Professional Development

Workshops will address professional skills, scientific communication, scientific writing, data analysis, ethics and budgeting. RIPTIDES trainees will receive training to enable them to reach diverse audiences through effective communication and education, and support policymakers in translating science to inform decisions.  
The internship experience is meant to give students experience in the use or translation of science or scientific thinking in a non-academic work setting.  Students and internship sponsors will be matched based on mutual interests and the availability of internship opportunities. Internship sponsors will participate in a brief training to orient them to the objectives of the RIPTIDES program and the expectations for the internship experiences.  At the start of the course, sponsors will provide a description of the project(s) they have available for intern(s) to work on. Interns will also be provided with guidance on their professional responsibilities as an intern. There is no expectation that the internship experience be linked to the thesis research project, but in some cases the internship activities could form a core or an extension of the thesis project.  Though RIPTIDES trainees will complete only one internship, weekly group meetings will be designed with the goal of sharing things learned in each trainee’s internship across the entire class.