ACCELERATE TO INDUSTRY (A2I) | For Graduate Students

A2i - Accelerate to Industry w/ NC State

Advance your career readiness with Accelerate to Industry (A2i) Internship.


The UD A2i team partners with businesses and nonprofit organizations to offer paid, project-based internships to graduate students across the STEM, humanities and social sciences disciplines. As an A2i intern, you will utilize your advanced knowledge and research skills to solve real-world problems while building purposeful connections with employers. We know students pursuing graduate-level degrees have unique internship needs, and bring different skills and experiences to the table.That’s why our internships are specifically designed for graduate students. Let our partners help you develop the in-demand skills necessary to thrive in the workplace.

 If you’re ready to work on a dynamic team of professionals, check out the opportunities below! 

Current Opportunities


Clinical Pharmacokinetics Intern at Incyte

Seeking graduate student intern to join the team as Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK) Modeler where you will support global drug development by building models in different therapeutic areas with a focus on oncology and inflammatory diseases, implementing the right modeling & simulation strategy to assist with drug development, establishing PK/PD relationships and creating mechanistic pharmacology/toxicology models.

Priority Deadline to Apply - January 31, 2024 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern

Industry Partners

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  1. Internship positions listed here are part of the University of Delaware’s Accelerate to Industry (A2i) program. It is meant to complement research training for full-time graduate students pursuing a graduate degree in STEM, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Delaware. Graduate students from the MBA and other business-focused degree programs offered by Lerner College should apply for Lerner’s Graduate Internship Program.

  2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please consult ISSS before applying to A2i internship opportunities Only submit an application if you are eligible for CPT.

  3. For each A2i internship application, candidates must also complete this form by the application deadline.

  4. If selected for the internship, you will be expected to be registered and enrolled in the GRCO 664 course for 1-credit during the duration of the internship.


How to Apply for an A2i Internship 

  1. You can use our site to browse current openings. The links above will redirect you to the detailed Handshake job posting. New to Handshake? Check out these tips.

  2. Determine your eligibility for participating in the A2i internship program. This includes CPT eligibility.

  3. Carefully review the details of the position and application requirements. Keep in mind: 

    • Some positions are open to both master’s and doctoral students. Some may have preferred academic disciplines. This information can be found within the Handshake posting. 

    • Each internship position has differing estimated weekly time commitment. Be sure to review the eligibility requirements regarding work hours on this page and fill out any appropriate forms necessary. 

  4. Prepare your application materials. Your materials should highlight how your background and experiences align with the responsibilities of the position. Submitting a general cover letter or resume may limit your chance of getting an interview. Resources to assist with preparing your application materials are available on the Graduate Student Career Services site

  5. Review your materials 1:1 with a career coach before you submit your application. When scheduling, try to allow yourself enough time to adequately revise your materials between the advising appointment and the application deadline.  

  6. Upload your application materials as Word documents

  7. Please name your resume “[Last name]_Resume_[Position title]” where [Position title] is the title of the specific fellowship opportunity e.g. Ramos_Resume_DEI Analyst

  8. Please make sure to follow job application conventions in the United States. For example, do not include your personal information (birthdate, social security number, student ID number, etc.) or your photograph in the application.

  9. If the position requires a transcript, please provide your current University of Delaware transcript.

  10. For additional documents that may be required for some A2i internship positions, please combine the information (e.g. list of professional references, writing samples, etc) into a single document. Applicants will not be able to upload more than the required number of documents in Handshake. Use the “[Last name]_Additional_[Position title]” naming convention to name your document.

  11. Once your application documents are submitted in Handshake, it is not possible to modify your documents. Please review carefully before submission.

  12. Submit the A2i internship application form. This is required for all A2i internships.

  13. All application materials, including the A2i internship application form (see item 12) and any applicable additional work forms, are due by the deadline indicated on the Handshake posting.

A2i Internship Program Eligibility 

To be considered for an A2i internship, applicants must be enrolled full time in a graduate program at the University of Delaware, be in good academic standing (maintaining a 3.0 GPA or above), and be making satisfactory progress toward their degree.

Graduate students with contracts are encouraged to discuss additional employment with their advisors to ensure timely progress toward their degree. Please read the below instructions as applicable for your specific situation. You can also read about the Graduate College’s policies for contracted students here. Contact Dr. Mary Martin, Associate Dean of the Graduate College, with any questions regarding graduate student contracts.

