NSF-REU Summer Internship: Development of Social Cognition Lab at University of California, Irvine

NSF-REU Summer Internship: Development of Social Cognition Lab at University of California, Irvine
Dates: June 20 – August 26, 2022

The Development of Social Cognition Lab at UC Irvine is looking for motivated undergraduates to participate in a Summer 2022 NSF-REU program. We are offering three 10-week summer internships with a stipend of $4,000. Interns will work on NSF-funded projects relating to math cognition and cognitive predictors of inequality. We currently run studies with 3- to 9-year-olds in-person and online.

Funding is guaranteed for all accepted students. The internship will include – first and foremost, hands-on experience with cognitive development research; mentorship and guidance, including career planning, programming training, and mentorship on research presentation, research design, and data analysis. The dates for the internship will be June 20th – August 26th, 2022. We plan for these internships to be held in person at UC Irvine. This is subject to change due to COVID-19, in which case we plan on offering a fully remote internship.

Interns should apply to work on one of two projects (please indicate in the cover letter whether you would like to be considered for Project 1, Project 2, or both).

  1. Social influences of math learning: These projects investigate how to promote learning of math concepts in young children.
  2. Cognitive influences of social inequality: These projects investigate the development of young children’s abilities to reason about inequality.

Duties will include recruitment of participants, data collection, working with children, coding and analyzing data, and attending lab meetings. Interns will also engage in community outreach efforts (talk to parents about child development), read extant literature in cognitive development, and work directly with senior lab members and the PI; and present their projects to the lab community at the conclusion of their internship.


  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a full-time student
  • Ability to make a full-time commitment (40 hours/week) during the internship period
  • Proficiency in writing and communicating in English
  • Comfort interacting with children 3-9 years of age, as well as parents
  • Interest in cognitive development
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills
  • Some background in psychology coursework
  • Interest and passion for cognitive development, as well as for community outreach.

Preferred, but not mandatory:

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in Psychology classes.
  • Previous experience working with children

Positions are ideal for those interested in gaining research experience and an introduction to developmental cognitive psychology research in particular. We especially encourage people to apply who have not had opportunities to gain extensive research experience through their home institutions. If interested, please send:

a. your resume (including relevant coursework and previous research experience)
b. cover letter (including a brief description of academic and research interests)
c. unofficial transcript, and
d. the name of 1 person (ideally, faculty that may be contacted for a reference.

Please send all materials to dosc.ra.applications@gmail.com with “2022 Summer Internship” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications on March 1st so please plan to submit your application by then to guarantee that your materials are reviewed.

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