Undergraduate Public Policy Internship

*Recruitment is currently closed*

The Undergraduate Public Policy Internship provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work closely with Center for Poverty Research staff to research current state and federal legislation to help disseminate the Center’s latest research.

In addition, interns receive training and mentorship to plan and execute a major outreach project. Previous year’s projects include Faculty Affiliate videos on poverty, social media campaigns, a survey of federal legislators and infographics. 

Internship Description

The paid internship runs Winter through Spring Quarter each year. It is desirable that the intern have interest in poverty-related research and/or in public policy, as well as computer database and word-processing skills. Interns are encouraged to be creative and take initiative.

Students having completed at least their sophomore year are preferred. Good interpersonal, communication, organizational, teamwork and time management skills are essential.

Applicable courses of study would include:

  • Economics
  • Political Science*
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Human and Community Development
  • Journalism
  • Other closely related majors

*This internship qualifies for 192A course credit. See Political Science Undergrad Advising Office for more details.

Fellowships equal careers in fighting poverty
January 9, 2015

From UC Davis Today

When our three new undergraduates arrived last January to start their Public Policy Fellowships at the Center for Poverty Research, they had no idea what they were getting into, and only a vague sense of what they would accomplish by summer. All they had was potential and an interest in poverty policy.

“When I applied for the fellowship,” says Alex Matsiras, a managerial economics major, “I was taking a class about poverty in the world so I thought it’d be interesting.”