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.
Summer 1: The Academic Phase
You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in psychology and science.
Courses listed below were offered last summer and can be used as an example of the types of courses offered for this track. The 2018 Summer Study Internship Program course options will be posted on January 15, 2018.
- CAS NE 101 Introduction to Neuroscience
- CAS NE 594 The Neurobiology of Consciousness and Evolution of Language
- 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 SO 240 Sexuality and Social Life
- MET PS 275 Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
- SED CE 500 Introduction to Counseling
- SED CE 630 Applied Positive Psychology
Summer 2: The Internship Phase
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 sites in past years have included 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
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: Jada Alexander
Courses: Applied Positive Psychology; Drugs and Behavior
Internship Site: Boston Treatment Center
On the job: As a case manager intern, I completed biopsychosocial assessments of clients entering the detox program. I also worked with clients to figure out further treatment options and referred them accordingly. I facilitated group therapy sessions on topics such as trust, health and wellness, and HIV/Hepatitis C awareness and acceptance. The experience allowed me to apply the psychological concepts and theories I've learned in the classroom in a professional setting.
Perspectives: My internship provided me the clinical exposure I needed to gain better insight into what I might want to do in my career. The program is a rare opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom to the workplace. I have never had a more productive, fulfilling, and personally rewarding summer!