Summer Internship

2023 summer internship update:

Unfortunately, we will NOT hold summer internship in 2023. We appreciate your interest and thank you for your understanding.


Applications for the 2020 Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development’s annual Summer Internship Program will open December 1st. Summer interns will receive close mentorship by faculty, post docs, and graduate students, and will learn all aspects of cognitive development research.  Under the direction of Drs. Lisa Feigenson and Justin Halberda, the Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition, in populations including young infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and adults.

Summer interns participate fully in all aspects of research, including recruiting participants, testing infants and children in behavioral tasks, coding and analysis of data, and interpretation and presentation of results.  Interns also participate in guided readings of developmental literature, and attend laboratory meetings in which we discuss ongoing projects or current issues in the field of cognitive development.  Students will work primarily in the Psychological & Brain Sciences building of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and may also work at our testing site at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

2020 will be the 15th year of our annual summer program, which has been enormously successful in instilling students with a love of basic research, preparing them for graduate study, and forming friendships that last well beyond the duration of the program.

Summer interns have daily contact with children and their parents, and as such must be mature, articulate, and comfortable communicating with others.  Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the research being conducted, a strong work ethic, and an excellent academic record.  Desirable background experience includes coursework in developmental and/or experimental psychology, computer skills, an ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment, and previous research experience.

The 2020 Program will run from Monday, June 1 – Friday, July 31st, and will be full-time. Summer stipends up to $1800 will be available to excellent applicants.  Applicants are also encouraged to seek and apply for funding from their home institution or other sources.

Please consult the Summer Internship FAQ page for further questions!

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