Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab Summer Internship at UTK

The Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab (infantlanguagelab.utk.edu), under the direction of Dr. Jessica Hay, is currently looking for highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors to take part in our summer internship. The goal of this unpaid internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in developmental psychology, cognitive science, normal language acquisition, or a related field. This is our second summer internship and first intern pursued graduate school at her top graduate school.

We have recently received an NIH grant: Infant statistical learning: Resilience, longevity, and specificity. Our lab studies the computational mechanisms that support infants’ ability to acquire language. The current body of statistical learning research literature minimally addresses the complex challenges infants face when learning language. In the grant, we aim to explore statistical learning in a noisy, ecologically valid setting. Secondly, we aim to examine infant’s long term memory for newly learned words extracted from continuous speech. Lastly, we will examine how infants represent newly learned words and how this relates to subsequent language learning.

Applicants should have a background in psychology or related fields. The following skills are desirable but not necessary: computer programming, statistical analysis, experience with young children. The student’s responsibilities include: recruiting participants, running studies, collecting data from participants, and contributing to data analysis. Successful applicants will be mentored by a graduate student or the lab manager, and will play an integral role in our ongoing projects. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with other developmental labs, as our lab is part of the Child Development Research Group at UT (cdrg.utk.edu). The internship lasts 10 weeks and starts late May/early June.

To apply please send a resume, the contact information of two references, and a cover letter detailing relevant coursework and research experience to our lab manager, Rebecca Bauer (rbauer5@utk.edu) byApril 14th.

Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab Summer Internship Program 2017

The Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley is now accepting applications for their summer research assistant internship. Interns will gain experience working on multiple projects at all stages of the research process.

This is an unpaid internship from approximately June 5 – August 4. Interns will be expected to work 20-30 hours/week.

Research interns will work with graduate students and the lab manager on multiple ongoing research projects. Interns will be responsible for coding data, recruiting and testing child and/or adult participants, and reading and discussing relevant theoretical and empirical papers. There will be weekly reading groups and lab meetings. Research interns should be comfortable working independently and managing their time effectively.

Prior experience working with children or working in a research lab is beneficial but not required.

Please refer to gopniklab.berkeley.edu (For Students –> Volunteers) for application instructions. The application deadline is Monday April 17 8:00 AM PST.

Please direct any questions to Sarah de la Vega at gopniklabmanager@berkeley.edu.

Summer Internship: Temple University Infant & Child Lab

The Temple Infant & Child Lab is offering summer internships to bright, energetic students who are eager to peer into the world of child development. Directed by Professors Nora Newcombe and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, the lab conducts both theoretical and applied research on language acquisition, spatial learning, memory development, play, and the arts in children ages 5 months to 9 years.

Summer interns will receive hands-on experience in every step of the research process. Each intern will also be paired with graduate student or post-doctoral fellow mentors who will serve as a resource for questions about their areas of research and graduate school. The internship is unpaid and will take place over 8 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Duties may include:

  • Recruiting and scheduling lab participants
  • Assisting with stimuli design and creation
  • Conducting studies with children in the lab or in local preschools
  • Coding and analyzing data
  • Discussing relevant journal articles in lab meetings

Required qualifications:

  • Major in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or related field
  • Commitment to at least 20 hours per week for 8 weeks
  • Basic computer skills and proficiency with MS Office
  • Experience working with children

If interested, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to Jelani Medford, Lab Coordinator, at jelani.medford@temple.edu. Applications will be accepted until Monday, March 13th, 2017. Please visit our website (www.temple.edu/infantlab) for more information about the lab.

UC Berkeley Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2017 Summer Internship

UC Berkeley
Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2017 Summer Internship
Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is now accepting applications for their summer internship. The goal of this program is to provide a comprehensive, hands-on research experience to highly motivated students interested in language and the cognitive sciences.

Our lab explores how linguistic, cognitive, and social development interact in early childhood. Interns will work closely with the professor, lab coordinator, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and each other. Interns will be involved in many facets of the research process, including reading relevant theoretical and empirical papers, designing experiments, creating stimuli, recruiting participants, conducting studies, and synthesizing and analyzing data. Interns will have the opportunity to test participants at preschools and/or children’s museums in the Bay Area. Lastly, interns will attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind research studies, and will have the opportunity to present on the projects they are assigned at the beginning and end of the internship. We hope that interns will come away from these activities with an enriched understanding of language and cognitive development.

This internship is unpaid and will run from June 5th – August 4th and requires a minimum of 30 hours of work per week.  Please read more about applying on our website http://lcdlab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship/ and submit all application materials (found on our website) by March 1st at 8:00 AM PST.

