UCSF Career and Professional Development Internship (2 positions)

United States
Job Posted Date: 
August 26, 2022
Internship Positions
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Dates: Fall 2022-Summer 2023. Potential for renewal.

Deadline to apply: September 18, 2022

Compensation: $960/month

Positions available: 2

Work location: Hybrid, flexible (most work will be done virtually; occasional Mission Bay or Parnassus events possible)

Hours: Expectation is that hours range from 3-10 per week, with flexibility around academic and personal obligations.

The Office of Career and Professional Development is hiring two PhD students and/or postdocs to join our team of Career and Professional Development Interns. (Learn more about our vision and values.) We’re looking for students/postdocs who are excited to serve as peer advisors, and are interested in learning more about evidence-based approaches to professional skill-building, career exploration, job applications, and other career and professional development topics.

Why become a Career and Professional Development Intern?

Interns will have a significant impact on the future of career and professional development at UCSF. The Internship is also designed to strengthen and demonstrate “soft skills” that employers in all sectors find valuable, such as leadership, collaboration, and communication.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Peer Advising: One of our Interns’ primary responsibilities is peer advising. After training, interns will spend about 30% of their time (about 3 hours/week) offering peer mentoring and advising to other students in small groups, or 1:1.  
  • OCPD Projects: Interns will spend 30-50% of their time (approximately 3-5 hours/week) working on other projects for our office, supervised and mentored by an OCPD Program Director. Individual projects will be assigned based on the office’s needs and each Intern’s skills and interests. Examples of possible OCPD projects to which Interns might contribute:
    • Communications: Publicizing events; designing and writing newsletters; developing strategies for disseminating career development resources;
    • Outreach: Promoting understanding of career and professional development amongst students and postdocs on campus, and encouraging students and postdocs to engage with us;
    • Resource development: Creating a brief written or video tutorial on a professional process or skill; designing a template or guide for a decision, process, or milestone in graduate school; or curating a library of helpful samples;
    • Programs: Helping to put on OCPD programs, including creating event pages; sending out reminders to participants; helping to facilitate interactive activities;
    • Classes: Helping coordinate OCPD classes, including tracking assignments; communicating with class participants and guest speakers; managing gradebook.
  • Meetings: Interns spend 10-20% of their time (about 1-2 hours/week) meeting as a cohort, for trainings and to get group feedback on their projects; and/or meeting with their OCPD supervisor for mentorship and check-ins.
  • Self-Directed Training: Interns spend 10-20% of their paid work time (about 1-2 hours/week) working on their own career and professional development, and familiarizing themselves with the OCPD’s resources. Examples could include attending an OCPD workshop on mentoring or teaching; researching a career path of interest to you; doing informational interviews, or attending a networking event.
Job Requirements: 


  • Current UCSF postdoc, or PhD student in any department who has advanced to candidacy;
  • If you are offered the position, you must receive written permission from your P.I. and department;
  • International students and postdocs may be eligible depending on visa type, and should consult with ISSO.

What we’re looking for:

Required skills and experience:

  • Judgment
  • Communication
  • Experience working collaboratively

Any of following skills and experiences are not required, but would be a plus:

  • Group or 1:1 facilitation, mentoring, or coaching
  • Leadership 
  • Advocacy/activism 
  • Enacting the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Needs assessment 
  • Website development; video creation and editing; email marketing

We especially welcome applications from those who have lived experience with or expertise in the career and professional development needs of:

  • BIPOC students/postdocs;
  • First-gen students and postdocs;
  • Humanities, social science, and population science students/postdocs;
  • International students/postdocs
How to Apply: 

We currently have two positions available:

  • One Intern will work with Program Director Linda Louie on programs and peer advising related to career exploration, experiential learning, and employer engagement for grad students and postdocs.
  • One Intern will work with Program Director Rachel Care on programs and peer advising supporting early-stage graduate students in lab rotations, thesis lab selection, becoming established in thesis labs/groups, and developing training plans.

If you would prefer one of these positions, please specify in your cover letter. (If you have no preference, that’s fine too.)

Please email a resume and cover letter to Drs. Linda Louie and Rachel Care at [email protected] by Sunday, September 18, 2022.

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