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Subsidy Helps New Grads Find First Science Jobs

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Science  12 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5408, pp. 1629
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5408.1629

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SEOUL, KOREA-- A new government program is giving thousands of students with advanced degrees a temporary spot in an economy that is trying to rebound from last year's nose dive. The Research Intern Program, which places new graduates in scientific positions and subsidizes their pay for up to 1 year, is intended to carry them through tough times, keep their skills sharp, and stock universities and institutes with young talent. Although the program is not a perfect solution--the fit isn't always right, interns must keep one eye out for their next job, and their short tenure limits the type of work that can be done--it offers a life preserver to recent graduates floundering in a suddenly troubled job market.