Industrial Leadership in Physics

Chip created by Isha Dube (Class of 2014) during an Industrial Apprenticeship at IBM Almaden Research Lab


The ILP adds business coursework to its curriculum to complement a foundation in Applied Physics. Coursework includes courses in Accounting and Finance as well as seminars on Intellectual Property Rights.



  • Apprentice for 11.5-month with an industrial partner
  • Integrate your real-life training into Ph.D. thesis research
  • Benefit from experiencing the industrial environment first-hand
  • Increase competitiveness in the job force

International students

Placing foreign students can be difficult — not insurmountable — due to employment restrictions, but there are still opportunities at multi-national corporation and within certain agencies. Our department has an extensive contact base that can facilitate this process.


Students are encouraged to engage with their industrial mentor on many different topics and to be as involved with them as they are able to donate their time. Be prepared with your short and long-term professional goals, relevant questions, and be receptive to their feedback. The department monitors student involvement in the mentoring program.