Psychology students who wish to pursue careers in research can gain experience by participating in summer research programs. These programs provide training in speciality areas such as educational, counselling and cognitive psychology, and they prepare participants for graduate study by way of professional development workshops. Some summer internships offer students stipends, travel vouchers and housing.
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Undergraduate psychology majors who have an interest in working in counselling can apply to Pace University's Undergraduate Psychology Summer Internship Program. The unpaid, six- to eight-week internship program places up to four students at a counselling centre at Pace's New York City campus. The counselling centre provides the Pace community with individual and group counselling, along with outreach services. Summer psychology interns participate in several research projects, including library research, report writing and database management. These projects help hone the research skills needed for graduate study in the field. Additionally, summer psychology interns attend seminars on the graduate application process and careers in psychology. Applicants submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) along with a cover letter and one recommendation letter. Finalists must complete a personal interview before selections are announced.
Pace University Counseling Center 156 William St., 12th Floor New York, NY 10038-1598 212-346-1526 pace.edu
University of Utah
The University of Utah's Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) in Psychology is sponsored by a training grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and is open to bachelor's and master's degree candidates. The internship, which lasts eight to ten weeks, provides participants with extensive research training. Students work with faculty mentors to carry out experiments, attend research meetings and collect and analyse data in the student's area of research. A professional development seminar exposes students to researchers in psychology subspecialties, such as developmental, cognitive and social psychology, and covers topics such as applying to doctoral programs and presenting research papers. Students have an opportunity to present a research project while in the program, and also practice taking the Graduate Record Examination. Participants in the SROP-Psychology program receive a stipend of £1,950 for undergraduates or £2,600 for graduate students, as of 2010. They also receive a travel voucher and room and board on the University of Utah campus.
University of Utah Department of Psychology 380 South 1530 East, Room 502 Salt Lake City, UT 84112 801-581-6124 psych.utah.edu
University of Virginia
Undergraduates who wish to pursue graduate degrees in educational psychology can gain valuable research experience at the University of Virginia's Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science Summer Undergraduate Research Program. The eight-week program is designed to help students develop skills needed to earn a doctoral degree and continue on to research careers. Activities in the program are research-focused and include meetings with faculty mentors; a research conference and presentation; and workshops on graduate school applications and career opportunities in educational research. Program participants receive a £1,950 stipend (as of 2010), travel and meal vouchers and on-campus housing.
University of Virginia EP-ADS Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning 350 Old Ivy Way, Suite 100 Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-243-2021 curry.edschoool.virginia.edu
APA Summer Science Fellowship
The American Psychological Association sponsors a summer program for rising college seniors who are psychology majors and have an interest in research careers. The six-week program places up to 10 students in laboratories in the Washington, D.C., area. Applicants accepted to the program receive a travel voucher and stipend to cover living expenses, along with a salary. The summer fellowship program is designed to prepare students for graduate-level psychology study while being mentored by leading researchers in the field.
American Psychological Association 750 First St. NE Washington, DC 20002 800-374-2721 apa.org
Colorado State University
Undergraduate psychology majors with an interest in neuroscience, cognition and perception can apply to the Summer Program on Mind and Brain at Colorado State University. The eight-week summer program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides students access to laboratory facilities, and allows them to attend a research seminar and workshops and to present their research at a banquet at the end of the program. Program participants receive housing on campus, a stipend of £1,820, a £325 travel allowance and a £325 research expense allowance. (Dollar figures are current as of 2010.) College sophomores and juniors are eligible for the summer research program.
Colorado State University Psychology Department 1876 Campus Delivery Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523 970-491-6363 psy.psych.colostate.edu
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- Pace University: Undergraduate Psychology Summer Internship Program
- University of Utah: Summer Research Opportunity Program in Psychology
- University of Virginia: EP-ADS Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- American Psychological Association: Summer Science Fellowship
- Colorado State University: Summer Program on Mind and Brain