The SSRC is committed to advancing Goals 1 and 2 of the CSUF Strategic Plan by providing an environment in which students can participate in applied learning and engage in High-Impact Practices (HIP). The SSRC Internship Experience allows interested students to work in an applied social science and survey research environment. This allows them to gain the knowledge and skills that will not only support their classroom education but also improve their chances of being employed in a related field after graduation. The SSRC believes this goal is best achieved by providing a comprehensive overview of the process of survey research. This process includes:
- Collecting unbiased and accurate data as a telephone interviewer in the SSRC's CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) Lab.
- Assisting the CATI Lab supervisor in overseeing the Lab, conducting tasks such as sample management, interviewer monitoring, and administrative tasks.
- Reviewing preliminary data files and addressing any issues. This will involve preparing data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting the raw data.
- Preparing and presenting summaries of surveys (including tables and graphs) to the Research Operations Coordinator and Director.
- Analyzing and interpreting findings and assisting the SSRC in preparing client-ready reports.
Here are just a few experiences of previous interns at the SSRC:
- " The overall environment at the SSRC is amazing in my opinion. Everyone has positive, non-conflicting attitudes and are a pleasure to work with. What I was looking to gain from interning at the SSRC was a better understanding of the research process, and I gained exactly that. I now understand what goes into writing a tech report, how to conduct a telephone survey, and even how a survey instrument is created. The SSRC gave me all of the hands on experience that I was looking to obtain and more." Jabril Henry, Psychology Undergraduate
- "I g ained valuable hands on experience working with data. I learned how difficult collecting data and performing studies can be and the work that is required to meet specific deadlines and goals. I also worked with SPSS more and learned how to use new programs like Qualtrics. Overall, it was a great experience. I wish I could have stayed longer and spent more hours learning." Melanie Logan, Health Science Undergraduate
- "I gained a much better understanding of what social research is, how it makes a difference, and how to analyze the research. I learned so much from this internship, and I know it's going to help me so much in grad school." Miranda Richards, Sociology Undergraduate
Please email the SSRC's Research Operations Coordinator Frederick Rose at email@example.com for more information.
Current SSRC Interns
Joshua Ramirez is a senior at CSUF pursuing a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. He has a passion for science and social justice. He believes that his internship at the SSRC will serve as a fundamental stepping stone in achieving his life’s mission of making a positive impact on his communities. After graduating, he plans on attending graduate school and pursuing a career in the field of Health Psychology.
Sandra Soluman is currently an undergraduate senior majoring in Psychology. When it comes to research, she enjoys collecting data and interpreting the results. She is planning to attend graduate school after receiving her Bachelor's and use the experience she gains at the SSRC in further studies.
Louis Sandoval is currently a fifth year student at Cal State Fullerton. This is his last semester at CSUF, and he is glad to be ending it at the SSRC. He is using his time at SSRC to broaden his knowledge on how the data collection and analytical sides of psychology function to see if it is a career path he would like to follow. Interacting with people through interpersonal research has always been something he has wanted to do, and SSRC will allow him to do just that.