Summer Internship Program at Yale Infant Cognition Center

Yale Infant Cognition Center

2019 Summer Internship

Call for Applications


The Infant Cognition Center at Yale University, under the direction of Dr. Karen Wynn, is accepting applications for our annual Summer Internship Program. The internship runs full-time from June 3rd to August 9th, 2019.

Research: Our research broadly focuses on social cognition in infancy. We are running a number of studies with infants & toddlers ranging from 6 months- 4 years old. These studies are largely focused on discovering what infants think about various aspects of the social world.  Some of the topics we look at include examining infants’ preferences for characters based on their social behavior or group membership and infants’ reasoning about the natural world. More information about our research can be found at

Internship Opportunity: Interns will work closely with lab researchers on new and ongoing studies, participating fully in all aspects of the research process. Interns will become familiar with experimental methods used in infant studies and will immediately become involved in recruiting and testing participants, designing and setting up studies, and coding and analyzing results. They will also attend a weekly lab meeting where we discuss the theoretical motivation for our studies, experimental data, and relevant research findings from other labs.

In addition, interns will have the chance to learn about and interact with other developmental psychology labs at Yale, and attend sessions organized by professors and graduate students on topics such as applying to graduate school. Interns are encouraged to join graduate students and other researchers from across the department in fun activities such as barbecues, bowling, trivia, and karaoke nights.

Internship Requirements: The internship will involve a full-time commitment of 40 hours per week. Undergraduate students at all stages, from all universities are welcome to apply. This includes students graduating in 2019. Prior research experience is strongly preferred. The internship is best suited for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in developmental, social, or cognitive psychology. It is highly encouraged to apply for outside funding from one’s own university, and we are happy to support these applications. Additionally, there may be up to $2,000 worth of funding available through the lab if funding cannot be secured through one’s own university.

To be fully considered for the 2019 Summer Internship, ALL application materials must be received by March 5th, 2019, midnight EST.

For any questions regarding this application, please email the lab manager, Alexa Sacchi, at


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