CMCB trainees benefit from professional experiences outside of Brandeis to facilitate their transition to post-PhD careers, via the Externship program in Year 4+ (after they have completed their two years of support). Each student meets with the Program Directors at the end of Year 3 to begin planning their two week-long externship, which is supported administratively and financially by the University.
Potential externships might include:
- a student interested in bioindustry arranges an externship at a local biotech company in the Boston area;
- a student interested in teaching shadows a Professor at a local teaching institute (of which there are many in the Boston area);
- a student interested in becoming a microscopy facility manager takes a short training course (e.g., ones offered at Marine Biological Laboratory and Harvard Medical School);
- a student interested in scientific publication shadows an Editor at a nearby journal office.
A student interested in pursuing a career in academic research does an externship at another research institute to explore a new model system or approach, or enrolls in a training course in an area of potential interest (e.g., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory courses in Cryo-EM, Metabolomics, Single Cell Analysis, Synthetic Biology).