CNS is designed to foster multidisciplinary research as well as close collaboration and communication between corporate and academic researchers. The CNS graduate summer internship program is an essential element supporting the development of collaborative relationships.
Specifically, this program:
- Places graduate summer interns at member companies
- Encourages the development of joint CNS-member company research
- Builds relationships and communication channels between CNS researchers and member company technical staff
The program successfully focuses the internship projects to be aligned with corporate research interests, faculty research interests, and in support of synergy between the companies and CNS. The program has been successfully operating for several years, sending dozens of top UCSD graduate students to member companies. In many of these cases, the corporate and CNS researchers have continued to work together throughout the following academic year, and in some cases, the student’s Ph.D. dissertation topic grew out of work that began with the internship and continued through close collaboration with company researchers. The CNS summer internship program is integral to fostering continuing collaborations between our industrial partners and UCSD faculty.