Summer Opportunities

 Smith College

Research Assistant

(through August 2019)

Prepare testing materials and conduct experiments on language acquisition in children in the refinement of a novel assessment test for 2-3 year olds in English. Responsible for assisting in stimulus design, recruiting children and schools in accord with appropriate human subjects procedures, communicating with parents and teachers, and traveling to test in nursery schools, Head Starts, and day care centers. Maintain and manage records and consent forms and ensure data is accurately recorded and secured. Responsible for making contacts with likely testing sites in schools and daycares in a wide radius of Northampton, establishing and maintaining contacts and correspondence with principals, teachers and parents. Research involves coordination of three different sites: University of Delaware, Temple University, and Smith College, requiring regular email and phone communication among the PIs and RAs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Data Collection: Conduct studies at Smith College and other area preschools possibly within a 50 mile radius. Negotiate testing times with the schools as well as testing children.

Data Management: Transcribe and code videotapes of children. Manage scoresheets, consent forms, and computer data Enter data into Excel and Filemaker Pro databases, conduct statistical tests using SPSS software, and create summaries of data sets in graphic and table form. Correspond and share data across research sites, set up conference calls, prepare talks and posters.

Laboratory Management: Manage the IRB status of experimental studies, supervise and coordinate undergraduate research assistants. Organize, store, and maintain testing materials, videotapes, supplies and equipment (e.g., cameras, testing laptops).



Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education or Linguistics, with training in language acquisition and developmental psychology in particular, rigorous experimental design training and statistics, and hands-on experience with preschool children. Must hold a valid driver’s license, have own transportation and be willing to travel to preschool sites. Must pass CORI (criminal background checks) and fingerprinting mandated by schools.

Skills: Strong organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills needed.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, limited-term position through August 2019.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer



Mt Holyoke College

Senior Research Position- 1 year

The Department of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College 1 yr invites applications for a post-baccalaureate Senior Research Associate in Early Childhood Education to begin August, 2018. Educational qualifications include a baccalaureate degree in psychology, education, child development, or a related field.

The Senior Research Associate will work under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Wallace Jacoby to manage data collection and data entry for a large observational research study in Head Start preschool classrooms serving dual language learning children. The research associate will also coordinate a team of undergraduate research assistants to aid with data collection and data entry. As part of this position, the research associate will receive training to become a CLASS-Certified Observer.

Requirements of this position include:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to undergo a CORI check (a routine criminal record check performed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that assesses one’s ability to work in a setting with children)
  • Ability to travel between the Mount Holyoke campus in South Hadley and the research sites in Holyoke and Springfield, MA
  • Some knowledge of or fluency in spoken Spanish

Please include a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references for full consideration.

This is a one-year, benefited position with salary of $20.51 per hour. This position is full-time; hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.


Holyoke Public Schools HPS Summer Learning Academies –

Youth Development Worker

College students with relevant experience are encouraged to apply!

Posting ID 351020224

The Department of Enrichment and Extended Learning is responsible for the planning and oversight summer programming for students who do not qualify for extended year services. We are committed to providing high quality programming that reverses summer slide for every student enrolled.

Reporting to the site coordinator, the youth development worker is a member of the site's core operation and student support team. They build positive relationships with students and support them in throughout the day and ensure a seamless transition between morning academics and afternoon enrichment. We have multiple positions available at our Early and Upper Elementary Sites as well as at our 8/9th grade Transition Academy. Responsibilities include: Student Support • Provide student support throughout all parts of the summer learning day including; recreation, academic, and enrichment activities, as well as transitions • Build strong, positive relationships with students through positive and respectful, 1:1 conversations, mentoring and skill building activities • Promote positive behavior, youth development and student voice and leadership within the afterschool program • Provide 1:1 and small group academic support to students under the direction of a certified teacher • Address behavior issues/concerns in accordance with established behavior policies Program Support • Be an active participant in staff development and engage in reflection on adult practices to promote positive youth development and social-emotional learning • Support staff in providing students with a program environment that is conducive to learning • Assist teachers and enrichment instructors with various logistical aspects of implementing enrichment programs and academic support Family and Community Engagement • Make weekly phone calls home to families and parents to offer positive feedback about youth participation in the program • Participate in family engagement events and activities R


 • High School Diploma or working towards one with demonstrated student leadership experience • Some experience with students in an urban setting preferred • Demonstrated interested in urban education, social justice, youth development, afterschool education or enrichment. College students with relevant experience are encouraged to apply!


• Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent teamwork skills and ability to be flexible and think creatively • Bilingual applicants (Spanish) strongly encouraged to apply Interested candidates must be available from July 9th to Aug 10, M-F, up to 35 hours per week. Compensation: $14-16 per hour depending on qualifications Shift Type Summer Salary Range $14.00 - $16.00 / STIPEND Location TEACHING & LEARNING Applications Accepted Start Date 04/23/2018 End Date 05/07/2018 Job Contact Name Rob Arpin Title Director of Enrichment and Extended Learning Email rarpin@hps.holyoke.maus Phone Holyoke Public Schools HPS Summer Learning Academies -- Youth Development Worker Page 2 4/27/2018 11:30 AM



Penn State University- Hershey, PA

Summer Intern-Deadline 5/1

Temporary, Internship

The Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a seasonal summer laboratory research college intern to conduct behavioral studies using an animal model of drug addiction.


Job Number:


Work Unit:

Penn State College of Medicine


Neural and Behavioral Sciences


A successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in laboratory research, be motivated and responsible, and have completed relevant coursework in biology and/or psychology. The intern will be responsible for assisting in laboratory procedures and surgery in order to gain hands-on experience; making solutions; handling rats and/or mice; collecting, entering, and analyzing behavioral data; and conducting literature searches and reading relevant literature. Must be willing to work weekends. Specific work hours to be determined by the Departmental lab.




Children’s Mercy Hospital (located in the Kansas City metro area) announces summer scholar Counselor (typically undergraduate students) and Lead (typically graduate students) Counselor positions for our Summer Treatment Program (STP). The STP is an award-winning, evidence-based program for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) developed by William Pelham, Ph.D. and colleagues. The STP has been listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. 

Counselors and Lead Counselors will receive approximately 260 hours of face-to-face clinical experience working with children with ADHD and related behavior problems. Counselors are assigned to groups of 10-15 children, with 5-6 counselors per group. Counselors implement behavior modification procedures during sports, social skills training, art, and academic activities. Counselors will provide feedback to children and parents and record behavioral data for children in their groups. They also receive daily performance feedback from experienced staff members who provide live supervision. There will be one Lead Counselor for each group. Lead Counselors will participate in counselor responsibilities in addition to overseeing the duties of the counselors in their group. 

 Activities take place outdoors and counselors will be involved in recreational activities throughout the day; this requires knowledge of rules/fundamentals of represented sports (soccer, softball, basketball, and kickball). Counselors will serve as Sports Leaders and will plan and implement skill drills to improve children’s performance. Previous experience in sports participation, refereeing, or coaching children is preferred.

 Counselors must be available to work from May 29, 2018, through July 27, 2018. The beginning of employment will include a multi-day training session. Hired counselors will be responsible for reading the STP manual and memorizing some of the contents prior to beginning employment. 

 Counselor hours of employment are typically from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Counselors also work until 8:30 PM one evening/week while parents participate in weekly parent training groups. Counselors and lead counselors are paid an hourly wage with overtime benefits commensurate with their experience and position requirements. 

Undergraduate and graduate-level students interested in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Psychiatry, or Pediatrics are encouraged to apply. Experience gained at the STP may also be beneficial in preparation for careers in education, mental health, physical education, recreational therapy, behavior analysis, social work, and counseling and can serve as an opportunity to obtain a recommendation for work or graduate school. Positions are competitive and offers will be made until positions are filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply now and email Melynda Samson ( with any questions. 

 *Out of town applicants are encouraged to apply, summer housing is available!

