Office for Institutional Diversity

Social Justice Research and Education Fund

Established in 2017, the Social Justice Research and Education Fund is made possible by generous donations from the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation, Kathy and Alex Martinez '73, Reed alumni trustee, and the Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

The Social Justice Research and Education Fund supports paid student internships, in close collaboration with college offices and academic departments, for projects or research that focuses on community engagement, civic engagement, equity, and/or social justice.

To Apply

Staff and Faculty can submit a one-page proposal to hire a student intern, utilizing the Social Justice Research and Education Fund, to institutional.diversity@reed.edu. Projects supported by this fund should be:

  • Closely supervised by a faculty or staff member
  • Directly related to the mission of the Reed office or department and will enhance the office or department's diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals
  • Focused on improving campus climate; improving student success, belonging, and engagement, particularly for students from historically underrepresented groups at Reed; and/or enhancing Reed's engagement with the broader Portland-area community.

Student interns can earn up to $16.00/hour for up to 20 hours/week for up to 10 weeks in the summer (total award of up to $3,200). Summer internships can continue into the fall. Student interns can earn up to $16.00/hour for up to 8 hours/week for up to 12 weeks during the fall term (total award of up to $1,536). 

Your one page proposal should include:

  • A description of the research or project to be undertaken by the student intern
  • The anticipated product or outcome of the project
  • A budget for the project including:
    • Any funds to be contributed by the office or department
    • An estimate of the anticipated pay rate and number of hours to be worked by the student intern (total should not exceed $3,100 in the summer and/or $1,488 in the fall)
    • An estimate of project-related expenses and/or supplies of up to $200, to be included in the total above. Please specify the nature of the expense(s)

You may apply with a student intern in mind or plans to recruit one. Upon acceptance, supervisors will be responsible for recruiting and hiring their student intern. Priority should be given to students from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups (students of color, LGBTQ students, first generation to college students, students with disabilities, and/or lower income students). Supervisors and interns will be required to submit a one-page summary reflection of the work completed at the end of the internship.

Please submit proposals by 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2024 for full consideration. Proposals received after March 31 will be considered on a rolling basis based on available funds. Notification of funding will be sent by Monday, April 8, 2024.

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, remote work for a summer and/or fall internship is acceptable as long as the student resides in the State of Oregon during the internship. Unfortunately, remote work occurring outside of the state of Oregon will not be accepted at this time. Internships that require students to be on-campus and in-person will need to follow all of Reed's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.