Student-Industry Bridge

The Student-Industry Bridge Engineering Fellowship Program is a Northeastern University post-doctoral researcher, PhD candidate, pre-doctoral candidate, MS degree candidate or undergraduate conducting research of interest to you at Northeastern University under the supervision of a faculty member while also spending time as an intern at your location.

Benefits of the Fellowship Program

  • The Research Project
    • Lowers the cost of research.
    • The Fellow may access university lab equipment, processes and space that may be otherwise unavailable to the company.
    • Faculty member oversight of the Fellow ensures quality research.
    • Project builds relationships with the Fellow, other students and key academic researchers.
  • Internship
    • Brings fresh talent, skills and perspective to work side-by-side with your staff.
    • Less cost than permanent hire.
    • Can be assigned special projects.
    • A potential full-time hire.


  • The Fellowship agreement governs the research project
    • A mutually agreed-upon project conducted by the Fellow at the university under supervision of a key faculty member.
    • Covers confidentiality and ownership of inventions discovered through a research project at Northeastern University.
  • Intern agreement governs work at industry offices
    • The agreement is between the company and intern.
    • Covers confidentiality, and ownership of inventions discovered while under the direction and supervision of the company.

Details of the Fellowship Agreement

  • The term may be for any period of time not shorter than 1 semester, with renewal.
  • May be terminated by either party within 60 days of notice prior to anniversary date.
  • Company receives periodic quarterly written and oral reports.
  • Mutual protections regarding publishing and confidentiality.
  • May be amended by mutual agreement.

Details of Internship Agreement

  • Covers confidentiality.
  • Ownership of inventions and IP when intern is at industry site.
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation clauses.
  • Intern does not participate in any insurance, disability retirement, pension, health or other plan offered to corporate employees.

Funding the Fellowship

  • Funding is based on academic level, time commitment, and other factors.
    • Post-doctoral researcher: $70,000 – $90,000/year.
    • Ph.D. candidate: $50,000-$70,000year.
    • Pre-doctoral candidate: $40,000-$60,000/year.
    • M.S. candidate: $30,000-$50,000/year.
    • Undergraduate student: $10,000 – $30,000/year.

Department Contact

Rebecca Willits
Rebecca Willits
Professor and Chairperson,  Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering

Mechanobiology of neural systems; Systems for nerve regeneration; Diversity and equity in engineering