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Data Science for the Public Good Application Process

* Applications for summer 2020 are now closed. Please visit this page again next year to apply to be a 2021 DSPG intern or fellow.

About the Program

The Data Science for the Public Good program recruits undergraduate and graduate students 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.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 cohort will work on projects remotely but are expected to participate in live, online meetings and lectures. Thus, participants must have access to reliable internet to connect to Virginia Tech servers.


Undergraduate students in any discipline and graduate students (MS or PhD) with quantitative/analytical skills enrolled at Virginia Tech are encouraged to apply. These are paid positions. For questions about the application process, please email

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.

To apply, please submit your application here. Have your CV, transcript, and cover letter detailing your relevant experience and interest in the position ready! Please have three confidential letters of reference sent to The deadline for applications is April 17, 2020.