CETI - Career Exploration Through Internships for Graduate Students

​CETI is a program at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) that allows graduate students to do internships in a broad range of career settings beyond academic research/teaching.

The CETI program is open to graduate students in nine selected programs: Biomedical Engineering, Food Science, ImmunologyIntegrative Genetics and Genomics, Integrative PathobiologyNeuroscience, Pharmacology & ToxicologyPlant Biology, Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology

Graduate Students eligible for internships are PhD Candidates (at minimum having passed all their doctoral qualifying exams).

Internships are full-time for a period of 3 months and typically occur during one academic quarter including summer.


To support mentored career exploration by providing career path education, career planning and internship opportunities for UC Davis PhD students in selected disciplines, so that they can make independent and well-informed career decisions by the time of degree completion.


The CETI program is a collaboration involving UC Davis Graduate Studies, UC Davis Internship and Career Center, UC Davis FUTURE program, UCSF School of Medicine, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development and UCSF Graduate Division. This program is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the NIH Commons BEST initiative.