Summer Internship

2018 Summer Internship Program

Language and Cognition in Early Childhood

Program Overview

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.
Our lab's research explores how linguistic, cognitive, and social abilities arise during human development. A central goal of our research is exploring how these different aspects of development interact with one another.
Interns will work closely with the lab manager, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and each other, and will meet with professor Srinivasan on a regular basis. Interns will be involved in many facets of the research process, such as: assisting with data collection, working on stimuli creation and preparation of study materials, reading relevant theoretical and empirical papers, recruiting participants, and processing or 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 during the internship. We hope that interns will come away from these activities with an enriched understanding of language and cognitive development.
This is a 9 week internship program that requires 30 hours of work per week, and will be held at UC Berkeley. The program runs from June 11th – August 10th 2018, and is unpaid. Please note that we are unable to assist in finding or providing housing in the Bay Area.

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for undergraduates, graduating seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or related fields and/or students who are interested in working toward an undergraduate honors thesis.


1) Strong interest in language acquisition and/or cognitive development.
2) Coursework in: psychology, linguistics, or cognitive science.
3) Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
4) Strong communication skills in spoken and written English.
Additional Preferred Skills (Not Required):
Experience working in a research laboratory.
Computer programming experience.
Data analysis experience (R).
Experience working with children.
Experience with eye tracking technology (SMI).
Experience with behavioral coding (Datavyu).
Experience with Excel and PowerPoint.
Experience with Qualtrics and/or Amazon's Mechanical Turk.

How To Apply

Applications for Summer 2018 will be open January 9th to March 1st at 8:00 AM.
Please familiarize yourself with our research, complete the online application, and submit all materials by March 1st at 8:00 AM PST. Applications will be reviewed after this deadline and you will be contacted within one month.



If you have any questions about the internship, 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.