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DSPG Application Process

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VT-DSPG recruits undergraduate and graduate students during the spring semester to participate in a summer-long project that uses statistical analysis, data science, and social and behavioral sciences to work on social issues affecting local, state, and federal agencies. 

Selected undergraduate interns and graduate student fellows work collaboratively with Virginia Tech faculty and partners to research specific projects that aim to enhance the quality of life for Virginia and United States citizens.

The 2021 cohort will work on projects remotely but interns and fellows are expected to participate daily in synchronous online meetings and lectures. Thus, participants must have access to reliable internet to connect to Virginia Tech servers. Still want more info? Learn more about the VT DSPG program and check out the VT DSPG 2020 projects.

Undergraduate students in any discipline and graduate students (MS or PhD) with quantitative/analytical skills enrolled at Virginia Tech are encouraged to apply. Young Scholars (interns and fellows) are paid a competitive stipend for participating. For questions about the application process, please email

Please have these items ready when you apply:

  • A current CV/resume
  • A recent copy of your transcript
  • Two references, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers

Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis with a final date for consideration of April 11, 2021.

*Applications for the 2021 cohort are now closed. Please consider checking back next year to apply to be a part of the 2022 cohort.

Note: We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.