Undergraduate research, or research externships, are an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty member and get hands-on experience applying research methods and ethics to create new knowledge. Participating in a research project will help students learn to think creatively, develop problem-solving skills, enhance professional communication skills, and explore potential careers.
Currently, our department offers a research externship in human trafficking which will give students opportunities to assist with several local initiatives in the anti-human trafficking effort. Students will engage in various sectors of a comprehensive strategy to eradicate human trafficking. This involves, understanding what is needed to prevent human trafficking, specialized training to identify victims, coordinating resources to assist in rescue/recovery operations and trauma informed personnel to facilitate transition to holistic restorative services. Students will assist with local research, learn how to collect data, process data, produce reports, help create geographic mapping of resource availability as well as service needs and gaps. In some cases, students will have the opportunity to shadow and observe projects and initiatives in partnership with local anti-human trafficking agencies. To the greatest extent possible, different projects will be assigned to different students based on area of interest.