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TRUSST Lab Traineeships link students to partner organizations to synergistically integrate trust research into their day-to-day operations and to leverage access to data and potential research participants to advance the social science of trust.

Organizations interested in setting up a traineeship are encouraged to contact us at


Note, we are not currently accepting traineeship applications from students.

State Courts and Society Traineeship

Rigorous Training

The trainee will complete a PhD in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University under Joe's supervision. Although there is some flexibility, the trainee will also be expected to complete advanced statistical methods courses. The trainee will receive hands-on training, working closely with the National Center for State Courts, an industry leader in courts research, evaluation, and technical assistance. The trainee will work with me primarily to identify and answer publishable research questions but also to generally provide support to existing research efforts.


The trainee will work closely with Joe, faculty at Michigan State University, and researchers at the National Center for State Courts to identify to answer publishable research question at the nexus of the state courts and society. Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding in place between MSU and NCSC, the trainee will have access to data collected by the National Center which will be the focus of this traineeship. Example efforts currently in progress or recently completed that the trainee may join include the Community Engagement in the State Courts Initiative and the State of the State Courts Survey. The traineeship will also include the opportunity to propose new data collection efforts. Throughout these experiences, the trainee will be expected to coauthor research papers and present to academic and practitioner audiences.

Career Preparation

Upon the successful completion of the traineeship, the student will be ideally positioned to conduct research at the nexus of the state courts and society in academic positions at research intensive universities; in policy organizations like the National Center, Center for Court Innovation, and the Urban Institute; and within the courts themselves.

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