Announcing the
2020 Johns Hopkins University
Laboratory for Child Development
Summer Internship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development’s<…> annual Summer Internship Program. Summer interns will receive mentorship by faculty, post docs, and graduate students, and will learn all aspects of cognitive development research. Under the direction of Drs. Lisa Feigenson and Justin Halberda, the Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition, in populations including young infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and adults.

Summer interns participate fully in all aspects of research, including recruiting participants, testing infants and children in behavioral tasks, coding and analyzing data, and interpreting and presenting results. Interns also participate in guided readings of developmental literature, and attend laboratory meetings where we discuss ongoing projects or current issues in the field of cognitive development. Students will work primarily in the Psychological & Brain Sciences building of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and may also work at our testing site at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

2020 will be the 15th year of our annual summer program, which has been enormously successful in instilling students with a love of basic research, preparing them for graduate study, and forming friendships that last well beyond the duration of the program.

Summer interns have daily contact with children and their parents, and as such must be mature, articulate, and comfortable communicating with others. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the research being conducted, a strong work ethic, and an excellent academic record. Desirable background experience includes coursework in developmental and/or experimental psychology, computer skills, and an ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment. Previous experience working with children under 10 years old is a requirement.

The 2020 Program will run from Monday, June 1 – Friday, July 31, and will be full time. Summer stipends up to $1800 will be available to excellent applicants. Applicants are also encouraged to seek and apply for funding from their home institution or other sources.

To apply, please submit a completed application using this link ( including a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, updated CV/resume, unofficial academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation by Saturday, February 1st, 2020.

Applications should be submitted using the Google Forms link, but a PDF of the application for reference can be found here: (

Inquiries and letters of recommendation should be sent to the Laboratory Manager, Alexis Smith, at <>. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender as a PDF and should include the applicant’s name in the document title.

More information can also be found on the lab website under the “Join Our Team!” tab: <…> or on our Summer Internship FAQ page:<…>​