Students' work at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development is considered to be part of their training. Our training model consists of three components:

  1. coursework and internships,
  2. work on a project, and
  3. junior colleagueship

Coursework and internships are a necessary requirement for the degree. Work on the project consists of doing the tasks necessary to accomplish the work and is typically paid with a 10- or 20-hour/week research assistantship for graduate students or as an hourly stipend for undergraduate students.

In addition, as junior colleagues at the Institute, graduate students are expected to attend meetings, work on presentations, write papers, review others' papers, travel to conferences, etc. as needed by senior members of the Institute. Undergraduate students are also invited, and encouraged, to participate in these activities. These activities are done in addition to the paid hours each week spent working on research projects and are professional development opportunities for students to meet researchers and contribute to publications. Sometimes these activities arise at the last minute or need to be accomplished in a short time frame. More commonly, students are asked to volunteer to be part of a group working on a grant proposal, presentation, or paper. In return, students acquire skills and training, have travel and publication opportunities, and receive mentoring from our senior staff members, other graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.