The Summer Internship Program is "on sabbatical" in 2017!
After 12 consecutive successful summers, the internship program is being given a year off to rest. But, there will be no relaxing for staff during this time! We will be evaluating the program — including talking to intern alumni — to determine what has worked and what could be strengthened, ensuring the program can continue to be valuable in meeting the changing goals and directions of participating students and the ICPSR community. We will announce a renewed program in fall 2017, with applications accepted for summer 2018. While we do not know exactly what will emerge in terms of the new program structure, students can be assured that our commitments to the following will not change:
- Providing a diverse group of students with a strong foundation for understanding social science data
- Nurturing the ability to understand and conduct social research
It is also likely that we will continue to seek students who have at least one more semester of undergraduate work after the summer of the internship.
Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a unique and expansive research experience that introduces all aspects of social science research and includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, data management training, and focused methodological education in quantitative research. This prepares interns for capstone or senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research-based employment opportunities. The students, under the supervision of faculty mentors, develop a research question, perform a literature search and review, complete data analysis, and report findings in a poster; learn good data management processes and research practices with a research process mentor; and attend classes at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods.
Additionally, regularly planned luncheon meetings focus on research projects within ICPSR/ISR, ethics in research and data management, and life in graduate school or in a research career obtainable with a Bachelor's degree in the social sciences. In the last week of the internship, the students display their work in a poster session for all faculty and staff. They leave ICPSR with a poster and abstract suitable for submission into a local/regional social science professional organization meeting of their choosing.
The internship program is excellent preparation for advanced studies and careers in data science and social science research.