Interdisciplinary Research in Education Sciences Program

A Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates

Summer 2021 Program Details


The Interdisciplinary Research in Education Sciences (IRES) program offers students opportunities for research internships on projects that use quantitative methods to investigate research questions relevant to education policy and practice. The program is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Training Program for Predoctoral Research in Education Sciences.

Faculty mentors come from many departments in the College of Letters and Sciences and the School of Education, including:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Policy Studies
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • Social Work



  • Dates: June 1 to August 7, 2021 (10 weeks)
  • Stipend: $4,500, plus housing allowance and travel support
  • Application deadline: February 15, 2021



  • Undergraduate student at an accredited college or university
  • Have completed junior year
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, low-income backgrounds, those with disabilities, and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply



  • Faculty-led seminar on Education Policy Across the Disciplines
  • Workshops on applying to and succeeding in graduate school
  • End-of-summer symposium in which students present their research results and conclusions
  • Social events and networking opportunities with faculty and students from the IRES program and other related summer research programs



How are applications evaluated?

Program staff will screen all applicants for eligibility and will advance qualified applicants to potential faculty mentors based on interests expressed by students in their applications. Potential mentors will review applications and identify students for possible admission.

I am a student at UW-Madison. May I apply?

Yes, UW-Madison students are also eligible for the IRES program.

May I enroll in summer school or have a job while participating in the program?

No. The summer internship is a full-time position, so it is not compatible with summer school or holding another job.

Whom may I contact if I have additional questions?

Feel free to email any additional questions to Tricia Dusick, ITP Program Manager at


Apply Here!

Note: This link will take you to the UW-Madison Graduate School Summer Research Opportunities Program. You will be able to select the ‘Interdisciplinary Research in Education Sciences’ program as you fill out this common application.


The Interdisciplinary Training Program and the Interdisciplinary Research in Education Sciences program are supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Award #R305B200026 to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: The Program Director along with the University of Wisconsin–Madison are actively monitoring the status of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Guidance of state and local agencies may impact the format of the program. An alternative, online program will be offered to participants in the event that it is deemed unsafe to proceed with in-person research and instruction.