The Social and Education Policy Program has a research internship program for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Iowa. The research internship program provides students with training, experience, and mentoring in the context of faculty-driven research projects. In this semester-long internship, students are matched based on interest and availability to a faculty project.
Learn more about the internship here. For questions, contact Social and Education Policy Research Program Director Sarah Bruch at email@example.com.
Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU), on Tuesday, March 28. More information about Research in the Capitol is available here.
Rodriguez and Nucaro presented a poster on the research partnership with the Iowa City Community School District. View the poster here.
Rachel Maller is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa with a major in sociology and double minor in communication studies and philosophy. She joined the project in Spring 2017 due to her passion of fighting for social justice and critically examining social structures that may perpetuate systematic inequalities. She has worked with youth for the last 10 years as a babysitter, day care worker and summer camp counselor at Horace Mann’s Before and After School Program. Her love for education and youth inspires her to advocate for equitable school experiences in the Iowa City Community School District. She plans to continue her internship opportunity with the Public Policy Center over the summer. She is graduating in December 2017 and plans to have a career in public policy, advocacy or social services. She hopes to create powerful social change with the insights and education she has received and to shake up the status quo.
Meredith McCaffrey is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa majoring in political science, as well as ethics and public policy with a concentration in sociology. In addition to her academic focus, she fostered a deeper interest in educational policy, school climate and equity after working as an assistant teacher in a preschool near campus. After she enrolled in Sarah Bruch’s Social Inequality and Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America course, she became further inspired to pursue an opportunity to work directly with educational policy through an internship with the Public Policy Center. After graduation, she hopes to join the Teach for America Organization to further her involvement with public education and student experience.
"I loved interning at the PPC because I got the opportunity to explore my academic interests, learn research techniques and relate what I was learning in the classroom to real world situations."
Rhea Burns is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa with a major in Enterprise Leadership and a minor in Sociology. She was a student in Dr. Sarah Bruch’s Social Inequality course which inspired her to further her education regarding disparities and inequalities, especially within school systems. After graduation, Rhea plans to begin a graduate program to attain a Master of Business Administration degree.
Irvin Rodriguez is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa with a major in Sociology and Enterprise Leadership. Irvin was a student in Dr. Sarah Bruch’s Social Inequality and Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America courses which initially spurred his interest in how inequality shapes society. Having no prior research experience, the internship offered by Dr. Bruch strongly influenced him and his future plans. Irvin plans to continue his internship opportunity with the Public Policy Center during the spring and after graduation, he plans pursue a career in the field of social work.
"The time I’ve spent so far with the Public Policy Center has been invaluable. Having the chance to work in an environment like this has been awesome! This is a great opportunity to transfer what you've learned and apply it to something tangible and meaningful. I can certainly say I've learned a lot in my short time here. I highly recommend an experience like this to any student!"
"I strongly believe that my time working with the Public Policy Center this summer was one of the most important and worthwhile experiences that I have had as an undergraduate. Being able to contribute to the meaningful work the Public Policy Center continues to do has been a great honor, and I would highly recommend a research internship experience such as this one to other undergraduate students."
During the project, HaYoung enjoyed learning about the unique process of social policy research and collaborating the work with a variety of members in the community. It was a meaningful experience for her to witness and participate in a research project that will bring a real-life change in the community.
"Working as a research assistant has been an invaluable experience as it not only gave me the opportunity to work with professors and graduate students who have an incredible wealth of knowledge and understanding in the field of sociology, but also allowed me to further my own research skills in ways that I could not have learned just inside a classroom."