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.
Students in the Psychology Research & Practice track explore topics such as childhood development, neurodevelopment, cognition, and aging. Applicants to this track must have completed at least three years of college by the start of the program. Please note that if students are placed in a clinical environment during the Internship Phase, direct patient contact will be limited and, at some sites, may not be possible.
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Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 20 - June 27, 2014)
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.
- CAS BI 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
- CAS PS 372 Psychological Perspectives on War and Peace
- 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 7 - August 15, 2014)
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 23 - August 15, 2014)
The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Fridays throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The primary emphasis of this course is to explore links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and to provide support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.
Meet a Psychology Research & Practice Student
Student: Michael Bodem
Courses: Introduction to Experimental Design in Psychology; Behavioral Medicine
Internship Site: The Trauma Center, Justice Resource Institute
On the job: The Trauma Center, a program of the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Mass., is a leader in the field of trauma research and therapy techniques established by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of psychological trauma. The center has conducted revolutionary research in the field, including studies on the efficacy of yoga as a therapeutic technique. My work there involved coding information and setting up statistical analyses of data for a new type of therapy they've developed, called SMART. I also conducted literature reviews of relevant background research and associated articles, which means I earned the right to be cited when the Trauma Center issues publications related to SMART - or possibly even co-authorship of one of their articles.
Perspectives: What I liked most about the whole internship experience was the work I got to do, and how I really felt connected with the research team. I was treated like a member of the team, and not just some intern. It made me feel like I was really a part of something. Also, I was happy that I was productive over the summer and did much more than work at a typical summer job. I was able to watch the work I did during my internship evolve into near-completion.