The UW-Madison Math Education Learning and Development (MELD) Lab is now accepting applications for our paid 2020 Summer Internship for traditionally underrepresented students. Under the direction of Percival Matthews, Summer interns will receive mentorship by faculty and graduate students and will learn all aspects of cognitive development research.

Because projects are at various stages of completion (from pre-design to post-data collection), interns will be able to be involved with a wide range of activities over the course of the internship. Activities may include developing new project ideas, designing new experiments, recruiting participants, running existing experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results. Interns also participate in guided readings of psychological 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 Educational Sciences Building. 

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the research being conducted, a strong work ethic, and an excellent academic record. Interns will often be in contact with children and their parents, and as such must be mature, articulate, and comfortable communicating with others. Desirable background experience includes coursework in developmental and/or experimental psychology, computer skills, an ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment, and previous research experience.

The 2020 Summer Internship will run full-time (40 hours per week), and you may apply for two separate iterations of the program:
–       A 10 week version, run in conjunction with the UW-Madison School of Education’s Summer Education Research Program (runs June 15 – August 21)
–       A 6 week version (runs June 15 – July 24)

Note that we may potentially allow some flexibility around the starting and ending dates. Summer stipends will be available for up to  two excellent applicants to either version. Applicants selected for the 10-week version will also have housing and health care covered by the internship. To be fully considered for the internship, ALL application materials must be received by February 15, 2020.

Applications for both the 6-week and 10-week versions are to be submitted via the same SERP link:

Both require that you complete five tasks:

• Applicant Information & Education Form

• Program(s) Selection

• Essay Form

• Transcripts Upload

• Request Recommendations

NOTE: The application is initially routed to a separate review board. To ensure your application is routed to the MELD lab, be sure that in the required essay you explicitly refer to your interest in working with Percival Matthews’ MELD lab and speak to your
Any additional inquiries can be sent to the MELD Lab Manager, Allison Monday, at " >.