Summer internship, Berkeley Early Learning Lab

The Berkeley Early Learning Lab (BELL), under the direction of Prof. Fei Xu, is accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Internship 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.


To learn more about our lab please visit:


Applicants should have some course work in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, basic computer skills (programming skills are highly desirable), and experience working with children. 


The internships are for 25-30 hours/week for 9-10 weeks between May 26 and July 31.


To apply, please send a CV and cover letter detailing relevant coursework and research experience to our Lab Manager, Meg Bishop, at


The application deadline is March 31, 2015.