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 $8,400 for a 16-week term through May to August 2022. Western will contribute $6,450 toward each Summer Internship, with a required minimum match of $1,950 from other sources (e.g., researcher, department, Institute, and/or Faculty).


Students must have been enrolled at Western in an undergraduate program in Winter 2022 and should be planning to attend Western in Fall 2022.

Preference will be given to students entering their fourth year of study in Fall 2022, and to applications from under-represented, econically disadvantaged and first-generation students. 


New for 2022!
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.

Unmatched Stream

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

Applications must include:
  1. Faculty of Social Science USRI Application Form
  2. Unofficial transcript


To apply, students must submit their completed application by April 4, 2022 to Gayle Finlay (

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.