Below, we've compiled several of the opportunities Harvard has to offer for undergrads over the summer. Please be aware that there is limited funding to help pay for summer housing at Harvard - so get your applications in soon!
Departmental Research Opportunities - Summer 2020
No Summer 2020 opportunities have been posted yet. Check back this winter!
Harvard-Wide Research Opportunities - Summer 2020
Listed in order of application due date.
- DGHI - Domestic & Global Health Internships (First tab in table) – Deadline is February 2, 2020, 11:59 PM: DGHI offers Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to work with nonprofits, NGOs, and other organizations on the cutting edge of global health and health policy. Some internships are field-based, while others are office-based. Sites can also be domestic or international!
- SURGH - Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health Program (Second tab in table) – Deadline is February 2, 2020, 11:59 PM: SURGH offers Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to research critical issues in global health under the direction of a Harvard faculty or affiliate mentor. The program includes housing and a stipend.
- I-SURGH - International Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health Program (Third tab in table) – Deadline is February 2, 2020, 11:59 PM: I-SURGH internships offer students the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge global health research in an international setting. Throughout the summer, students work with a Harvard faculty member or affiliate on their research projects and have a local mentor who supervises their daily work.
MMUF - Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program – Deadline is February 5, 2020, 12 PM: MMUF selects ten students in their sophomore year to join a tightly-knit research community during junior and senior years to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Fellows also attend monthly seminar meetings with this cohort to discuss the graduate school application process and the ongoing struggles inherent with research.
Non-Harvard Research Opportunities - Summer 2020
These include paid grant and fellowship opportunities! Listed in order of application due date.
- MGH's Eating Disorders Summer Research Fellowship - Application due January 15, 2020: Designed to mentor young investigators in the eating disorder field. Fellows accepted into the program complete an eight-week funded independent research project in residence at the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program from June 1 to July 24, 2020.
- Summer of Translational Aging Research for Undergraduates (STAR U) Program at Columbia University - Application due February 1, 2020: A fully-funded two-week training program designed to encourage students from diverse and underrepresented communities to pursue further studies and careers in aging and neuroscience related research at the University of Columbia.
- Johns Hopkins University's 2020 Laboratory for Child Development Summer Internship Program – Application due February 1, 2020: Under the direction of Drs. Lisa Feigenson and Justin Halberda, summer interns will receive mentorship and learn all aspects of cognitive development research. Summer stipends are available for outstanding applicants.
- Summer Internship with Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information - Application due February 1, 2020: Interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project.
- Summer 2020 Internship at Yale University's Canine Cognition Center - Application due February 29, 2020: Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs.
- Columbia Business School's 2020 Summer Research Internship – Application due March 1, 2020: This on-campus internship introduces students to the world of business research by giving them an active role on a research project in: accounting economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, or data analytics.
- Summer Research Intern in Head Injuries at the Framingham Heart Study: Interns will review charts and medical records for evidence of traumatic brain injuries, working with medical terminology and public health methodology in a professional setting.
Internships at Camp Akeela for Summer 2020: Staff will have the opportunity to work first-hand with children on the autism spectrum and see the practical applications of their studies, while providing an incredible camp experience.
Funding Opportunities - Summer 2020
** These are listed in order of application due date, but we have also starred the funds most commonly used by our concentrators for your convenience.
- APA's SUPRE Grants - Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience Grants – Application due January 15, 2020: The American Psychological Association is offering six SUPRE grants to psychology departments to provide talented undergraduates with little to no prior laboratory experience with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how scientific research is conducted. Please note that faculty members must complete this application, not students - but we encourage you to start a conversation with a faculty member about securing the APA's funding for summer work!
- Herchel Smith Award (Third tab in table) – Deadline is February 6, 2020, 12 PM: Supports undergraduates who are conducting a promising summer research project in mathematics, engineering, life, physical/natural or computer sciences. The project can be based anywhere in the world (including US), but must be affiliated with a university, lab or research enterprise and be highly substantive: at least 10-weeks in duration, full-time in commitment, and exhibiting some degree of autonomy and input by the applicant in its design and execution.
- Funding through the Office of Career Services – Deadline is February 6, 2020, 5 PM for Independent Internships and Research Assistantships (including the Weissman Internship Program) and Non-Harvard International Programs (scroll down to "International Volunteer and Research Programs" for these). These are funds for students who have made their own research or volunteer experience arrangements for the summer in an international setting.
- ** BLISS - Behavioral Laboratory in the Social Sciences (Third tab on table) – Deadline is February 11, 2020, 12 PM: This is a 10-week program that provides room, partial board, and a small stipend to work in a social science laboratory on an established project. This program is NOT meant for independent projects or thesis research. It IS a great way for students to try out working in a lab for the first time or to try out a new lab topic. Several labs are from the psychology department or work on related topics in other schools or departments.
- ** PRISE - Program for Research in Science and Engineering (Sixth tab in table) – Deadline is February 11, 2020, 12 PM: Provides Harvard College students conducting research in the sciences (including neuroscience) and engineering with housing, possible stipend, and earnings requirement. Do not need to have summer plans finalized by mid-Feb but must be in the process of finding a lab position.
- ** HCRP - Harvard College Research Program (Second tab in table) – Deadline is March 25, 2020, 12 PM (for summer): HCRP provides some funding for independent summer research. Usually pays stipend rather than research costs. Thesis students staying over the summer are strongly encouraged to apply. (HCRP also offers aid throughout the academic year - the application deadline for Spring 2020 is February 4, 2020 at 12 PM.)
** Faculty Aide Program – The program provides opportunities for undergraduates to become closely involved in the ongoing research of a Harvard faculty member. Students often become Faculty Aides by contacting professors or responding to research assistant job listings in the Student Employment Office Jobs Database. You can also ask a faculty member if they might consider applying to the Faculty Aide Program to support you this summer. This program is not appropriate for thesis or other independent research, however, and faculty - rather than students - apply for the funding.
Harvard Summer School - Summer 2020
The Harvard Summer School catalog for Summer 2020 is not yet live. Check back mid-spring semester of 2020!
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! For now, you can check out the list of Summer 2019 courses that we counted for psychology credit...
Summer 2019 Courses that Counted for Introductory Course Credit ONLY...
- PSY S-1, Introduction to Psychology (Elizabeth Phelps)
Summer 2019 Courses that Counter for Advanced Course Credit ONLY...
- Mind, Brain, and Behavior S-101, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Windows into the Structure of the Mind and Brain (Alfonso Caramazza and John Assad)
- MBB S-105, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Film (Jeffrey Zacks)
- PSY S-930V, 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-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)
In accordance with Harvard College policy, Summer School courses taken online are not eligible for concentration credit. If you are considering taking a course with an "online option", be sure to read these guidelines first.
If you're interested in taking any other Summer School courses, check out their catalog here!