APA's Public Policy Office invites applications for its 2002-03 Public Interest Policy Internship Program. The purpose of the internship is to provide psychology graduate students with an understanding of the ways in which psychological research can inform public policy, and the role psychologists can play in its development. The one or two interns selected will work on public interest policy issues in the Public Policy Office of APA's Central Office in Washington, D.C. The office helps to formulate and implement APA positions on major federal policy initiatives in the areas of public interest, education and science.
The intern will spend a year, starting in September, working with the Public Policy Office on a broad range of specific public interest policy areas pertaining to children, youth and families; aging; women; lesbian/gay/bisexual concerns; ethnic minorities; AIDS; disabilities; media; and crime and violence. The intern's activities involve participating in legislative and advocacy work, such as assisting in the preparation of briefing papers, testimony and other documents, and attending congressional hearings and coalition meetings.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology or a related discipline, in at least the second year of graduate training and be able to work 15 to 20 hours per week in APA's Washington, D.C., office from September 2002 through August 2003. The internship provides a stipend of $14.50 per hour.
Interested students are required to submit the following materials by March 29:
A detailed resumé providing information about educational background and relevant professional, public policy and/or legislative experience.
A statement of 500 words or fewer expressing the applicant's interest in the internship and what the applicant hopes to learn from the experience.
Two letters of reference, including one from the department indicating the applicant is enrolled and in good standing with the college/university.
Application materials should be sent to: APA, Public Policy Office/Internship Program, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242.
Inquiries may be directed to Deborah Cotter at (202) 336-5668, or via e-mail.