As a SPARQ summer intern, you will gain valuable research experience while exploring how to use psychological science for social change. Although SPARQ internships are unpaid, our faculty and staff offer extensive training and mentoring.
In collaboration with the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty and the Urban Institute, SPARQ has assembled social psychological scales that measure not only people's economic success, but also their sense of power and feeling valued in their community.
In the past 10 years, the Center for Employment Opportunities has placed more than 25,000 formerly incarcerated people into full-time jobs around the country. The organization wanted to know: How can it do better?
Some people have tried to explain economic inequality between Black and other Americans by pointing to social class. But new Stanford research in The New York Times makes it harder than ever for the United States to avoid confronting racism as the real culprit, particularly when it comes to Black males.
The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recognized SPARQ team members and other collaborators for their paper, "Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect."
SPARQ's director of health, Alia Crum, explained the origins of mindsets and their effect on people's physical health in her talk at the World Economic Forum, "The science of how mindset transforms the human experience."
At a meeting of Stanford social psychologists and advocates of universal basic income (UBI), conversations about the cultural challenges, presentation, and evaluation of this controversial policy yielded insights for people trying to make it a reality.