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MSPICED 2018 Cohort

The Michigan Summer Program in Cognition & Early Development, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

We train motivated students to participate first hand in developmental psychological research. Our research aims to understand the cognitive and social foundation of young children’s behavior, including how children think about the minds of others, how they cooperate, and how language shapes their thinking. We invite both UM and non-UM students to apply!

Our summer internship programs lasts 10 weeks, from June 4 to August 10, 2018. Interns are paired with a graduate student or postdoctoral mentor to work on cutting-edge research (see Researchers). Interns gain experience and exposure to a variety of research activities, including: conducting experimental studies with children; data analysis using advanced video coding technology and statistical software; recruiting and scheduling child participants and their families; and aiding in the development of research design.  

In addition to participating in research, interns will participate in weekly lab meetings and reading groups. This gives them a chance to learn more about current developments in psychological research and provide feedback on ongoing projects. They are taught how to give a poster presentation and how to summarize research findings in writing. The program includes sessions on professional development, such as paths towards graduate school and advice on how to write research statements.

This is a cooperation of three laboratories by Dr. Susan Gelman, Dr. Felix Warneken, and Dr. Henry Wellman. To learn more about our research, please click the links below:

Gelman Lab                  Warneken Lab                  Wellman Lab                  Researchers


Applications for 2018 are closed. Please check back early in 2019!

For questions, please send us an email at MSPICED-admin@umich.edu

An interest in psychology and working with children is essential, and previous experience is a plus. We offer half-time (20 hours a week) and full-time internships (30-40 hours a week). Some funding is available, especially for qualified underrepresented students. Applicants who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan, should identify as such on the application form and view our posting with the Institute for Broadening Participation, found here. Students from the University of Michigan can find intramural funding options below:


Intramural Funding: University of Michigan

LSA Opportunity Hub

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships- Summer Funding