Media Influences Research Internship (MIRI) for Undergraduates
Faculty from the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University host a volunteer research internship program for undergraduates who are interested in learning more about research on media influence. The program is designed to get students involved in real-world research looking into the effects of media on social, health, and political outcomes, as well the strategic use of information and communication technology to exert influence in these same domains. Although hosted by faculty in the Department of Communication, MIRI attracts faculty, research fellows, and graduate students from a wide (and growing) range of programs at Texas A&M University.
To participate in this research opportunity, undergraduate interns must be enrolled as undergraduates at Texas A&M University. Originally designed for students majoring in Communication, this program may also be of interest to students majoring in Psychology, Political Science, Public Health Studies, and other allied disciplines that focus scholarly attention to media influence. This is not a paid internship. Most students are enrolled in Comm 491 (Research). If so desired, students may seek to enroll in research credit from other departments (e.g., Psych 491) under supervision of a MIRI faculty member from those programs. After two semesters of satisfactory performance and with approval from the student’s department head, interns have the option of enrolling in Comm 497 (Independent Honors Studies) to pursue honor’s research supervised through MIRI faculty, or its equivalent in another department.
In addition to course credit, interns receive training in social science methods, exposure to and involvement in innovative behavioral science research, as well as mentorship from experts in the field. MIRI helps students gain relevant experiences and letters of reference that can help them make more informed educational and career decisions and achieve their academic and occupational goals.
The internship program is open to students ranging from Freshman to Seniors, although preference is given to students who might intern for multiple semesters. The hope for all students is that they will develop professionally, through the training experiences they receive, such that they will gradually take on leadership positions in the program.