SCRA Policy Committee Student Practicum

Jun 13, 2018

Policy Committee

The mission of the SCRA Policy Committee is to encourage two-way communication between community psychologists and policy makers; to encourage collaborative relations with other groups to work on policy activities; to assure that the experiential and empirical knowledge base of community psychology is used to make substantive contributions to contemporary policy debates at the state and federal levels; to create opportunities for training; and to encourage academicians and others who lack policy experiences to familiarize  themselves with the policy process through both traditional (classroom) and field-based (internship/externship) training experiences. 

Policy Committee Practicum

The Policy Committee Practicum is designed for students to engage in policy and/or advocacy-related activities that are of interest to the student. Practicum students are supervised by the Policy Committee Chair, Past Chair, or Chair Elect and may receive course credit from their respective institutions. The practicum is unpaid, but limited funding for policy-related conference or training attendance may be requested. At a minimum, Policy Committee Practicum students are required to complete several activities: 

 Projects of past practicum students/student committee members have included:

  • Literature reviews
  • Monitoring legislation
  • Writing letters to the editor or op-eds
  • Focus groups
  • Writing or assisting with writing of policy position statements
  • Soliciting calls-to-action
  • Collaboration with other divisions/organizations regarding advocacy activities
  • Working to improve student engagement in policy
  • Policy website modifications
  • Conference presentations

Application Process

To apply for the Policy Committee Practicum, type the requested information on the last page of this Microsoft Word document and send your application along with your curriculum vitae or resume to  Applications will be reviewed and selected by the Policy Committee Chair, Past Chair, or Chair Elect with whom the student(s) will work and be supervised.  Interest and experience in policy work and the work of the policy committee are primary factors for selection.  Applicants will be informed of acceptance decisions within 30 days after the application deadline.  Please email the chair of the Policy Committee if you have any questions or need additional information at

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