 Follow the link below to apply for the Counselor Position:

 Follow the link below to apply for the Lead Counselor Position:


Laboratory Coordinator Position—Emory University

 The Memory at Emory laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Emory University (, directed by Dr. Patricia Bauer, seeks a full-time laboratory coordinator (job classification: Research Specialist).

 The laboratory coordinator will assist with studies of the development of episodic and semantic memory, in preschool to school-age children, and young adults. The laboratory makes use of behavioral measures, eye tracking, and event-related potential (ERP) methods. Duties include contributing to study design, creating experimental stimuli, testing participants, managing data, and assisting with data analysis. There also are administrative duties including assisting with participant recruitment and training and supervising undergraduate research assistants. Coordinators also have the opportunity to attend and present the work of the laboratory at scientific conferences and to contribute to preparation of scientific publications.

 The position is ideally suited to a recent college graduate who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, neuroscience, or a related field and who is (a) looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school or (b) seeking a more permanent employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor's degree in related scientific field or discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, and an interest in development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and with parents and community members. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Emory University is a vibrant, research-centered private university, located in Atlanta, Georgia. The position offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate may start as early as May 2018 and no later than July 2018. A 2-year commitment is required.

To apply for this position, please submit (1) a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, and (2) your CV or resume, to Dr. Natalie Merrill ( (3) Please also arrange for two letters of recommendation, also to be submitted to Dr. Merrill. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Dr. Patricia Bauer or Dr. Natalie Merrill ( or Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

 This is an equal employment opportunity, and Emory is an affirmative action employer. Emory does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran/Reserve/National Guard status. 

The Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh invites undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in learning sciences to participate in their summer internship program. A large number of potential faculty mentors offer a variety of research experiences (see in a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of learning scientists.

 Important information:

 - Dates: May 20-June 30, 2018

 - Housing and stipend will be provided; some travel supplements are available

 - Eligibility: major in an area relevant to learning sciences; GPA > 3.0; women and members of under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply; internships are most appropriate for rising seniors

 - Applications are due April 1st and can be submitted here:

 For more information, please visit and see the attached flyer!

 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.

 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 tentative start date for positions is as early as May 29th and as late as June 4th. Positions will last for 10-11 weeks. 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 with the subject line “Summer 2018 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.

 *full link address:

-Cooperation Lab

Gorana Gonzalez

Lab Manager

Center for Autism Research

Stellar undergraduate students are invited to apply for an internship at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Students will be immersed in an environment of rigorous scientific research and training. As interns at CAR, students will contribute to ongoing scientific efforts focused on quantitative approaches to language, social cognition, and communication (including transcription), gain exposure to a rich array of projects across multiple areas of autism research, and attend lectures and training sessions. Summer interns will work under the supervision of Dr. Julia Parish-Morris and the Motor-Language Lab Research Assistants. The Lab collects, codes, and analyzes data from clinical research participants, with the following goals: identify linguistic markers of ASD; quantify ASD-specific patterns of movement; develop improved screening and treatment tools using advanced behavioral imaging.

The ideal candidate is energetic, diligent, and self-motivated. Applicants with experience in psychology, child development, speech-language pathology, clinical research, computer science, or linguistics are encouraged to apply, as well as applicants from other backgrounds with interest in these areas. The Center for Autism Research values diversity and encourages applications from individuals that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, including individuals from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and those from other diverse populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Applicants are invited to participate in an internship at CAR as part of an undergraduate course or thesis project, as part of a program with funding through their college or university, and as volunteer interns. Internships are available for year, summer, or academic year intervals. Interns must be available for 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer and a minimum of 10 hours per week for 2 semesters in the school year. Accepted interns will need to be able to complete the CHOP Non-traditional Personnel clearance process, including background checks, FBI fingerprinting, and occupational health screen prior to their start date. Information on how to complete the process will be provided to those selected. Projected summer internship start date is Tuesday, May 29th.

To apply for a summer position, please send your CV and cover letter to Leila Bateman at by March 1st, 2018. In your cover letter, detail your academic background and previous work experience, interest in language and autism research, and describe how this experience would contribute to your future goals. Students selected for the second round of consideration will be contacted for a phone or in-person interview.

