Psychology Research & Practice Track
Home to some of the world’s most respected research hospitals, universities, and institutes, Boston is a leader in the study of the mind and behavior. For hundreds of years, the region has been a launching pad for advancing knowledge about the psychology and psychiatry of both groups and individuals. Boston’s many labs and health and medical centers flourish with a wide range of clinical, educational, and research activities.
On this track you'll explore topics such as childhood development, neurodevelopment, cognition, and aging. Please note that if you are placed in a clinical environment during the Internship Phase, direct patient contact will be limited and, at some sites, may not be possible.
Applicants to this track must have completed at least three years of college by the start of the program.
Intern, Neuroscience Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 23 - July 1, 2016)
You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in psychology and research. The courses below were offered in Summer Term 2015 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered. Courses for Summer Term 2016 will be posted on January 15, 2016.
- CAS NE 101 Introduction to Neuroscience
- CAS NE 525 Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases
- CAS PS 211 Introduction to Experimental Design in Psychology
- CAS PS 234 Psychology of Learning
- CAS PS 241 Developmental Psychology
- CAS PS 251 Psychology of Personality: Theories and Application
- CAS PS 325 Experimental Psychology: Personality
- CAS PS 333 Drugs and Behavior
- CAS PS 338 Neuropsychology
- CAS PS 371 Abnormal Psychology
- MET PS 275 Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
- MET PS 330 Leadership in the Workplace
- SED CE 630 Applied Positive Psychology
Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 11 - August 19, 2016)
For the second six weeks of the program, you’ll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.
Psychology Research & Practice Internship Opportunities
Internship placement opportunities include counseling services and mental health centers; early childhood development programs; and labs and research departments in fields such as neurodevelopment, vision, cognition, education, socio-emotional intelligence, and degenerative diseases and disorders.
- Internship placement for 35 hours a week
- Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience, as well as employer and industry norms (Please note: Opportunities within research laboratories are dependent on student experience and lab requirements.)
- All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
- Visit our Placement Process page for additional information
Summer Study Internship Course
(May 27 - August 19, 2016)
The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Fridays throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.
Meet a Psychology Research & Practice Student
Student: Molly Church
Courses: Psychology of Learning; Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
Internship Site: Vision Sciences Lab at Harvard University
On the job: I worked in a lab that focuses on vision research. I instructed research participants in the study, and conducted research myself. I learned a lot of skills during my internship, like eye-tracking analysis and electroencephalography (EEG). I also learned how to work with data and how to display the results of my studies. The internship was a great, worthwhile experience that would have been challenging to find on my own.
Perspectives: The internship taught me many skills I may use in my future as a psychologist, and will provide me with a great letter of recommendation for future jobs and lab work. The experience has helped me become a more independent and confident person, and has moved me closer to reaching my future goals. Also, I met many wonderful people through the program and fell in love with the city of Boston.