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.

"One of my favorite aspects of the program was the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of students. The friendships I made were valuable and lasting. I also loved my academic courses – the BU professors were incredibly helpful, engaging, and knowledgeable. "
Lilly Murray, Purchase College, State University of New York
Intern, Advance Cultural & Emotional Intelligence Lab

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.

Choose Two:

  • 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

  • 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.