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Doctoral course - Career skills for scientists

Learn more about career options for PhDs and increase your awareness about all the transferable skills you obtain during your doctoral education. You can also take the opportunity to apply for a one month financed internship in a company or organization within the public or private sector.

The course includes reflections over what career options that exist and sessions where academic and non-academic careers paths and entrepreneurial options are presented and discussed. In addition, the course includes the process and steps in a job application procedure, project management, networking practice and how to use communication skills in various contexts.


Application period for the course in spring 2020 was open between Oct 15th and Nov 15th 2019.

Here is a direct link to the course in the PhD course catalogue.

The next application round is in fall 2020 for the course spring 2021.


The course will be given on Wednesdays afternoons between 13.00 and 17.00 on the first four occasions (29/1, 5/2, 12/2 and 19/2). The company mingle, with the opportunity to apply for an internship, will take place week 10 or 11. Examinations days (individual presentations, divided into 3 groups) will take place March 17, 18 and 19.

Individual assignment

The individual assignment is to interview and write two “Career portraits”. We collaborate with a scientific journalist, Natalie von der Lehr and you are recommended to submit your texts to her, to get feedback about improvements.


Career Service recruit companies and announce the internship projects to the participants in the Careers skills for scientist course. There are maximum 20 internship projects each year.

You need to have your supervisor confirmation that you can apply for an internship project. This confirmation should be submitted to KI Collaboration portal together with your CV(s).

We will organize a company mingle at KI , where you can ask questions about the proposed projects. You are eligible to apply for 3 internship projects and application should be submitted to KI Collaboration portal. The internship period one month on fulltime, is recommended to take place between March and September.

If you are selected for an internship project, your PI/admin can find information on how to be reimbursed on this web page.


Ayla De Paepe

Career program manager supporting PhD students