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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 policy issues relevant to agriculture and rural communities

Selected undergraduate interns and graduate student fellows work collaboratively with Virginia Tech faculty on pressing problems posed to our faculty through their collaborations with local, national, and international stakeholders.

In 2022 the Young Scholars Program will take place in person on the Blacksburg campus. Participants are expected to be in Blacksburg for the entire internship. Still want more info? Learn more about the VT DSPG program and check out the VT DSPG 2021 projects here.

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. The program will also arrange on campus accommodation for interns in the program. 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

The application portal is not yet open but will open on January 15, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis with a final date for consideration of April 1, 2022.

*Applications for the 2021 cohort are now closed. We will be accepting applications for the 2022 Summer cohort starting on January 15, 2022. Please check back then 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.