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September 25, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Student Community Research Partnerships for Social Justice and Well-being


The Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) and the Laurier Studentsí Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG) are pleased to offer this unique research internship for WLU undergraduate students.

This 8-month internship program is offered as a fourth-year 1.0 course: PS492 Applied Community Research. It is designed to give undergraduate students an opportunity to make a difference in their community while gaining hands-on research experience and skill. Teams of interns work closely with a professor, supervisor, and community partner to design and implement a research study that addresses an identified community need. 

Interns are expected to devote 6-8 hours per week for the internship, which may include time on evenings and weekends. The internship concludes in April with a mini-conference at which interns present their final reports.

This internship will help you learn how to:

  • Develop and foster community partnerships
  • Plan and implement a community-based research study
  • Work collaboratively as part of a research team
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research using software such as NVivo and SPSS
  • Develop an understanding of research ethics and the REB application process
  • Complete the participant recruitment process
  • Develop technical research writing skills

You will gain:

  • One 1.0 course credit (PS492)
  • Training in research methods and design
  • Community service learning experience
  • A certificate of completion for your resume


Only successful candidates may enroll in the internship and the PS492 course. Application involves both a written application and an interview with the CCRLA Director and/or CCRLA Associate Director. 

Your written application will include: 1) a summary statement, 2) three documents testifying to your strengths and experience, and 3) the completed application form. Please see the application form below for details.

NOTE: Only selected candidates will be invited for an interview. Successful candidates will be informed by email no later than June 1. 

What we look for in candidates:

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with team members 
  • Detail oriented and excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Understanding of the principles of social justice and community-based research
  • Familiarity with research methods, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Experience working or volunteering with a community organization
  • Capacity for self-directed learning and willingness to take initiative

Applications are now being accepted until April 13, 2017 at 11:59p.m.

Complete and submit the form below to apply.

For more information, contact

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2016 2017-2018 SCRP Internship Application Document