Social Sciences | Undergraduate Research Experiences

The following is a listing of off-campus summer undergraduate research opportunities spanning most social sciences disciplines. Opportunities exist across the country and are a great way to get valuable experience, both to list on your resume and to help you determine your career goals.

This list shows programs available nationwide.  Contact your department faculty member if you are interested in one or more. These opportunities are competitive and have application deadlines ranging from late November to February and early March.

General Social Sciences

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University:  Summer internships in internet technologies and social impact.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Universities Summer Research Opportunities Programs:  a gateway to graduate education. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

DC Internships: Summer Internships in International Affairs, Public Policy and Economics, Business and Government Relations, Service & Citizenship and Leadership.

Institute for Broadening Participation: Searchable database for fully-funded summer programs.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research:  Summer program in quantative methods of social research.

The Leadership Alliance:  Paid summer internships that provide training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research.

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program:  Paid summer internships in multiple areas.

National Archives:  Internships in History, Political Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Communications, and Education

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU):  Programs in Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institutes: Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer 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.

Smithsonian Summer Internship Opportunities: Catalog of internships available at Smithsonian Museums.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage: Internships are offered year-round in various fields including cultural anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, museum studies, arts administration, graphic and web design, marketing, journalism, and library science.

Think Swiss: Research experiences in all disciplines in Switzerland. **International**

UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. 

University of Arizona Undergraduate Research Opportunities: A consortium of undergraduate research programs that provides excellent training and graduate school preparation.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program:  The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences, or fine arts.

USA Jobs: Pathways internship program for students and recent graduates in multiple areas.

Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides Intern and Fellowship programs in Public Health.

Fred Hutchinson for Cancer Research Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program:  Research opportunities in public health and cancer. 

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Summer Equity Research Program seeks diverse students from underserved, economically and socially disadvantaged communities.

University of Arizona Minimizing Health Disparities: The University of Arizona Graduate College offers a prestigious summer research opportunity focused on health issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner. 

Political Science

American Political Science Association:  Internship resources.


Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History:  Internships for applicants interested in American History and K-12 education.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural HeritageInternships are offered year-round in various fields including cultural anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, museum studies, arts administration, graphic and web design, marketing, journalism, and library science.


American Psychological Association:  Listing of research opportunities and internships.