The Southern Institute of Social Sciences (SISS) in an institute member of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. SISS is the only multi-disciplinary institute and the only research institute associated with VASS in southern Vietnam. SISS provides foundational research for policy, trains researchers, and establishes international scientific collaboration while disseminating knowledge of the social sciences and humanities. SISS advocates and consults for development issues, especially in the areas of environmental protection, urban upgrading projects, rural development, and water resources. SISS’s research has impacted national development master plans, policies in poverty alleviation, environmental policy, and much more.  


 Interns interested in development, sustainability, Southeast Asia, or the social sciences are encouraged to apply. Interns will be assisting with a project in collaboration with the Laos National Academy of Social Sciences to study Sustainable Development in Viet Nam and Lao. The research study has two goals: (1) studying sustainable development in border communes of Viet Nam and Lao, and (2) constructing an index of sustainable development for Viet Nam and Lao. Interns can help us to review relevant literature at the international level, especially index for reference. Interns also join with some field research. Interns should demonstrate strong research skills and background at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level.


Vietnamese preferred, but not necessary. 


All expenses connected with the internship, such as travel costs, travel arrangements, living accommodation, are the responsibility of the intern.


  • University of Utah tuition
  •         Academic Fee: $300
  •         Housing and Living Expenses
  •         Travel 


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.