Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Summer Psychology-Related Opportunities

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American Psychological Association (APA) Undergraduate Research Opportunities & Internships

The APA Office of Precollege and Undergraduate Education keeps an updated list throughout the year for undergraduate research opportunities, undergraduate internships and summer programs. Please contact  Martha Boenau at MBoenau@apa.org for more information or if you would like to be added to this listserve. 

Davidson College Summer Academic Program at Broughton Hospital 

Davidson College sponsors an eight-week summer academic program for undergraduates at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, N.C., a state psychiatric facility serving western North Carolina. The program is an internship in clinical settings at the Hospital; students earn credit for one course from Davidson College as Practicum in Psychology (PSY 290). This course is taught by the Psychology Department Director at Broughton Hospital who is an adjunct faculty member at Davidson College. Besides working in the hospital, students have periodic discussion sessions with the faculty member and attend a weekly seminar with presentations by clinical staff at the Hospital. Because these times are arranged once the class arrives in Morganton, students should plan on being on site five days a week for the duration of the program.  Participants work with hospital professionals as observers and assistants in patient treatment programs. Students may have the opportunity to participate in other hospital trainings and/or field trips to settings where activities relevant to clinical psychology are occurring. Service to the hospital is an important aspect of all placement options. In past years placement options have included the Adult Admissions Division, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Division, or Specialty Services Division, which includes the adolescent, geropsychiatry, and medical units. Program size is 8 students.

DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. This program is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of DHS mission-relevant research areas and graduate students interested in the specific field of Nuclear and Radiological Threat Detection. The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research at federal research facilities located across the country. The goal of this program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM issues and to promote long-term relationships between student researchers, DHS, and federal research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce. DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the application and review process, notification, and implementation of the program.

LetsKNOW.org Summer Internship Program 

Eight-week internship opportunity  for qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants from behavioral and social science disciplines. The internship program will be conducted at two locations this summer. Interns can choose to reside at one location or to split their time between the two. These programs are designed to help interns develop important knowledge, skills, and abilities that will benefit them in pursuing a career in behavioral and social science. Interns at both locations will have similar opportunities to participate in the research process as well as take part in courses and workshops conducted by Research Fellows from the Center for Human Science.  There is no tuition or related program fee for this internship.  Resident interns will only pay for personal transportation and their share of the expenses of room and board at either location.  A limited number of scholarships will be available to partially cover these expenses for interested graduate students. Visit www.humanscience.org and click on the "Summer Internship" link to apply online.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates 

Students must contact the individual sites for application information and materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. Individual sites may have specific eligibility requirements (e.g., number of undergraduate years completed) for applicants in addition to those described here. Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. High school graduates who have not yet enrolled and students who have already received their bachelor's degrees generally are not eligible.

Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab 

IASLab is a vibrant and multidisciplinary laboratory studying the nature of emotion and how emotions function in the economy of the mind. Researchers at IASLab utilize a variety of investigative tools and methodologies to study the ways in which affect, language, context and experiences and other psychological ingredients combine to realize “emotions.” We also study the role of affect in visual consciousness and perceptual decision making, the way that language and context shape emotion perception, sex differences in emotion, and a host of other related questions. IASLab is comprised of three full time research scientists, seven postdoctoral fellows, six graduate students, and anywhere from 20 to 35 undergraduate research assistants. Our expertise and interests span social, clinical and personality psychology, visual cognition, cognitive neuroscience and comparative psychology. The lab is also internationally diverse with current members from the US, China, the Netherlands and Greece. Summer Research Interns in the IASLab will assist in the development and implementation of experimental studies. Interns will directly assist in the collection of questionnaire, behavioral, and psychophysiological (autonomic) data and will gain valuable experience in experimental design and implementation, as well as simple data analysis via weekly workshops run by senior lab members. Workshops will include discussions where Summer Interns will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other lab members about ongoing research and relevant scientific literatures. Primary responsibilities will include recruitment, scheduling, screening and running of study participants, as well as data management. To apply send resume or CV to Lab Coordinator Nicole Betz at IASL.volunteer@gmail.com and an application will be sent back to fill out.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Science Education Programs

Our nation needs a steady supply of scientists and engineers to meet future needs in critical science and technology areas. Students in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields need the skills, knowledge, and experience to stay competitive in an ever-changing global marketplace. ORAU connects you to over 7,000 internship, fellowship, and research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and faculty around the U.S. Watch the 2-minute video at http://youtu.be/5lcSGNDRonw, then find an internship or research opportunity at http://see.orau.org and start making an impact today!

Oklahoma State University Summer Research Program 

The goal of this program is to provide 12 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal  and human behavior. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students will be mentored by full-time, doctoral-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research. Students selected for the program will be expected to devote at least 40 hours a week for research; thus, it is not possible to be enrolled in courses or other activities during the program.

Pace University Psychology Summer Internship Program 

The Counseling Center at Pace University's New York City campus offers two to four undergraduate psychology summer internship positions. The goal of the training program is to provide summer interns with the opportunity to experience, under supervision, the diverse functions of a professional psychologist in a university counseling center. These functions include scholarly research, outreach and consultation program development, and limited clinical work. The internship is a half-time (2.5 days per week), unpaid, volunteer-based training program.

Summer Science Fellowships (SSF) Summer Science Institute 

The APA Science Directorate is pleased to announce a program called the Summer Science Fellowships (SSF). An offshoot of the successful Summer Science Institute, SSF aims to immerse advanced undergraduate students in the science of psychology by exposing them to the excitement and promise of the best of psychological science. Our principal objective is to inform these students about the science of psychology and its promise for the future, and help prepare them for the rigors of graduate study in psychological science. Opportunites available at George Mason University, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Universit.

Upward Bound Regional Math Science Center at Frostburg State University 

FSU is now accepting applications for Science, Math and English teachers as well as residential tutors/counselors for our six-week summer program. The FSU Regional Math/Science Center is a federally funded Department of Education Upward Bound program designed to help low-income, potential first generation college students, achieve their goals of attaining a college degree, specifically in the fields of math and science.  Participants in the program attend a six-week summer session on the campus of FSU, where they are engaged in a scientific research project.  The RMSC strives to develop exciting hands-on projects that are relevant to modern life. While working on these projects the practical use of the scientific method is emphasized.  Students must develop testable hypotheses, help design the study, collect the data needed, analyze the data, draw conclusions based on the data collected and finally present their study in both oral and written form.  Students learn about peer review as they present their study progress each week to the other students in the program.  They also learn to use the computer for data analysis, for data processing their formal report, and for developing a power point presentation that is presented to a panel of scientists and an audience of parents, university and public officials.  While at FSU students also participate in a variety of activities designed to promote strong study skills, and positive social behaviors as well as activities that provide recreational and cultural experiences.