Cooperation Lab Summer Internship Opportunity at Boston College

The Cooperation Lab at Boston College directed by Katherine McAuliffe is seeking motivated, reliable and enthusiastic summer research assistants who would like to gain experience with research in social cognitive development. Research in the lab focuses on the development of cooperative abilities in children, with a particular focus on how children develop a sense of fairness.

Internship Description 

Students will gain hands-on experience in recruiting participants, collecting, organizing and coding data as well as debriefing families about the research. In addition, research assistants will attend weekly lab meetings with other undergraduates, post-doctoral fellows, the principal investigator, and lab manager to discuss ongoing and key research in the field of psychology. 

Eligibility and requirements 

Research assistants are asked to commit approximately 35 - 40 hours per week to research in the lab and should be open to the possibility of testing outdoors and on weekends. UPDATE: The official start date for positions is June 3rd. Positions will last for 10-11 weeks. We are also interested in students who can stay through mid- August, in which case, we can arrange a later start date. These are unpaid positions so students are encouraged to seek funding from outside sources and/or their home institutions.

Anyone is welcome to apply. To do so, please complete our online application * and send a CV or resume to with the subject line “Summer 2019 Research Assistant Application”. UPDATE: Application are due March 22nd for full consideration as we've begun the reviewing process. 

UPDATE: We are also recruiting research assistants via the Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) program supported by the American Psychological Association. This is a separate opportunity that has specific eligibility requirements. Students who are from underrepresented minority groups or are first generation college studentsand who have had little or no research experience will be given priority. Additionally, applicants must be enrolled in an American undergraduate program and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior years. 

If you feel that you qualify for this opportunity as well, please make sure to apply to both programs independently. A link to the SUPRE opportunity can be found here