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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #476
PDS: Unveiling the Mysteries of Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Internships: Understanding and Pursuing Internships in Doctoral Education
Monday, May 27, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon E
Area: EDC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Whitney Trapp (Munroe-Meyer Institute )
MAYA FALLON (University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute)
TONI ROSE AGANA (Caldwell University)
JULIANA OLIVEIRA (Munroe Meyer Institute)

Doctoral students and those pursuing postgraduate degrees face many challenges. These challenges include identifying an advisor, selecting research topics, and determining a career choice. A potential challenge not typically discussed in broader professional groups is the pursuit of pre-doctoral internships and post-doctoral fellowships. Neither term provides much information about what they entail and how they may support your career. Students in doctoral programs may work alongside colleagues with these titles and need additional or clarifying information about these roles. This uncertainty can leave students wondering whether pursuing an internship or fellowship is worthwhile. Identifying the next steps following a doctoral program is no easy task. Many of these decisions are impacted by the career prospects the student is working towards and which settings they would like to work in. Our panel, consisting of Toni Rose Agana, a pre-doctoral intern, Dr. Maya Fallon, a domestic post-doctoral fellow, and Dr. Juliana Oliveira, an international post-doctoral fellow, will discuss what pre-doctoral internships and post-doctoral fellowships are and how students might go about seeking and applying to such experiences.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Doctoral education, Post-doctoral internship, Pre-doctoral internship, Professional development



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