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Other programs and resources for undergraduates

Although the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy is not likely to offer the Galbraith Scholars program in summer 2011, undergraduates with interests in public policy and the social sciences may wish to investigate these programs offered elsewhere:

:: Public Policy and Law

:: Social Sciences and Research



:: Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference
Held annually each spring for first and second year undergraduates interested in careers in public service.
Application deadline: Usually November.


:: Breakthrough Institute Summer Fellows Program
The Breakthrough Institute, a leading public policy think tank, is seeking up to eight of the country's top young analysts, writers, and thought leaders for a paid fellowship in Summer 2011 as part of its young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellowships are highly competitive -- in 2010, 5 percent of applicants were accepted -- and involve cutting-edge writing, research, and analysis on energy and climate issues. Breakthrough Generation fellows have published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, and the Huffington Post, and their projects have been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others, and in Congressional testimony.
Application deadline: Usually February.


:: Coro Fellows Program
The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, intelligent and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. Coro introduces program participants to all aspects of the public affairs arena, preparing them to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities and beyond. Through field placements, group interviews, seminars, focus weeks, individual and group projects, Coro Fellows develop strategies for consensus building and personal and professional networks. Application deadline: Usually January.


:: PPIA Junior Summer Institutes
UC Berkeley | Michigan| Carnegie-Mellon | Maryland | Princeton
Intensive seven-week program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. For college students who have completed junior year by the start of the program.
Application deadline: Usually in early fall.


:: TRIALS | Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools
A partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation, TRIALS is a fully subsidized residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated college students of modest means gain admission to the nation’s leading law schools. This rigorous five-week summer course enhances opportunities for students of underrepresented backgrounds by bolstering their skills and focusing their goals.
Application deadline: Usually in January.


:: Urban Institute Summer Academy
The Urban Institute offers an eight-week summer program for college students between their junior and senior year who are interested in careers in public policy research. Eligible applicants must be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group and be US citizens or permanent legal residents. The unique multi-pronged approach of The Urban Institute Summer Academy aims to provide students with policy knowledge, technical skills training, guided research projects, career skills development, and exposure to policy research careers. Students will build their knowledge of important public policy issues in the following areas: Poverty and Income Support, Employment Policy, Education Policy, Health Policy, Housing and Urban Neighborhoods, Crime and Justice Policy, and Federal Budget and Tax Policy.
Application deadline: Usually in February.



:: American Bar Foundation Summer Research Diversity Program
This program of summer research fellowships is designed to introduce undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. Each student will be assigned to an American Bar Foundation Research Professor who will involve the student in the professor's research project and who will act as mentor during the student's tenure. The students also will participate in a series of seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of sociolegal research. The students will work at the American Bar Foundation's offices in Chicago, Illinois for 35 hours a week for a period of 8 weeks. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,600. Applicants must be college sophomores and juniors who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents, including but not limited to persons who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who will add diversity to the field of law and social science.
Application deadline: Usually in February.


:: American Economics Association Summer Training Program and Minority Fellowships
Now in its 40th year, the AEA Summer Training program is designed to prepare undergraduates for doctoral studies in Economics by offering honors courses that bridge the gap from undergraduate coursework to first-year PhD work. The program is currently hosted by University of New Mexico Economics Department and the RWJF Center for Health Policy. All US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for scholarship assistance; however, preference is given to members of underrepresented minority groups historically disadvantaged in the US context, and who have demonstrated financial need. The purpose of the Minority Scholarship is to increase the number of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans with doctorates in Economics. The primary target group for the program includes qualified sophomores, juniors, seniors, and B.A. or B.S. degree holders who are interested in continuing to study graduate economics, or who have been admitted to an economics MA or PhD program for the fall of the year of application. Deadline usually in February.


:: Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences
Designed for students who like mathematics and would like to learn how quantitative methods can be applied in the study of human health. The Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences is a relatively intensive 4-week program that introduces participants to the fields of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health & Social Behavior. The program also provides useful advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health and other schools at Harvard University, and mock interviews. Open to college students who are US citizens or permanent residents and from a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islander or Multiracial/Biracial), OR a first-generation college student (neither parent or legal guardian has a bachelor's degree), OR a low-income student as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. Application deadline: Usually in February.


:: ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Internship is a 10-week program at the Universeity of Michigan designed to familiarize students with social science research, data preparation, and analysis. Interns work in the UNIX and Windows environments and gain experience using statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata to check data. Data processing skills will be applied to prepare social science data for permanent archiving and distribution for secondary analysis; preserving respondent anonymity; and composing descriptions of data collections. These positions are supervised by an experienced Research Associate. Interns attend courses in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Interns will be required to attend a weekly Lunch and Lecture series that will expose them to various aspects and departments of ICPSR and Institute for Social Research (ISR). There may be additional social and work-related functions involving other ICPSR staff and interns from other ISR units and summer programs.This is a paid internship. Application deadline: Usually in January.


:: Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers aims to reduce over time the critical underrepresentation on the faculties of certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. Each year, 25-30 interns are selected by the IRT to participate in an intense four-week summer workshop at Phillips Academy prior to or at the completion of their senior year of undergraduate study. Included in the workshop are
lectures, seminar discussions, small group meetings, writing conferences, films, debates, practice teaching sessions
and presentations by nationally known educators, scholars, poets and artists. During the Summer Workshop, IRT interns engage a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural and educational
theory. Students prepare for the (GRE) and work on their statements of purpose. At the end of the third week in July, the IRT hosts its annual Recruiters’ Weekend, attended by more than 60 academic deans and graduate admissions representatives from consortium institutions who are eager to speak with potential candidates about their graduate programs.
Application deadline: Usually in the spring.


:: Ralph Bunche Summer Institute in Political Science
Sponsored by the American Political Science Association and Duke University, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is a five-week summer program designed to introduce students to the world of graduate school and to encourage applications to Ph.D. programs in political science. The RBSI targets students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the sciences.
Application deadline: Usually in February.


:: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities, including those in the social and behavioral sciences, for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. To apply, students must contact the individual sites for application information and materials.




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