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The Applied Social Issues Internship

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.


Undergraduate seniors (rising seniors included), graduate students, and first-year post doctorates in psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicant must be a SPSSI member.


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.

The Application should include:

a)  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.

b)  A short resume.

c)  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.

d)  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.


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

**Faculty sponsor/supervisor and organizational sponsor letters may be uploaded with your application or emailed to


This is an annual award. Applications must be received by March 15th. Announcement of the awards will be made by May 15th. Late applications may be held until the next deadline.

Click here to view previous Applied Social Issues Internship Winners!