Job & Research Opportunities

This is a selective list of opportunities that cognitive science and linguistics students may find of interest. Students should also expand their search through the Life Design Lab, URSCA, and more.

Undergraduates may receive credit for on- or off-campus independent academic work (IAW) OR be paid, but not both. Students may earn up to 3 IAW credits per term and up to 6 IAW credits per year (40 hours of work = 1 credit). What are the rules for IAW and how do I register for credit?

Finding & Funding Research or Internships

Finding the right IAW position can be hard work. Online resources, hands-on support, and even funding opportunities are readily available through these offices to help guide students through the process. HOUR provides a particularly helpful guide on how to seek out and secure research positions.

Conferences

  • SC Undergrad Linguistics Conference

    Posted: February 27, 2022

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    We are holding our 11th annual Southern California Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (SCULC 2022) this May and have recently put out a call for abstracts. This conference is a great opportunity for undergraduate students from around the world to gain experience in sharing their research, so we think it would be helpful to pass this message to those who might be interested.

    Students may submit abstracts up until the submission deadline on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST. The conference is set to take place on Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at UCLA’s Campbell Hall inside the Learning Pavilion. However, due to Covid-19 protocols and restrictions, we may also consider online or hybrid options of which we would notify applicants if needed.

    Currently, we are focused on reaching out to undergraduate students that may be interested in participating in SCULC 2022. There may be many students who have completed tremendous projects, but may not know they have the chance to present their work at an undergraduate-geared conference. For this conference, we fully accept research in progress in addition to completed research, so students may submit abstracts that do not have results or conclusions. Topics may relate to any field of theoretical or applied linguistics. Students can find out more about SCULC 2022 through our website: https://sites.google.com/view/sculc-2022. All abstracts will be submitted through easychair: https://easychair.org/cfp/SCULC2022. The submission link can be found on the SCULC 2022 website and BLing’s Linktree as well. Students with further questions are encouraged to email BLing at bruinlinguists@gmail.com.

    SCULC 2022: https://sites.google.com/view/sculc-2022
    Easychair Abstract Submission link: https://easychair.org/cfp/SCULC2022
    BLing Linktree: https://linktr.ee/blingatUCLA

  • Summer Inst. for Languages of the Muslim World, University of Illinois

    Posted: September 22, 2021

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    The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL). We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement. Many of these languages can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.     

    This summer SILMW will take place from June 13 to August 6, 2022, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters. This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!   

    When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned up to 10 credits, but you will also have had fun!    

    Students interested in this program who may want to transfer credits to JHU, should educate themselves on the pre-approval transfer credit process.

    We invite you to check out our website for more details about the program in general and for the application requirements in particular. The following selected web pages might be of interest to you, should you want to learn more about the program:  

    If you have any questions, please contact us at silmw@illinois.edu.  

  • Macksey Humanities Research Symposium

    Posted: September 22, 2021

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    The 3rd Annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, will be virtual, March 25-27, 2022.  All Hopkins students have the registration fee waived and can present their research internationally at the symposium and after attending can submit their work for publication in the Journal of proceedings. With over 15,000 visitors to the journal site and 650 presenters, this is a great way to get your research into the world.

    Apply here by February 15th.

Graduate Programs

  • Notre Dame ESTEEM Program

    Posted: February 2, 2022

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    Applications are open for the the ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame, a one-year MS in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship. Our final application deadline for the Class of 2023 is March 21, 2022. ESTEEM provides:

    • Real-world experience in entrepreneurship through the Capstone project and thousands of dollars in financial support through student startups
    • Guaranteed scholarship for all admitted students with an average award of $27,000
    • Graduates launch their startups or connect to jobs through the extensive (750,000+ member) Notre Dame network, with over 90% of graduates placed within 3 months

    Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. For this reason, ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to make an impact fixing things that matter.

    ESTEEM curriculum

    ESTEEM brochure

    Final application deadline is March 21, 2022. Contact Iseli Hernandez (ihernandez@nd.edu) or Kyle Williams (kwilliams@nd.edu) to learn more.

  • Postgraduate Pgm in Linguistics & English Language, University of Edinburgh

    Posted: February 2, 2022

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    This program is holding an online information session on Thursday, 10 March at 4.00pm (GMT) which will be tailored to students currently studying in North America who are interested in studying for a postgraduate program in language sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Book your place now: edin.ac/PPLSinfosession2022

    The University of Edinburgh is a centuries-old center of learning in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, with a truly global outlook:

    • We’re consistently ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world
    • We offer a one-year postgraduate degree, excellent either as a pathway towards a PhD or as a terminal degree
    • You can study with a world-leading, 40-strong faculty across a wide range of topics including speech technology, applied & developmental linguistics, the study of the English language and evolution of language & cognition.