2017 Summer Internship: Early Childhood Cognition Lab

2017 University of Washington
Early Childhood Cognition Lab Summer Internship

The Early Childhood Cognition Lab at the University of Washington is offering summer internships to bright, energetic students who are eager to learn more about development psychology. Directed by Professor Jessica Sommerville, the lab conducts research on the development of children’s sociomoral concerns (e.g., when and how do infants and children understand distributive fairness?), and their sociomoral behavior (e.g., what motivates infants’ and children’s prosocial behavior?). To investigate these topics, we use a combination of techniques that include behavioral approaches (e.g., infants’ attention to social events, infants’ active choices of social partners, infants’ use of touch screens to evaluate events, etc.), and psychophysical approaches (e.g., EEG, ERP, pupil dilation, etc.).

Summer interns will receive hands-on experience in every step of the research process. Each intern will also be paired with a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow and will work together on a project. Interns will participate in professional development seminars throughout the summer. At the end of the internship, each intern will create and present a poster at a research symposium. The internship is unpaid; applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions or other external sources. The program will take place over 10 weeks during the summer of 2017 (early June – mid August). Interns will work 35-40 hours per week.

Duties may include:
– Recruiting and scheduling lab participants
– Assisting with stimuli design and creation
– Conducting studies with infants and children in the lab
– Coding and analyzing data
– Discussing relevant journal articles in lab meetings

Required qualifications:
– Major in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Anthropology, or related field
– Commitment to at least 35 hours per week for 10 weeks
– Basic computer skills and proficiency with MS Office
– Experience working with children

If interested, please send a resume/CV, an unofficial transcript, and completed application form to Rachel Horton, Lab Manager, at eccl@uw.edu. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 31st, 2017. Please visit our website (http://depts.washington.edu/eccl/) for more information about the lab.

UC Berkeley Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2017 Summer Internship

UC Berkeley Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2017 Summer Internship
Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan

 The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is now accepting applications for their summer internship. The goal of this program is to provide a comprehensive, hands-on research experience to highly motivated students interested in language and the cognitive sciences.

Our lab explores how linguistic, cognitive, and social development interact in early childhood. Interns will work closely with the professor, lab coordinator, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and each other. Interns will be involved in many facets of the research process, including reading relevant theoretical and empirical papers, designing experiments, creating stimuli, recruiting participants, conducting studies, and synthesizing and analyzing data. Interns will have the opportunity to test participants at preschools and/or children’s museums in the Bay Area. Lastly, interns will attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind research studies, and will have the opportunity to present on the projects they are assigned at the beginning and end of the internship. We hope that interns will come away from these activities with an enriched understanding of language and cognitive development.

This internship is unpaid and will run from June 5th – August 4th and requires a minimum of 30 hours of work per week.  Please read more about applying on our website and submit all application materials (found on our website) by March 1st at 8:00 AM PST.

Summer 2017 Internship in the Cooperation Lab at Boston College

The Cooperation Lab at Boston College directed by Katherine McAuliffe is seeking motivated, reliable and enthusiastic summer research assistants who would like to gain experience with research in social cognitive development. Research in the lab focuses on the development of cooperative abilities in children, with a particular focus on how children develop a sense of fairness.

Internship Description 
Summer research responsibilities include participant recruitment, help running studies both in the lab and in outdoor spaces, debriefing parents, data entry and video coding. Additionally, research assistants will be involved in an informal reading and research group and will gain hands-on experience working with data. Research assistants will work closely with other team members and will be supervised by the Cooperation Lab’s director and lab manager.
In addition to gaining experience with all aspects of our research, the lab will be hosting a high school summer internship program and assistants will have the opportunity to mentor high school students in the latter part of their internship.
Eligibility and requirements 
Research assistants are asked to commit approximately 40 hours per week to research in the lab and should be open to the possibility of testing outdoors and on weekends. The internship will be 10-11 weeks starting around the beginning of June. These are unpaid positions so students are encouraged to seek funding from outside sources and/or their home institutions.
Anyone is welcome to apply. To do so, please complete our online application and send a CV or resume to lmcooperation@gmail.com with the subject line “Summer 2017 Research Assistant Application”. There is no deadline for submission but we are eager to find motivated assistants as soon as possible and so we’ll review applications as they come in.

2017 Summer Internship Yale Social Cognitive Development Lab

The Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University is now accepting applications for our undergraduate summer internship program. Highly motivated undergraduates can apply to help us uncover how children and adults think and reason about social groups and intergroup experiences.

Summer interns will be involved in many aspects of the research process, including participant recruitment and scheduling, study design, experiment facilitation, data entry and more. Interns will also attend and present at weekly lab meetings to discuss relevant research.

The program is 8-weeks from June 5 – July 28, 2017full time (35-40 hours/week), with some weekend hours required. Eligible applicants are currently enrolled undergraduates and recent college graduates from US institutions.

These positions are unpaid; applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions and other external funding sources for summer scholarships and grants.

To apply please send:

  1. A résumé/CV
  2. Completed application form
  3. An unofficial transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (sent separately to helena.wippick@yale.edu)

Applications are due on March 3, 2017, send all applications to: helena.wippick [at] yale [dot] edu in one email with subject line “[YOUR NAME] 2017 Summer Internship Application.” Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.