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!)
- 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!]
Snedeker Lab Manager
1080 William James Hall 33 Kirkland St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Carey Lab Manager
1154 William James Hall 33 Kirkland St
Cambridge, MA 02138
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