Pre-docs in Industry
The majority of pre-doctoral opportunities are at universities and public-sector research institutions like the Federal Reserve. In recent years, there has been a growing trend of pre-docs in private industry. There are many firms that wish to employ PhDs, so they have developed pre-doc programs to help guide people toward that degree. The core strength of these pre-doctoral opportunities--exposure to world-class researchers, work in coding and data analysis, networking for a future research career--remain the same as those in universities, even as their corporate contexts bring their own unique strengths for applied empirical research. Here are several major pre-doc programs in private industry that are partnered with the PREDOC Consortium.