Summer Internship

2017 Summer Internship Program:
Language and Creativity in Early Childhood

We will start accepting applications on January 9th.
Applications are due by March 1st at 8:00 AM PST.

Intent of Program: The goal of this program is to provide a comprehensive, hands-on research experience to highly motivated students, while making valuable contributions to cognitive science.

Program Description: Our lab explores linguistic, cognitive, and social development in early childhood. Interns will work closely with the professor, the lab manager, graduate students, and each other, and 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. Students will also 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 our studies, and will have the opportunity to present on the projects they are assigned at the beginning and end of the internship. The outcome of these activities will be an enriched understanding of the core concepts of developmental psychology and of the scientific method.

Who should apply?: Undergraduates, graduating seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing graduate work in language and cognitive development or related fields are encouraged to apply. A strong interest in language and cognition is required. Relevant coursework in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Computer Science, or Philosophy, and previous experience working in a research laboratory and working with children is desired.

Logistics: This internship is unpaid and will run from June 5th – August 4th and requires a minimum of 30 hours of work per week. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist in finding or providing housing in the Bay Area.

To apply: Please familiarize yourself with our research and complete your application here. Please submit all materials no later than March 1st at 8:00 AM PST Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and you will be contacted within a month. If you have any questions pertaining to the program, please email our lab manager, Catherine Berner, at catherineberner[at]berkeley[dot]edu and put “Summer Internship” in the subject line.

Letters of Recommendations:

If you were part of one of our past summer internships and would like a letter of recommendation or a completion certificate, you can find more information here.