2011 Summer Internship
We are no longer accepting applications for 2011For information about the 2012 summer internship, you may get a general idea by looking at this page.
Description of InternshipThe Yale Mind and Development Lab Summer Internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with graduate students and postdocs on both ongoing and new studies. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of projects, including activities such as developing new project ideas, designing new experiments, recruiting participants, running experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results.
In addition to collaboration with individual researchers to work on specific projects, weekly lab meetings will give interns a chance to present their own work for feedback and provide feedback to others. We will also discuss current papers being published that relate to the lab's projects.
The intensive research focus of this internship makes it well-suited for students considering graduate school in experimental psychology.
Focus of Lab ProjectsOur lab focuses on the developmental origins of social behavior. Specifically, our current projects focus on issues that include the developmental origins of moral behavior, theory of mind, and appreciation of fiction.
- Why do people often act nicely, rather than always looking out for their own self-interest?
- How does our understanding of minds differ from our understanding of bodies?
- Why do people spend so much of their free time engaging with fictional worlds rather than the real one?
- How do children understand role playing, acting, and pretending?
- Why do we enjoy horror movies and tragedies when they also upset us?
ApplicationsFor full consideration, please submit your application materials by March 31, 2011.
Download Application as .doc file
The application consists of an application form, a current transcript and a resume. All student-prepared materials must be submitted electronically to minddevmanager [at] gmail [dot] com. Providing a recommendation letter is encouraged but not required. Recommenders should send their letters by snail mail if necessary, but are encouraged to submit them via e-mail (from their official university e-mail address). Unofficial transcripts should be e-mailed if possible, and official transcripts should be sent to the address below:
Department of Psychology
New Haven, CT 06520-8205
Other InformationDuration: The duration of the program is expected to be 8-10 weeks. On the application form, you may indicate times between May 15th and August 15th that you are unavailable. Preference may be given based on schedule.
Eligibility: Strong academic record with interest in Psychology. High school graduates not yet enrolled in a college or university are ineligible.
Funding: We are not offering funding for summer interns, though we encourage you to seek outside funding (e.g., from your home university).