Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies Summer Internships, USA

Publish Date: Dec 18, 2015

Deadline: Jan 01, 2016

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies Summer Internships

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies hosts an annual summer internship, supervised by Dr. Susan Carey and Dr. Jesse Snedeker. Interns gain in-depth research experience. You can learn about Dr. Carey and Dr. Snedeker’s current research by reading our website; focusing on publications from our lab members.

What do interns do?

Interns are paired with a graduate-level researcher, based on the intern’s interests, and work on the mentor’s research project(s).Interns gain an in-depth experience in designing, conducting, and/or analyzing a study. Interns:  schedule participants, collect data from children and/or adults, transcribe/code data, conduct literature searches, prepare study stimuli, etc. Interns also participate in: Reading Group – Interns discuss 1-2 journal articles, while 1-2 mentors moderate, Lab Meetings – Interns see presentations and participate in discussions, and Presentations – Interns give a “show-and-tell” talk at week 2, and a poster at week

Should I apply?

Undergraduates, or students within 1 year of their graduation, who have: interest in research of language and/or cognitive development, basic computer skills, experience with research methods (especially in psychology or linguistics), confidence in interacting with families (especially in a professional setting), and excellent problem-solving and teamwork skills.

When is it?

The internship is 6/1/16 to 8/09/16. We can not accept interns who would start late or leave early. Interns are at lab 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Is this a paid internship?

$1500 funding is available for all interns, but interns pay for their own housing. We recommend subletting, staying in a co-op, or staying with a relative. First, look for funding from your home university. If you are accepted to our program, we will write a letter of support for outside funding. If you do not find funding, we still provide $1500 (paid $150/week). If you find funding less than $1500, we will provide a stipend so you reach $1500 (e.g., if your home University gives you $500, we provide $1000).

Where do I find funding besides the $1500 stipend?

Talk to your: academic advisor(s), student employment office, financial aid office, and/or your other student organizations (e.g. Psi Chi, sorority/fraternity, etc). Harvard Students should apply via the Harvard College Research Program. Read the information here and submit your research proposal to Dr. Carey or Dr. Snedeker by 2/1 to ask for a recommendation.

When do I apply?

The deadline is 12:00 Noon, Eastern Standard Time, March 1st, 2016. For international students, the deadline is January 1, 2016. We do not read incomplete applications. After 3/1, we will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

How do I apply? Complete the application here. (If you have trouble loading, please refresh the page and/or try copying and pasting the URL http://form.jotform.com/form/13241716183 to a different browser.)

We need the following in .PDF format.

  • A cover letter
  • A resume/CV
  • Transcripts (We do not need official/sealed transcripts!)
  • Essays
  • 2 letters of recommendation, sent directly from your references to our internship email account:HarvardLDSinternship@gmail.com.

Please direct any questions about the internship to: [NB: our labs will be closed from 12/19--1/03 for the winter holiday. Additionally, Rebecca will be out of the office from 12/17--1/13. All time-sensitive inquiries should be sent prior to these dates. Thank you!]

Liz Chalmers


Snedeker Lab Manager


1080 William James Hall 33 Kirkland St

Cambridge, MA 02138

Rebecca Zhu


Carey Lab Manager


1154 William James Hall 33 Kirkland St

Cambridge, MA 02138

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