Summer paid internship at Harvard

The Social Cognitive Development Group, headed by Professor Felix Warneken and part of the Harvard Laboratory for Developmental Studies, is seeking motivated individuals for a full-time internship as part of the Pathways to Science project. This internship will be paid, and the program runs from June 1 to August 12, 2016.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and part of the Institute for Broadening Participation, Pathways to Science seeks to increase diverse participation in the STEM fields. It provides funding for a full-time paid internship for those belonging to a population underrepresented in STEM fields (Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Other Pacific Islanders).  Our research focuses on cooperative behaviors and social cognitive development in young children. In particular, we study how children start to engage in altruistic helping and how they share resources with others. We study a broad age-range, from toddlers to school-aged children, to better understand how these behaviors emerge over development.
Research assistants will gain experience with and exposure to a variety of research activities, including: recruiting and scheduling child participants and their families, testing children in the lab and in parks in the Boston area, data analysis (including advanced video coding technology), and aiding in the design of new studies.
Watch our YouTube video to see what it is like to be a research assistant at the Social Cognitive Development Group:
Research assistants must commit to working 35 hours per week in the lab, which includes attending weekly lab meetings. An interest in psychology and working with children is essential, and previous research experience is a plus. We will be accepting applications from undergraduate students, post-baccalaureates, and masters students.
Interested applicants should view our posting with the Institute for Broadening Participation, found here:
If interested, please send a resume/CV and completed application ( to Randi Vogt, lab manager, at
Applications are due no later than March 15, 2016.
For those who may not qualify for this grant-funded position or are otherwise not selected, we also have part-time volunteer positions available to all candidates, independent of ethnic or racial background. These volunteers will perform the same duties listed above, on a part-time schedule.  For more information about that opportunity, please visit our website:


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