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Funded Projects

The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development has been awarded funding for several large-scale projects. Below is information about the largest of those projects.

Altfest Internship Program (since 2016)

The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development oversees the Altfest Graduate Internship Program, which funds graduate student professional development in the form of paid summer internships. Internships provide $4,000 for a minimum of 120 total work hours. Since 2018, the program has allowed students to create their own internship opportunities and then apply to the Altfest Graduate Internship Program for funding.

The Altfest Graduate Internship Program is generously funded by Drs. Karen C. and Lewis J. Altfest, alumni of the Graduate Center.

To learn more about applying to the program and to access a complete list of previous award recipients, visit the Altfest Graduate Internship Program page.

CUNY Career Success Workforce Development Initiative (2019-21)


  • Under the Microscope: The Biotechnology Industry short course with Eric Viera
  • A Grad Student’s Intro to the Finance Industry short course with Subir Dhamoon
  • Research Communication workshop series with Kyle Marian: Communicating Your Research & Improving Your Research Communication Skills
  • STEM Career Portal
  • Alumni Aloud Fellowships
  • Science Communications Fellowships & the CUNY SciComm Toolkit

Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant (2016-17)

The Graduate Center was awarded a Next Generation Humanities Ph.D. Planning Grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Planning activities at the GC encompassed three planning themes: curriculum, data, and partnerships. During the course of the grant, our planning committees met regularly to discuss desired changes for the Graduate Center and the implementation of those changes. The project culminated in the development of a white paper and a full-day career conference titled Post (Grad) Center: Engaging Publics with a PhD, which was hosted at the Graduate Center on May 4, 2017.

Visit The New PhD: A Renaissance of Public Engagement project website for a complete repository of the goals and ideas generated by the project’s planning committees.