Summer Opportunities

Below, we've compiled several of the opportunities Harvard has to offer for undergrads over the summer.

Departmental Research Opportunities - Summer 2020

Many of these deadlines have already passed for Summer 2020. Check back in January 2021 for Summer 2021 opportunities, or reach out to a Lab Manager to discuss opportunities for the fall!

Harvard-Wide Research Opportunities - Summer 2020

  • Summer Program for Undergraduates in Data Science (SPUDS): This ten-week summer program, co-sponsored by Harvard College and the Harvard Data Science Initiative aims to provide a formative and substantive data science research experience and to promote community, creativity, and scholarship amongst Harvard College students. SPUDS will support Fellows with interests in computer science, mathematics, and statistics, including those who are interested in data science applications across the arts, humanities, sciences and more. They also encourage projects that focus on ethical practices in data science research. (Apps. due February 18th, 2021, 12:00 PM EST)


Non-Harvard Research Opportunities - Summer 2020

These include paid grant and fellowship opportunities! Listed in order of application due date.

  • Summer of Translational Aging Research for Undergraduates (STAR U) Program at Columbia University: STAR U is a 2-month fully-funded research training program designed to encourage undergraduate students from diverse and underrepresented communities to pursue further graduate studies and careers in aging and neuroscience related research. Throughout the summer, in addition to carrying out an individualized research project alongside Columbia faculty, students engage in a range of learning and professional development opportunities and become part of a supportive learning community. (Apps. due Jan. 15, 2021)
  •  American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer InternshipACEEE seeks an intern to aid with applied psychology research in the area of human behavior and energy conservation. ACEEE will be examining questions on whether energy information in rental listings could change renters’ decision-making. The intern will be asked to conduct background literature reviews and preliminary studies in order to inform the design and implementation of a discrete choice experiment, and to assist with this project and others conducted by the Behavior and Human Dimensions program. ACEEE will publish this study in 2022 with the goal of informing landlords and policy makers of the value of home energy efficiency labeling for rental listings. ACEEE is providing the internship opportunity, but funding would need to be found through one of Harvard’s summer funding programs (they cannot accept unfunded interns). Interested students can contact Dr. Reuven Sussman, Director of the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program at ACEEE, at

Funding Opportunities - Summer 2020

Many of these deadlines have already passed for Summer 2020, but you might still be able to find opportunities outside Harvard to fund your research! Ask your Concentration Advisor for advice.

Harvard Summer School - Summer 2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SUMMER 2020: All Harvard Summer School courses have been moved online for Summer 2020.  Although Departmental policy typically prohibits students from receiving concentration credit for online summer courses, given these special circumstances, the Department will award concentration credit for the following Summer 2020 courses that have been approved by FAS faculty vote to count for Harvard College credit. Read more about this decision here.

You can always take courses at the Summer School, but please be aware that only certain courses count for concentration or secondary field credit. See this page to find out more!

Summer 2020 Courses that Counted for Introductory Course Credit ONLY...

  • PSY S-1, Introduction to Psychology (Elizabeth Phelps)

Summer 2020 Courses that Counter for Advanced Course Credit ONLY...

  • PSY S-980V, Summer Seminar: The Insanity Defense (Ellsworth Lapham Fersch)
  • PSY S-1072, The Psychology of Emotional, Behavioral, and Motivational Self-Regulation (Richard McNally)
  • PSY S-1240, Abnormal Psychology (Shelley Carson) (This can count ONLY as an Advanced Course, not as a Foundational Course, and will not count for concentration credit if you have already taken PSY 18)
  • PSY S-1410, Introduction to Psychopharmacology (Steven Raymond Boomhower) (Cannot be taken if you have already taken PSY 1201 at Harvard College)
  • PSY S-1470, Psychology of Eating (Adam Wenzel)
  • PSY S-1503, The Psychology of Close Relationships (Holly Parker) (Cannot be taken if you have already taken PSY 1503 at Harvard College)
  • PSY S-1870, Law and Psychology (Ellsworth Lapham Fersch)

Please note: The MBB Summer Abroad program in Trento, Italy will not be offered in Summer 2020.

If you're interested in taking any other Summer School courses, check out their catalog here!