Applied Social Issues Internship

Posted by on April 2, 2007


The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) sponsors this 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.


College seniors, graduate students, and first-year post doctorates in psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines are eligible. 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 Proposal can be submitted in two ways. For electronic submissions, please send as an email attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Write "ASI" application" as the subject of the email. Label the attached file "ASI_YourlastnameYourFirstname".

For hard copy submissions, assemble 4 (four) complete packets of the material listed below. Each packet should contain the exact same material and be collated. No folders please. Mail the complete application to SPSSI, 208 "I" (Eye) St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4340. Attn: Applied Social Issues Internship. The Application should include:

A cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail address and title of the proposal.

A 2-5 page proposal including budget. 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.

A short resume.

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.

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.


Applications must be received by Friday April 6, 2007. Announcement of the awards will be made by May 1, 2007. Late applications may be held until the next deadline.

For further information contact:
The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
Phone: 202-675-6956
Fax : 202-675-6902
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