Summer Internship at University of British Columbia’s Centre for Cognitive Development

The Centre for Cognitive Development, under the directorship of Dr. Darko Odic at the University of British Columbia, is inviting motivated students interested in developmental and cognitive science research to join us for a Summer Internship Program that will run May 30th, 2016 – July 22nd, 2016. Summer interns receive close mentorship by the faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the lab. Each intern will be matched to a single project in the lab and will receive extensive hands-on experience with designing, implementing, and running the study. Interns will directly work with children and parents, and thus must be dedicated, mature, articulate, and comfortable in working in teams and speaking with others, including in person and over the phone. Interns will receive stipend to support living in the Vancouver area over the summer.

At the Centre, we investigate a series of issues in developmental and cognitive science, including the origin of number, time, and space representations and how their interaction with language plays a role in higher-order reasoning, including mathematics, confidence, and communication. We combine tools from traditional cognitive development, visual cognition and psychophysics, formal linguistics, and computational modeling to understand how children and adults reason and learn to talk about quantity, and why children are not uniformly successful in learning mathematics and related higher-level concepts. More recently, we have been investigating the origins of our sense of confidence and how it is communicated to others during learning and cooperation.

Duties of Summer Interns typically include:

  • Reading the background literature for the study under the mentorship of the project leader.
  • Helping recruit participants by phone and email.
  • Helping create stimuli and methods for the project.
  • Running adult and child participants.
  • Helping code and analyze data using software packages such as R.
  • Attending weekly lab meetings.
  • Presenting the work at lab meetings or an undergraduate conference.

Required qualifications for applying:

  • Canadian and American students are welcome to apply.
  • Prior experience working with children, ideally in a developmental lab.
  • Prior experience working in a psychology research lab.
  • Commitment of 40 hours per week for 8 weeks over the summer.
  • Strong work ethic and an excellent academic record.
  • Two letters of reference.

For more details and the application, please visit us online at Any questions about the program or the application should be directed to


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