Summer internship, Language and Cognitive Development Lab, UC Berkeley

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan, is now accepting applications for this summer. The goal of this program is to provide a comprehensive, hands-on research experience to highly motivated students interested in language and the cognitive sciences.


Our lab explores linguistic, cognitive, and social development interact in early childhood. The theme of this year’s internship is to explore how children learn to use words flexibly with multiple meanings, and how this property of language affects children's learning and creativity. Interns will work closely with the professor, lab coordinator, graduate students, and each other, and will be involved in many facets of the research process, including reading relevant theoretical and empirical papers, designing experiments, creating stimuli, recruiting participants, conducting studies, and synthesizing and analyzing data. Students will have the opportunity test participants at preschools and/or children's museums in the bay area. Lastly, interns will attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind research studies, and will have the opportunity to present on the projects they are assigned at the beginning and end of the internship. We hope that interns will come away from these activities with an enriched understanding of language and cognitive development.


This internship is unpaid and will run from June 1st – July 31st and requires a minimum of 30 hours of work per week.  Please read more about applying on our website and send all application materials (found on our website) to  by April 15th.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.