    Find out more: https://www.ed.ac.uk/c/ppls-pgt-info

  • MS Computational Linguistics at Brandies University

    Posted: January 11, 2022

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    The priority application deadline is January 15th. The application will remain open on a space available basis through April 1st.

    You can find a complete listing of application requirements on the website as well as the link to our online application. We’d also like to offer you an application fee waiver. To obtain your waiver, please enter the code CLMS22 while completing your application using these detailed waiver instructions.

    The CL MS degree is a specialized degree offered by the Computer Science Department. It’s a two year degree that is programming-intensive, emphasizes a strong foundation in both computer science and linguistics, and is open to students of varying academic backgrounds, including to non-CS majors.

    Graduating students have access to our broad network of alumni, and have an excellent placement rate at companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, IBM, Partners Healthcare, Athena Health, QPID Health, and many more – as well as in PhD programs.

    If you have any questions about the program or would like to learn more, please email the Admissions Coordinator Emily Palmer: scigradoffice@brandeis.edu.

  • Georgetown’s Health & Public Interest M.S. Program

    Posted: October 18, 2021

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    Georgetown University’s Health and the Public Interest M.S. program, is an interdisciplinary, one-year program aimed at creating effective advocates for better health care systems and improved public health. The HAPI program examines health policy in the context of societal, psychological, and cultural factors and how they intersect with corporate and institutional influences to affect health. The program incorporates diverse theory and methods of social sciences and epidemiology to understand the evolution of governance, economic issues and other drivers of global health. Students who apply by the January 15 priority application deadline will have their application fee waived. Admissions are rolling, so apply today!

    Updates

    • NEW! Fall Information Session Dates
    • Virtual HAPI (Health and the Public Interest) Hour Seminars
    • Connect with us on social media

    Go to hapi.georgetown.edu  for details and instructions on how to register.

Internships

  • Summer Research Internship Program

    Posted: March 16, 2022

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    The Department of Inflammation & Immunity at the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic is enthusiastic about expanding our summer student trainee program in 2022 and adding to our rich history of partnership between undergrads and investigators. In the past, these partnerships have led students to full-time positions, as well as placement at top tier graduate and medical schools. We currently have 20 summer internship positions open which have the potential for placement in any one of our 30 labs.

    Our Principal Investigators are interested in talking to candidates at your institution who are planning to pursue advanced degrees and/or attend medical school and are majoring in the basic sciences. We are seeking high achieving students looking for an opportunity to gain experience working in translational research to facilitate their growth in this exciting field of science.  

    Students in our Summer Research Internship Program are provided one-on-one mentorship in a lab, and as part of our program can expect to:

    • Choose a mentor scientist working in their area of interest, or explore a new area of study to broaden their area of expertise. 
    • Perform a variety of data collection and analysis in a research setting with hands on guidance and training.
    • Experience and learn in a collaborative research environment under the guidance of their mentor and alongside their peers.
    • Develop new techniques, gain new insights into the laboratory environment and learn how to communicate scientific findings as they prepare for a career in research/science.
    • A high percentage of students that participate in our program come from top-ranked schools. Many stay on during the school year or return the following summer to continue their research.  

    Any student interested in applying should send their resume to my assistant, Kale Bandy, at bandyk@ccf.org, and he will connect them to interested investigators. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate e-mail me at Stappet@ccf.org.

  • Psych Job & Internship Opportunities

Jobs

  • Open CRC Positions at the Massachusetts General Hospital

    Posted: March 15, 2022

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    We are looking for people to fill two Clinical Research Coordinator positions in the Laboratory for Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation at the Massachusetts General Hospital One position is more specialized toward computational tasks whereas the other is more clinically oriented, both under the supervision of Dr. Joan Camprodon.

    Technical/Computation Focus

    Clinical Focus

    Please note that this is not associated with academic credit, it is a full-time research position.

  • Psych Job & Internship Opportunities
  • RA in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Temple Univ.

    Posted: November 15, 2021

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    Gayle DeDe, PhD, CCC-SLP is seeking a full- time research assistant to work on a multi-site, NIH-funded project about treatment for people with aphasia. The RA will work in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University. Responsibilities include coordination with other project sites, recruitment and testing of participants, transcription and coding of discourse and conversation samples, and evaluating treatment fidelity. Additional responsibilities include activities that ensure the smooth operation of the lab, including maintaining and updating IRB protocols, ordering supplies, preparation of testing/treatment rooms and materials, overseeing petty cash for participant reimbursement, photocopying, computer searches for research resources and other appropriate duties, as assigned. The research assistant will attend lab meetings and take minutes for the meetings.  Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Essential Functions: Coordination with other project sites; Recruitment and testing of participants; Collecting, transcribing, and coding data; Ensure smooth operation of the lab, including maintaining and updating IRB protocols, ordering supplies, preparation of testing/treatment rooms and materials, overseeing petty cash for participant reimbursement, photocopying, computer searches for research resources and other appropriate duties, as assigned. The research assistant will attend lab meetings and take minutes for the meetings.

