Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program (USRI) 

The Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRIs) provide undergraduate students with engaged research experiences under the mentorship of a faculty member and are intended to stimulate undergraduate students’ interest in research through direct exposure and hands-on experiences conducting research. Through participation in this program, students gain valuable and high-impact research, technical and professional skills that will help support academic and career development towards their future professional goals. Faculty mentors benefit from meaningful engagement, assistance towards their research program and can use the opportunity to further a diverse HQP training environment.

USRIs are valued at a minimum of $9,268 for a 16-week term through May to August, with $7,414 from Western, and a faculty-level match of $1,854.


Social Science applications will be accepted from two streams:

Matched Stream

Students and supervisors who wish to work together on a research project apply together. Please note that in the matched stream, supervisor's must fill out the form.

Faculty of Social Science 2024 USRI Application Form (Matched Stream)

Unmatched Stream

Students apply individually. The department will match the student to a suitable supervisor and project based on mutual interests.

Final rankings will give equal consideration to each Track. Please choose the one that best suits you.

Faculty of Social Science 2024 USRI Application Form (Unmatched Stream)


Application deadline is Wednesday, February 28th, 2024. Please contact Peter Vink ( if you have questions.

For more information, please visit Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRI) 


Social Science Internship Program

The Social Science Internship Program is available to eligible students in the Faculty of Social Science. Internships provide you with an opportunity to take the skills and knowledge you are developing in your degree program and apply it in a workplace environment. They help you explore a career paths, build a professional network, gain interview experience, and get a head start on your career.

The Social Science Internship is offered as a short-term or long-term internship and provide students with credit to be used toward their Western degree. For more information about eligibility, please visit the Social Science Internship Program or contact


International Internships

Western’s International Learning organizes international interships as another way to gain experience related to your degree and immerse yourself in a different culture and country. They allow you to meet new people and expand your global network as well as improving your professional skills in a new environment. For more information about eligibility and opportunities, please visit International Internships.