  • I am a Teaching Assistant, Graduate Assistant or Research Assistant: Graduate students on contract may be employed, on campus or off campus, up to 29.5 hours per week total without approval by the student’s program, the student’s advisor or the Graduate College. Students should verify the number of hours required by their current contract by reviewing their GSCRF (Grad Student Contract Responsibility Form) in webforms. You can calculate your current total on-campus work hours by adding your GSCRF’s weekly contracted hours with any other hourly additional assignments you may have. Then, add the estimated weekly hours for your chosen A2i internship to determine whether your total combined hours would exceed 29.5 hours per week.
  • I am on a Fellowship contract: Graduate students receiving competitive fellowships and awards from the Graduate College must consult with both Dr. LaRuth McAfee and their faculty advisor / PI before applying for an A2i Internship. Graduate students receiving any other departmental or external fellowship, should review the terms of their specific fellowship before applying.

If your combined total work hours, on- and off- campus, would exceed 29.5 hours per week, you must complete the additional work policy form as part of the application process.

International graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please consult International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) before starting the application process to ensure that you meet the U.S. federal government’s immigration eligibility requirements. 

International students attending the University of Delaware on an F-1 or J-1 student visa are limited by federal regulations to no more than 20 hours of combined on-campus employment per week. This includes TA, RA or GA appointments and any additional on-campus employment. This means that international students on a full TA, RA or GA appointment are not typically eligible for additional on-campus employment or internships during the fall or spring semester, even if the Graduate College employment policy would otherwise allow it. During the winter and summer sessions, additional on-campus employment of up to 9.5 hours per week may be possible. 

In certain circumstances, international students may be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT may allow you to accept additional off-campus employment, such as an A2i internship, even if you are already working 20 hours per week on-campus. Each individual’s immigration circumstances are unique. Please make sure to consult International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for the appropriate guidance.

Student FAQs

We strive to provide a broad range of internship options for students from STEM, humanities, arts, and social sciences disciplines. Available opportunities will vary depending on the needs of our partners.

The list of partners are growing and includes organizations based in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland as well as those offering remote internships. For an up to date list of opportunities, please refer to the Current Opportunities section above.

Applicants must be enrolled full time in a graduate program at the University of Delaware, be in good academic standing (maintaining a 3.0 GPA or above), and be making satisfactory progress toward their degree. Please see details regarding eligibility above and contact with any questions you may have. 

Graduate students from Lerner College should participate in the Graduate Internship Program administered by Lerner’s Career Services team.

There is a minimum stipend rate for A2i internship and the industry sponsor covers the stipend for the intern.

Students on UD-sponsored student health insurance plans will have uninterrupted coverage during the internship. Students can confirm the details of their health insurance policy and eligibility here:

It depends on the internship. An internship could start in the Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer semester. Precise dates and hours of employment are agreed upon between the internship supervisors and students. Please check the A2i internship page regularly as you explore internship opportunities.

International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are welcome to participate in A2i internships. Please consult with ISSS as you prepare to apply for any internship position to ensure you receive authorization in advance of your employment. For off-campus employment, F-1 students must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Academic Training (AT) for J-1 students. For more information, please see the ISSS Employment page.

Yes! And we encourage you to do this so that the time spent on your internship does not negatively affect your time to degree and/or your publication records. We also encourage you to meet with your research advisor to develop a set of realistic goals and expectations for your effort in the lab during the internship period.

Yes. The government policy permits you the ability to engage in career exploration and professional development as a fellowship awardee. If you have any questions you should contact the program officer at the funding institution. If you are funded by a non-federal fellowship (for example, by professional association or foundation) you should discuss your eligibility with your program officer before applying.

No. The internship course is meant for graduate students participating in the A2i internship administered through the Graduate College.

Register for the GRCO 664 internship course during the internship period. This one-unit course is a requirement for all A2i interns. The course registration must be completed before the add / drop period. 

If selected for an A2i internship, you may be asked to sign Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), Confidentiality Agreement (CDA), or Non-Compete Agreement (NCA) with the sponsoring partner organization and and waive the intellectual property rights on any discoveries that could result from your work for the sponsoring partner organizations.

In most cases, the internship course will be extra credit and does not count toward a degree.

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