PG7028 PhD Internship
The objective of the module is to enhance students' employability and transferable skills through work experience and critical reflection. Research students in Year 2 and above, with the approval of their supervisor, will arrange an internship or work placement for a duration of at least 20 full days. The placement can be paid or unpaid, or supported by external funding (e.g. Erasmus), and can occur in a variety of relevant national or international settings (e.g. academic, commercial, cultural, heritage, statutory, NGO etc.). Students are required to identify a mentor within the workplace.
Students are also required to paricipate in a briefing session with the UCC Careers Service where they can complete a skills analysis and determine which skills they need to develop and set goals while on the internship. Pleae email Deirdre Parker (D.Parker@ucc.ie) to make an appointment. On completion of the internship they are also required to participate in a de-briefing session where they can reflect on the learning gained, update their CV accordingly and make further plans to move their PhD/career forward in a purposeful way. At the end of the placement, students will deliver a final reflective report on their experience to their supervisor, with a copy to the module co-ordinator.
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Broaden their understanding of possible range of employment opportunities to aid career choice
b) Reflect on the experiential learning and personal development experienced on the placement and summarise in a Reflective Final Report
c) Demonstrate how critical learning on the work placement/internship can inform their identification of further areas for skill development
d) Articulate a deepened knowledge of transferable skills and their applicability in both academic and workplace settings.
Dates: Semester 1,2 and 3
Credit Weighting: 10 credits
Applicability: PhD students in year 2 or above
PhD students registered for this module in general should arrange their own placement (see, for example, internships listed in the UCC Works programme at http://www.ucc.ie/en/careers/uccworks/). Your supervisor and the UCC Careers Service may be able to offer you advice on suitable placement opportunities.