  • Cohort training: Winter Quarter, January-March
  • Summer quarter—first new cohort internships begin
  • Students will be expected to participate in the evaluation of the GSICE program during and after the program.

How to apply to GSICE

Please find the instructions on how to apply here.


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