Trisha Dehrone, PhD student in the psychology of peace and violence program, was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a six-month internship. Part of NSF’s INTERN program, the award is designed to provide non-academic research experience and training.
Dehrone will hold an internship with the American Immigration Council, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based out of Washington, D.C. She will design, implement, and evaluate interventions to build positive relationships between racially and ethnically diverse neighbors.
Looking ahead, Dehrone says she envisions a career as a faculty member who works alongside non-profit and government partners to develop and implement interventions that enhance equity and cooperation across racial-ethnic groups, for which she says this internship will provide valuable “on the ground” training in working with the public. “This opportunity also provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with practitioners and advocates who come from varied academic disciplines and learn about relevant work outside of my area, strengthening my ability to communicate science to broader audiences, while also broadening the scope of my knowledge,” Dehrone says.
“As a graduate student at UMass, I am provided with training on theory, designing experimental studies, and writing up peer-reviewed journal articles – and while I value these skills, they alone are not the reason I became a scientist. I became a scientist to put theory to work! I want to understand what strategies are effective at reducing prejudice and improving relations between groups, and what better place to do that than out in the field.”