The Center for Educational Improvement is seeking virtual interns for Spring (start date around April 1) and Summer 2018 to assist with research related to our investigations of the impact of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation on children and teachers. We are particularly interested in increasing educator understanding of the neurobiological impact of trauma and how mindfulness, yoga, and meditation enhance executive functioning, learning, and children’s well-being. We are also investigating four related areas: mindful school leadership, the relationship of mindfulness and student self-determination for students with disabilities, the implementation of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, & Math)- Mindfulness/Yoga Play in early childhood education, and the use of an instrument we are currently validating to facilitate the development of compassionate school culture. Expectations: Interns participate for at least 3 months, assisting with conducting background research, writing articles, analyzing data, preparing workshops, posting blogs, and the development of upcoming books on these topics. To apply send curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, and 3 references to Dr. Christine Mason, Executive Director at email@example.com
Child Development Laboratory
University of Maryland, College Park
Summer 2018 Internship Program
The Child Development Laboratory, http://www.cdl.umd.edu, at the University of Maryland is inviting outstanding and motivated undergraduates to apply for a summer internship program. This competitive program presents a unique opportunity to work in our laboratory alongside graduate students and post-docs, on one of many ongoing research projects. Current projects include the Temperament Over Time Study (examining social-emotional outcomes in children who vary in temperament), the Mirror Neuron Project (examining EEG activity during action-perception experiments), Origins of Infant Temperament (neuroimaging), Bench to Bedside (fNIRs), and a handful of individual graduate student studies. Summer interns will participate in weekly research meetings and will gain exposure to a range of methods and experimental paradigms. This is a volunteer position, but those applying are encouraged to seek outside funding from their own university.
Research at the CDL focuses on multiple facets of socio-emotional development spanning ages from infancy to early adulthood. We study cognitive, social, and emotional processes and are interested in the observation and measurement of attention, memory, as well as emotion expression, and social experience. We use multiple methods including behavioral and physiological assessments (psychophysiology: RSA, PEP, SCR; electrophysiology: EEG and ERP; brain imaging: fMRI, fNIRs).
-Background in psychology, biology, or a related field
–Must be able to commit at least 15-20 hours/week for 8 weeks between June 1st and August
-Flexible schedule (must be available on some weekends)
-Basic computer skills, detail oriented, reliable, and cooperative
-Experience with children is preferred
-Minimum of 3.0 overall GPA
-A letter of recommendation from one of your professors or previous supervisor within the academic community (e.g., a PI from a previous lab in which you have worked, a professor you had in a relevant class)
Send your unofficial transcript, CV, and a letter of recommendation to Kaylee Seddio (firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than April 1, 2018. We will review applications on a rolling basis.
Summer Research Assistant Opportunity
The Infant Studies Lab at the University of Notre Dame, under the direction of Dr. Jill Lany, is accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Intern Program. The goal of this unpaid internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language
Development or a related field. Our lab employs behavioral methods such as Looking-While-Listening and the Head-Turn Preference procedure to investigate how infants learn languages and how they pick up patterns from the environment. We are also collecting measures of speech to infants using the LENA system. To learn more about our lab, please visit: ndinfantstudieslab.com.
Preferred applicants should have a background in linguistics or psycholinguistics. Priority will be given to candidates who have had experience or exposure with language-analyzing software, or those who have programming knowledge (e.g. Praat, Python). Daily tasks might include working with corpus data and auditory speech analyses. Successful applicants will be mentored by senior researchers and will play an integral role in our ongoing projects.
Past interns have gone on to graduate school in cognitive development, neuroscience, clinical psychology, and speech language pathology as well as medical school.
All internships begin in June and are for a minimum of 20 hours/week for 9 – 10 weeks. To apply please send a resume, the contact information of two references, and a cover letter detailing relevant coursework and experience to our lab manager, Jayde Homer at email@example.com by April 8th, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Faja and Nelson Labs at the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital have a student intern position open to assist on a multisite project with 6- to 11-year-old children on the autism spectrum. Responsibilities will include assisting in study visits, behaviorally supporting children on the autism spectrum, collecting surveys from parents, data entry and lab maintenance. Students interns will have the opportunity to learn about electrophysiological data acquisition (EEG and eye tracking), clinical and cognitive assessments, neurodevelopmental disorders, research methodology, and attend seminars on topics such as professional development and atypical child development.
- Undergraduate student majoring in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a part- or full- time summer commitment, with potential for continuing part in the fall
- Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to facilitate visits with school-aged children
- Previous experience with children
- Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems
- High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail
Preferred experience includes:
- Knowledge of psychophysiological/electrophysiological recording and/or eye-tracking measures
- Previous experience with autism spectrum disorder
- Previous experience working in a research setting
- Experience with data entry and management
- Knowledge of basic statistics software and basic experimental presentation and collection software
To apply, please submit: (1) Letter of interest; (2) CV/Resume to Aksheya.firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates being considered for this position will be asked to provide 2-3 references.
For further information please contact Aksheya Sridhar, email@example.com.
Yale Mind & Development Lab Summer Internship
Call for Applications
The Yale Mind and Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Paul Bloom, is accepting applications for our annual Summer Internship Program. Our research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, including topics such as morality, religion, free will, and the nature of the self. For more information, please seehttp://minddevlab.yale.edu/.
This internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with graduate students and postdocs on both ongoing and new studies. Because projects are at various stages of completion (from pre-design to post-data collection), interns will be able to be involved with a wide range of activities over the course of the internship. Activities may include developing new project ideas, designing new experiments, recruiting participants, running experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results.
The internship runs full-time from June 4th to July 31st, 2018, and application materials are due March 5th, 2018.
Who can apply? The internship is open to all undergraduate students, including those graduating in 2018. It is particularly suited for students considering graduate school in experimental psychology or cognitive science.
How can I apply? For more information and to apply, see http://minddevlab.yale.edu/join-us.
The Center for Educational Improvement is a non-profit organization in VA that conducts research and professional development to improve schools. We are seeking interns for the summer to assist with 6 areas: heart centered learning (mindfulness, compassion and social emotional development), executive functioning, trauma, poverty, reducing text anxiety, and improving school disciplinary policies. We are interested in the relationship between improving children’s executive functions and their well-being and improvement in academic achievement. We also focus on practical application in schools and consider the role of school administrators as well as teachers and ancillary staff. The internships can be virtual, or if you live in the DC area, we meet weekly. Most interns work 15-20 hours a week for at least 9-12 weeks. Interns assist with conducting literature reviews, preparing presentations, analyzing data, writing proposals, and writing blog posts and eNewsletter articles. You are given a byline for articles you write, and we post bios on our website. Our monthly eNewsletter is distributed directly to over 6,000 principals and school leaders and through a relationship with the National Association of Elementary School Principals we reach another 22,000 educational leaders. Preferable: Currently enrolled in a graduate program in education or cognitive or developmental psychology.
Please visit our website (www.edimprovement.org) and send your resume, a letter of inquiry, 2-3 references, and a 2-3 page writing sample.
Anticipated start date for summer internship: June 5—however, we are flexible.
The Child’s Play, Learning and Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Roberta Golinkoff at the University of Delaware, invites undergraduate students and graduating seniors to apply for an unpaid summer internship! Our laboratory, funded by federal grants, focuses on how children acquire language, develop early mathematical and spatial concepts, and learn through play.
Interns will learn the practical applications of research methods, participant recruitment, data collection, data coding, and data entry. Additionally, we will hold weekly lab meetings where we discuss cutting-edge research in developmental cognition.
This is an ideal way to gain research experience for students thinking of going on in a variety of fields such as psychology, speech pathology, and medicine. While there are no specific requirements, you must like children and be an eager learner and responsible individual! Interested applicants should email the lab manager, Tara Saunders, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for the application, or check out our website at www.childsplay.udel.edu for more information.
SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
PEDIATRIC / DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH
NYU School of Medicine: NYC H+H/Bellevue and NYC H+H/Woodhull
The Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy, and Education Success (BELLE Project) in the Department of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine is a team that examines parenting interventions designed to improve child development outcomes in at-risk populations.
We currently have openings for summer interns (unpaid) to join our teams at NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue in Manhattan and NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull in Brooklyn. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to be involved in research or healthcare. Openings for undergraduate and graduate students are available.
At Bellevue: You will be part of Smart Beginnings, a randomized controlled trial of parenting interventions taking place in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt and the University of Pittsburgh. In particular, you will have the opportunity to participate in assessments with infant / parent dyads that take place in the hospital as well as in participants’ homes. You must be willing to travel to participants’ homes across NYC. Spanish proficiency is beneficial but not required.
At Woodhull: You will be part of the Video Interaction Project (VIP) team at Woodhull. VIP is a parent education program that is offered as part of well-child pediatric care at Woodhull. You will have the opportunity to help with recruitment into the program; to conduct outreach with hospital staff, patients, and the community about the program; and to learn about the research studies at this site. Spanish proficiency is required in order to be placed at Woodhull.
At both sites, you will have the opportunity to learn about developmental/pediatric research, to learn about the intervention programs being offered, and to interact with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinical staff. In addition your responsibilities will include: providing childcare during assessments and intervention sessions; preparing materials for assessments and sessions; administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, and videotape copying; scheduling and tracking participants; video coding; transcribing; assistance with other operational aspects of study.
- Have some background in psychology, child development, education, medicine/pre-medicine, public health, or other related field
- Have computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
- Be comfortable in a collaborative environment, yet able to work independently
- Be extremely detail-oriented and organized
- Be able to work responsibly and competently with sensitive patient information
- At Bellevue, you must be willing to participate in home visits with participants across NYC; you must be comfortable providing childcare to young children and toddlers
- At Woodhull, you must be proficient in Spanish
Notes about this opportunity:
- For summer interns: a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks is required (hours must be on weekdays between 9 and 5).
- Preference is given to candidates who wish to continue involvement additional semesters or summers.
- Please indicate your location preference in your application, note that we cannot guarantee this site and that you may be expected to occasionally visit the other site.
If interested, please e-mail your resume or CV to Anne Seery, Ph.D., at email@example.com. Please include “BELLE volunteering” in the subject line.
Applications for the summer are due by March 10. Applications received after this date will only be considered on a rolling basis. For more information about our work: www.belle.med.nyu.edu