Summer Internship Program in the Developing Minds Lab at Boston University

The Developing Minds Lab at Boston University, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Kibbe, is seeking excellent undergraduates for our summer internship program. Research in the Developing Minds Lab focuses on the the development of object, numerical, and social cognition in infants, children, and adults.


Summer interns will be involved in every aspect of the research, from scheduling participants to running studies to coding and analyzing data. Interns will also have the opportunity to read and discuss the relevant literature, and to present their work in lab meetings. Interns will interact with other undergraduate researchers in the other developmental labs here at BU, and participate in workshops on careers in psychology and research. Finally, interns will gain valuable research experience in a dynamic (and fun!) lab environment.


The program begins the first week of June and runs through the end of July (with the option to extend through August). Interns will work 35-40 hours/week. Applicants should be highly motivated and have a background in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should send the following to with the subject line 2019 Summer Internship Program by March 1, 2019:


a CV

A cover letter (2 pages max) addressing:

Your interest in research

Previous relevant experience

Any relevant coursework

What you hope to get out of the internship

two letters of reference (to be sent separately to


The internship is open to all undergraduates enrolled in four year institutions. Students from primarily teaching-focused universities and underrepresented minority students are especially encouraged to apply. A stipend of $2000 may be available for outstanding applicants; applicants also are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions.


The Developing Minds Lab is part of the Child Development Labs, a group of seven labs at Boston University focusing on cognitive, social, and emotional development in infants and children. More information about the Developing Minds Lab can be found at More information about the Child Development Labs at BU can be found at



Melissa M Kibbe, PhD


Assistant Professor

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Center for Systems Neuroscience

Boston University

Lab Website:


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