BELL Summer Internship Program

The application for the 2021 BELL Summer Internship Program is now closed.

Description of the Program 

The goal of this internship is to provide a hands-on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language Development or a related field. Successful applicants will be paired with a graduate student or postdoc mentor and will have the opportunity to conduct research at local children’s museums and in the lab, and collaborate on a variety of on-going and new projects. Our lab uses looking time, eye tracking, free play, intervention, and other behavioral methods to investigate inductive learning and statistical inference in social cognition, category learning, physical reasoning, causal learning, word learning, and other domains.
In addition to collaboration with individual graduate students and 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.

Remote Status

Currently, the Berkeley Early Learning Lab is remote-only. Depending on how things develop in the next few months, that might change. We will be flexible about interns working with us remotely or in person this summer. Interns who do not wish to work on-site will not be required to.


Berkeley affiliated and non-Berkeley undergraduates who are interested in developmental psychology and cognitive science are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Applicants should have some course work in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, basic computer skills (programming skills are highly desirable), and experience working with children. 


This internship requires a commitment of 20 hours/week for 8 weeks between Monday, May 31st, 2021 to Friday, July 23rd, 2021. We will allow a late start for students who are enrolled in a quarter system that ends later than May 31st. Missing part of the internship due to personal vacations is not permissible. 

Application Requirements

The application for summer 2021 is now closed.

You will need to submit the following materials in the above application

- Resume/Curriculum Vitae

- Cover Letter

- Discuss any research experience, experience working with children, or programming experience. Also please discuss why you think the Berkeley Early Learning Lab would be a great fit for you. (Less than 5,000 characters including spaces.)

- Unofficial Transcript

- One Letter of Recommendation

- Letters of recommendation should be sent to the lab manager, Gwyneth Heuser, at Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender as a PDF and should include the applicant's name in the title of the attached document.

The application deadline is February 25th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. Decisions will be made by mid-April.

If you have any questions about the application, please direct your questions to the lab manager, Gwyneth Heuser, at

Summer Internship FAQ

Do you provide housing or compensation?

Interns will be given a stipend for their participation in the program.

Is your program open to International Students? 

Yes, our internship is open to undergraduate international students.  

Can a college graduate apply to the program?

Unfortunately, we only accept current undergraduate students and seniors graduating in May 2021. However, priority will be given to applicants further from graduation.  

Do you need to have research experience to apply?

We do not require applicants to have previous research experience. We are more interested in learning about your research interests and whether they align well with our program.

Can I have a part-time job or take summer classes while in the internship?

Yes, many of our interns have had part-time jobs or taken summer classes while in the internship. However, you must still be able to commit 20 hours a week to the internship and have availability mostly during 9am-5pm on weekdays and weekends. 

2017 Summer Interns