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CEO Trainee Requirements

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Dates and Deadlines

Interested in participating? Please be aware of the following dates:


CEO Program Timeline

Recommended Year

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1 year before 6 months before 3 months before 1 month before 1-12 weeks after
(during internship)
>12 weeks after

Explore and identify careers, goals

Sign up for CEO coursework

Target sponsors, apply for internships

Conduct practice interviews

Interview, secure internship

Consult with advisor/PI, other stakeholders, and SoMCC

Complete leave of absence paperwork

Internship begins

Enroll in/audit Practicum class; attend one check-in class session

Present to/ discuss internship with stakeholders

Complete evaluation


Average time for internship

Internships typically last 8-12 weeks. Trainees are encouraged to pursue full-time internships to maximize their learning outcomes. For internships that include a salary or stipend, a leave of absence is recommended to avoid funding concerns. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. (See FAQs).

Checklist of program requirements

The basic sequence of events and requirements for trainees to participate in the CEO internship program is as follows:

Checklist for internships

Before starting the internship

During the internship

After the internship

Trainees are advised to plan and complete their research requirements ahead of time bearing in mind that they will not always be able to work in their academic labs during the internship. Planning this will help them focus fully on the internship and avoid unnecessary disruptions to the progress of their research.

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