    Required Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive science, Neuroscience, or a related field.  At least six months of related research experience in Communication Sciences and Disorders and experience working with people with aphasia are preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Candidates who plan to work at least two years in this position are preferred.

    Required Skills & Abilities:

    • Knowledge of and interest in neurogenic communication disorders treatment and research.
    • Ability to work in a team environment with strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to work independently as needed.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word processing, Excel, power point and willingness to learn other programs (e.g., REDCap) for implementation of study protocols.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse populations of research participants, students, faculty, staff, and health care providers.
    • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and planning.

    Interested applicants should send a CV, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), three references, and a cover letter to Gayle DeDe at gayle.dede@temple.edu.

    Complete Job Posting Found Here

  • Data Specialist for CogSci/CompSci @ JHU

    Posted: October 14, 2021

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    Researchers in Computer Science and Cognitive Science are looking for students to provide annotation of various kinds of examples for the purposes of training AI systems. All work is performed online through interaction with web pages, on your own schedule, from home. Examples to be judged may be text-based or images. For example, when presented with a paragraph of text from an English newspaper, can you identify the spans of text that are descriptions of events involving being being sick in a pandemic. Or given an image, can you verify that a certain region of that image refers to a truck, and that it is in the process of being driven by someone. Different projects may be available throughout the year, with the initial project being focused on English text, as well as Russian and Spanish for those that are speakers of those languages.

    The initial project requires at least 5 hours per week and optionally up to 19.99 hours per week. $15/hr.

    Those interested please respond to: Seth Ebner <sebner1@jhu.edu>

Research

  • Isik Lab Undergraduate RA for Summer 2022

    Posted: March 15, 2022

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    The JHU Computational Cognitive Neuroscience lab (isiklab.org) is recruiting one undergraduate research assistant for Summer 2022 to work on a project investigating brain mechanisms underlying social perception in adults with autism.

    Students should be highly motivated and have coding skills. Some neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI) experience is a plus, but not necessary.

    If interested, please email Prof. Isik (lisik@jhu.edu) with a brief description of your background and/or resume/CV. Research can be completed for pay or credit.

    We are also committed to helping students apply for future funding applications, including the PURA and KSAS research award.

  • Open CRC Positions at the Massachusetts General Hospital

    Posted: March 15, 2022

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    We are looking for people to fill two Clinical Research Coordinator positions in the Laboratory for Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation at the Massachusetts General Hospital One position is more specialized toward computational tasks whereas the other is more clinically oriented, both under the supervision of Dr. Joan Camprodon.

    Technical/Computation Focus

    Clinical Focus

    Please note that this is not associated with academic credit, it is a full-time research position.

  • Data Specialist for CogSci/CompSci @ JHU

    Posted: October 14, 2021

    (View as individual posting)

    Researchers in Computer Science and Cognitive Science are looking for students to provide annotation of various kinds of examples for the purposes of training AI systems. All work is performed online through interaction with web pages, on your own schedule, from home. Examples to be judged may be text-based or images. For example, when presented with a paragraph of text from an English newspaper, can you identify the spans of text that are descriptions of events involving being being sick in a pandemic. Or given an image, can you verify that a certain region of that image refers to a truck, and that it is in the process of being driven by someone. Different projects may be available throughout the year, with the initial project being focused on English text, as well as Russian and Spanish for those that are speakers of those languages.

    The initial project requires at least 5 hours per week and optionally up to 19.99 hours per week. $15/hr.

    Those interested please respond to: Seth Ebner <sebner1@jhu.edu>

  • RAships in Cognitive Science at JHU

    Posted: October 12, 2021

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    The Cognitive Science department at Johns Hopkins is committed to an inclusive environment where undergraduate students can receive research experience to explore careers in Cognitive Science. There are opportunities available to perform research for credit, as well as grants available to support research as a paid job. Many professors are actively seeking research assistants. Sometimes opportunities may be posted on this webpage, a lab site, or on ForagerOne. Even if a faculty of interest has not actively posted about an RA position, students are encouraged to contact them to inquire about potential research positions. HOUR provides a very helpful ‘how-to’ for this.

    Further down the road, if you enjoyed the research, consider applying to graduate school to study Cognitive Science or related topics. Pursuing a PhD is more like a job than being an undergraduate student: PhD programs often pay a full-time stipend and health benefits to support you as you take ownership of a research topic. People come to graduate school from a variety of backgrounds. Advanced degrees in Cognitive Science can lead to careers within or outside of academia. For example, some of our alumni currently work at NASA as a Technical Writer, at Apple as a Research Engineer, at various organizations as research scientists, and more. Talk to your advisor, another professor, or a graduate student for advice on applying to graduate programs.