This program provided a unique funding opportunity to establish an institutional PIIPS program to provide PhD students with experience in industrial settings, such as the pharmaceutical/biotechnology or government regulatory sectors, while enrolled in graduate school. The objectives of the PIIPS program included:
- To increase opportunities for PhD students enrolled in graduate programs with an emphasis on pharmacology to participate in industrial internships during their graduate training.
- To develop and foster university-industry partnerships facilitating diversity in graduate training and career options related to pharmacology.
- To facilitate opportunities for PhD students to make informed decisions about careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors as well as other allied disciplines such as the FDA and Contract Research Organizations.
- To increase participation by industrial organizations in graduate student internships.