The Applied Social Issues Internship Program

The purpose of this program is to encourage research that is conducted in cooperation with a community or government organization, public interest group or other not-for-profit entity that will benefit directly from the project.

Sponsor: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Awards range from $300 to $2,500 to cover research costs, community organizing and, in unusual cases, a stipend for the intern. Cost sharing by sponsoring department or organization is desirable.
College seniors, graduate students, and first-year post doctorates in psychology, applied social science and related disciplines are eligible. Applicant must be a Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues member.
How to Apply

The application should include:

  1. A 3-6 page proposal including the proposed budget and a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title of your proposal. If an intervention is planned, the proposal should carefully describe the theoretical rationale for the intervention, specifically how the effectiveness of the program will be assessed and the plan to disseminate the findings to relevant parties and policy makers.

  2. A short resume.

  3. A letter from a faculty sponsor/supervisor of the project, a statement concerning protection for participants if relevant and any funds that the sponsoring organization will use to support the intern’s research.

  4. A letter from an organizational sponsor (waived if the applicant is proposing to organize a group) that endorses the intern’s research activities, describes how the organization will potentially benefit from the work, and outlines any funds the organization will use to support the intern’s research.

Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online. Apply online.

For hard copy submissions, assemble 5 (five) complete packets of the required materials. Each packet should contain the exact same material and be collated. No folders please.

Mailing Address

208 "I" (Eye) St NE
Washington, DC 20002-4340
Attn: Applied Social Issues Internship