The Cooperation Lab at Boston College directed by Dr. Katherine McAuliffe is seeking motivated, reliable, and enthusiastic summer research assistants for our 2020 Summer Internship. 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.
Summer RAs will gain experience with all stages of the research process, including recruiting families, collecting data, analyzing data, and discussing results. Each summer RA will be paired with a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or lab coordinator mentor for the duration of the summer, and have a main project.
In addition, RAs will attend weekly lab meetings with other undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, the principal investigator, and lab coordinators to discuss ongoing and key research in the field of psychology. Intermittent professional development and other seminars will also occur, such as data analysis workshops (e.g., R) and panels on applying to graduate school.
Eligibility and requirements
Research assistants are asked to commit approximately 35 – 40 hours per week to research in the lab and should expect to test outdoors and on weekends. The tentative start date for positions is as early as May 25th and as late as June 1st. Positions will last for 10-11 weeks. These are unpaid positions so students are encouraged to seek funding from outside sources and/or their home institutions. Our lab will gladly provide assistance to students seeking such funding.
Anyone is welcome to apply. To do so, please 1) complete our online application* 2) email a CV/Resume to with the subject line “Summer 2020 Research Assistant Application”, and 3) arrange to have one letter of recommendation (ideally from a professor, teaching assistant, or employer) emailed to with the subject line “Summer 2020 Research Assistant LOR”. Applications will be accepted until February 28th, 2020 at 5 pm. We welcome any questions at .