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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
December 4, 2016
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 program for WLU undergraduate students.

This 8-month internship program runs during the Fall and Winter terms each year. It is designed to give undergraduate students an opportunity to make a difference in their community while gaining hands-on research experience and skill.

In a team of interns you will work closely with a professor, research associate, and community partner to design and implement a research study to address a need in the community of Waterloo Region. You are expected to devote 6-8 hours per week for the internship, which will includes time on evenings and weekends. The internship concludes in April with a mini-conference at which interns present their final reports.

Check out this article highlighting the 2015 Mini-Conference:

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:

  • 2 directed studies course credits (PS490, HE350, or HE450)
  • Training in research methods and design
  • Community service learning experience
  • A certificate of completion for your resume 
  • Graduate school reference letters

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 June 13, 2016.

Complete and submit the form below to apply.

For more information, contact

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2016 2016-2017 SCRP Internship Application Document