Public Interest Policy Internship for Graduate Students

American Psychological Association

This internship was established to provide graduate students with firsthand knowledge of the ways in which psychological research can inform public policy and the roles psychologists can play in its formulation and implementation. This is a one year internship on public interest policy issues on the staff of APA's Public Interest Government Relations Office. The scholar's activities include 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.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    The purpose of this scholar position is to provide graduate students
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology, in at least the second year of graduate training.
  • Major/Career:
    Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology
  • Organization:
    Applicants should be members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
  • Miscellaneous:
    Must be available to work 15 hours per week in APA's Central Office in Washington, D.C., from September until August.
  • Other Benefits:
    The scholar position provides a stipend of $15 per hour.

Application Details

  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    A personal statement of 500 words or less, expressing the applicants interest in psychology and public policy and what the applicant hopes to learn from the scholar experience.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    Three letters of recommendation that specifically addresses the applicants dependability, confidentiality and aptitude for policy work or research, based on the recommenders past or current experience with the applicant. Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by a reference survey (PDF, 246KB) that is to be completed by the author of the letter of recommendation.
  • Other Materials:
    A completed application cover sheet;A current vita;A letter from the department indicating the applicant is enrolled and is in good standing with the college/university;A literature review (limit five pages) displaying the applicants ability to translate complex ideas.

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