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BELL Summer Internship Program

The application for the 2023 BELL Summer Internship Program is now open. 


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.


The internship will be in-person with an option to work remotely for interns not in the Berkeley area.


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. 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

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, Kaitlyn Tang, 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 March 17th, 2022 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, Kaitlyn Tang, at

Summer Internship FAQ

Does the Summer Internship offer a stipend?

We are only hiring volunteers and there will not be a stipend offered. 


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 2022. 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

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