It's important to realize that professional development is also invaluable to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows wanting to pursue a career outside academia. Leaders in business, government, industry, and the nonprofit sector want to hire graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated higher level organizational skills and an investment in their own professional development.
The Graduate Teacher Program in collaboration with Career Services administers the Professional Development Certificate for Business, Government, Industry or the Arts. This collaborative program engages graduate student participants in participation in both the Graduate Teacher Program and Career Services activities because we believe that teaching experience and content knowledge are valuable skill sets in the nonacademic market.
To participate you must be a registered CU-Boulder graduate student in good standing, a CU-Boulder postdoctoral fellow with departmental approval, or a CU-Boulder instructor of faculty member. The completion of the certificate will be noted on the graduate student's transcripts.
Any graduate student who is making adequate progress toward his or her degree is eligible to apply for an internship and to pursue the certificate.
Our goals for the program include:
We suggest that graduate teachers complete the requirements over a minimum of two years.
Because the project involves two units and an off-campus site, the application procedure is complex. However, students who have persevered have been very happy with their outcomes.