Summer Internship in the Social Skills, Imagination, and Theatre Lab at George Mason University

The Social Skills, Imagination, and Theatre Lab at George Mason University, under the direction of Dr. Thalia Goldstein, is seeking excellent undergraduate and MA students for our summer internship program.  Research in the SSIT lab focuses on fostering children’s empathy, theory of mind, and emotion regulation capabilities through engagement with pretend play, theatre and imaginative activities.

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 work in lab meetings. The intern program begins in late May and runs until early August, with flexibility to individual schedules. There are two options: part time (15-20 hours per week) and full time (35-40 hours per week).  Applicants should be highly motivated and have a background in child development, psychology, or a related field. Applications should complete the application (including uploading a CV and providing contact information for a reference) at the following link:

Students from primarily teaching-focused universities and underrepresented minority students are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding or credit from their home institutions, and a stipend of up to $1500 will be available for interns.


Thalia R. Goldstein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Applied Developmental Psychology

Department of Psychology

George Mason University

4400 University Drive, 3F5

Fairfax, VA 22030 USA


Director, Social Skills, Imagination, and Theatre (SSIT) Lab

Co-Director, Mason Arts Research Center (an NEA Lab)

Editor, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

Blog, The Mind On Stage

Twitter, @ThaliaGoldstein


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