Research assistant applications for Summer 2023 are now open!

Interested in becoming involved in the Social Development and Learning Lab?

We hire volunteer and directed study students for each semester as well as for the summer term!

What will you do?

You would be helping us run studies both at the lab and at various locations like the Boston Commons and the Museum of Science. Other responsibilities include interacting with participants and parents, studying development, and entering data.

What are we looking for?

Responsible, energetic students with a passion for research! All applicants should work well with kids and have a background, or strong interest, in psychology or a related field.  During the school year, we require a time commitment of 7–10 hours a week and a commitment to the lab for at least two semesters. For the summer (May – August), we are looking for research assistants who can commit more hours during the week and become fully engrossed in a project.


Please check the message at the top of the Research Assistant Application page for updates about when applications are open! To apply, you will need to fill out our application form, and send an email with a cover letter and resume/CV to

Please address any questions or requests for additional information to:

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Information for Students

Want to volunteer?We hire volunteer and directed study students for each semester. We're looking for responsible, energetic students with a passion for research! Help us run studies, interact with parents and participants, enter data, and more.

Interested? Find out more!