BELL Summer Internship Program

The application for the BELL Summer Internship Program 2020 is now closed.

Descriptions of the Program 

The goal of this internship is to provide 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.


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 is an unpaid internship and requires a commitment of 20-30 hours/week for 8 weeks between Monday, June 1st 2020 to Friday, July 24th 2020. We will allow a late start for students who are enrolled in a quarter system that ends later than June 1st. Missing part of the internship due to personal vacations is not permissible. 

Application Requirements

The application questionnaire is now closed.


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

- Resume/Curriculum Vitae

- Cover Letter

        - Prompt: 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. 

Our application deadline is March 13th, 2020 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

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. Seniors graduating in May 2020 may apply, but 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. 

Do you provide housing or compensation?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide housing or a stipend. However, many of our interns have been able to get funding from their universities, and the lab manager can provide resources for finding housing in Berkeley. 

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 20-30 hours a week to the internship and have availability mostly during 9am-5pm on weekdays and weekends. 

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