Summer Internship - Child Development Laboratory at University of Maryland

Child Development Laboratory


Summer 2014 Internship Program


The Child Development Laboratory,

at the University of Maryland is inviting outstanding and motivated undergraduates to apply for a summer internship program. This competitive program presents a unique opportunity to work in our laboratory alongside graduate students and post-docs, on one of many ongoing research projects: the Temperament Over Time Study (examining emotion regulation in children who vary in temperament), the Mirror Neuron Project (examining EEG activity during action-perception experiments), and a handful of individual graduate student studies. Summer interns will participate in weekly research meetings and will gain exposure to a range of methods and experimental paradigms.  This is a volunteer position, but those applying are encouraged to seek outside funding from their own university. 


Research focus

Research at the CDL focuses on multiple facets of socio-emotional development spanning ages from infancy to early adulthood. We study cognitive, social and emotional processes and are interested in the observation and measurement of attention, memory, as well as emotion expression and social experience. We use multiple methods including behavioral and physiological assessments (electrophysiology: EEG and ERP; brain imaging: fMRI).



Background in psychology, biology, or a related field

Flexible schedule including availability on some weekends depending on which project you are hired for

Basic computer skills, detail oriented, reliable and cooperative

Experience with children is preferred

Minimum of 3.0 overall GPA

A letter of recommendation from one of your professors or previous supervisor within the academic community (e.g., a PI from a previous lab in which you have worked)

Must be able to commit at least 20 hours/week for 8 weeks between June 1st and end of July.


To Apply

Send your resume including your GPA, for which study you wish to intern for, and letter of recommendation (please have this sent directly by the writer of the letter) to our Laboratory Coordinator, Julie Staples-Watson (, no later than April 1, 2015. We will review applications on a rolling basis.