Julia Parish-Morris, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Scientist, Center for Autism Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Address: Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
5th floor Rm 5363
2716 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 267-425-1175

E-mail: or



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 see

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


Harvard University, Dan Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert's lab at Harvard University is accepting applications for volunteer research assistants for summer 2018. The program provides hands-on experience in all aspects of the research process, including idea generation and development, study design, data collection, and statistical analysis. Ongoing research in the lab currently focuses on affective forecasting, altruism, advice, judgment and decision-making, and biases and errors in conversation and social interaction. 

Interns work approximately 35 hours per week from early June to mid-August. The ideal candidate is a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate with a keen interest in social psychology. Previous research experience is an asset, but not a requirement. 

 To apply: send a CV, unofficial grade report, a brief cover letter that explains your interest in the program, and your availability between June and August to Applications are due March 1st. 

 Boston College Infant and Child Cognition Lab - Summer 2018 Internship

Dr. Sara Cordes' Infant and Child Cognition Lab, located on the main campus of Boston College, is looking for motivated and reliable undergraduates interested in participating in a summer research internship in developmental psychology. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain valuable research experience in the field of cognitive development. Research in the lab focuses on how infants, children, and adults track number and other quantities, as well as how these abilities relate to prosocial behavior in preschoolers and to formal mathematics performance in school-aged children (

This internship is open to any current undergraduate student and is best suited for students who wish to pursue graduate study in psychology. Students from primarily undergraduate and liberal arts institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. Each intern will have a primary research project to focus on, gaining valuable experience in running studies in the lab and at local museums and schools, working with infants and /or children, subject recruitment, data coding and analysis, and much more. Interns will also attend lab meetings where we discuss the theories behind our studies, our current projects, and relevant research findings from other labs.

The 10-week summer internship will involve a commitment of approximately 35 hours per week from June 4th to August 17th, 2018 (start and end dates are flexible). Interns will either receive funding or course credit.

To apply, please send your current CV, official or unofficial transcript, and a cover letter describing your interests and experiences to Raychel Gordon ( with the subject line: BC ICCL Summer Internship Application, and then complete the online application here.

The submission deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018.

SPUR Announcement to Potential Undergraduate Applicants

We are delighted to announce that applications are now being considered for the 2016 SPSP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

SPUR is a full-time, 8-week summer internship program that allows talented, graduate-school-bound undergraduates and recent graduates from under-represented ethnic groups to gain hands-on research experience working closely with a social-personality psychology faculty mentor at the mentor’s university. Applicants ideally should be intending to apply to graduate school in social or personality psychology within one or two years. 

Interested applicants should complete the application materials located on the application website.  As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to identify up to five potential faculty mentors from the list of participating faculty. The list contains a brief description of potential mentors’ research programs to facilitate applicants’ identification of potential mentors.

Applicants who are selected for the internship will receive up to $500 to support travel to and from the mentor’s location, and a summer stipend of $5,000 to support housing and living expenses.

Application materials are due by 3/11/2016.

If you have questions concerning the application process, please

Apply now!

Samantha Waldman | Membership and Awards Coordinator
Society for Personality and Social Psychology | 

O: (202) 524-6543 | F: (202) 204-5284

Research Opportunities

Departmental Honors Research. A limited number of majors will engage in honors research under the direction of a faculty member during their senior year. Honors research involves credit for three courses (usually one course credit during the fall and two credits during the spring semester) and culminates in a thesis. The thesis usually involves both a review of the previous literature pertinent to the selected area of inquiry and a report of the methods and results of a study conducted by the student. Any student interested in pursuing honors research in psychology should discuss possible topics with appropriate faculty before preregistration in the second semester of the junior year.

Special Topics. This course is open to qualified students who desire to engage in independent reading on selected topics or conduct research projects. Preference will be given to those students who have done good work in one or more departmental courses beyond the introductory level. A full course or a half course. Open to Juniors and Seniors with consent of the instructor. First and second semesters.

Research Assistantships. Opportunities are available in some laboratories. Consult with individual faculty.  Funding for summer research opportunities may be available through the Amherst College summer SURF program.