Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Applications closed on February 15, 2021
REAP Summer Research Internship
Faculty Lead: Scott Rozelle
Focus: Urban-Rural Divide; Access to Healthcare and Education; Human Capital Development
Duration: 3 weeks
Field Dates: June 14-July 2
Language Requirement: Mandarin helpful but not required
Number of Students: 1 or 2
Summer research interns work with FSI's Rural Education Action Program (REAP) as part of their Summer Internship Program. Students will be mentored by FSI faculty member Scott Rozelle and his experienced research team. Working with this established research program, as well as students and peer researchers from around the world, the team will spend three weeks conducting research, analyzing findings, and developing oral and written reports to be shared with REAP's research team over a virtual platform.
Students will spend three weeks working together with REAP staff to conduct new research related to economic development and specific human capital challenges facing China. Students will be assigned to a small project team tackling a research question related to one of REAP’s many projects in China. Along the way participants will gain a unique opportunity to learn about field research methodologies, how to conduct economic analyses using primary data, and participate in lectures and discussions with top experts on China.
During the internship, students contribute to our blog to track their experiences and observations.
At the end of the internship, students will give a group presentation sharing their project results. Reports from past interns have been used in academic papers, new project proposals, and outreach materials about our work. Students may also have the option of creating web pages featuring the results from the team's research.
This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who intend to co-term with a minimum GPA of 3.3. Exceptional freshman will be considered. Mandarin language skills are helpful but not required. Students who are interested in applied social science research and contemporary China are encouraged to apply but all majors are welcome! Preference will also be given to students who have taken or are currently taking at least one of the recommended courses (listed below). The selection committee seeks applicants with diverse academic backgrounds from applied, natural and social sciences in order to assemble an interdisciplinary research team.
Members of the student research team will be expected to commit to the following:
The approximate trip dates are June 14-July 2, 2021
This internship will be conducted remotely over Zoom.
FSI provides a stipend for summer interns. FSI is committed to making opportunities available regardless of financial need.
Online applications are due by February 15, 2020. Application requirements will include:
Cover letter stating why you want to intern with REAP, and what you can bring to the team
No more than a 300-word answer to the question: “If you wanted to improve the educational outcomes of rural Chinese schoolchildren, what kind of project would you encourage REAP to add to its portfolio, and why?”