Psychology-related Summer Opportunities for Harvard Undergraduates

Below you will find information regarding housing and research funding for Harvard studebts (both at Harvard and abroad) for the upcoming summer, along with the list of Harvard summer school courses that count for psychology credit, and information about where to find psychology-related summer opportunities. Please be aware that there may be limited funding to help pay for summer housing at Harvard. Other internships may have application deadlines that have passed or are coming up soon, so start thinking about how to spend your summer soon!  

Harvard Summer School Proctor Program – Deadline January 25, 2017: Each year Harvard Summer School hires approximately 100 Harvard University students as proctors who live in the Summer School residences. Proctors may apply for either the Secondary School Program (SSP), most of whose students live in the Yard, or the regular program, whose college-age and older students live in the Houses.

DeWolfe Housing Application – Applications will be accepted starting March 6, 2017 and will remain open until all available spaces have been assigned: 10 and 20 DeWolfe Street apartments are licensed during the summer primarily to provide housing to Harvard College students who wish to remain in Cambridge for the summer. This is not free housing - students are responsible for paying the rental cost. Apply ASAP as they fill up quickly.

RESEARCH PROGRAMS AND FUNDING AT/OFFERED BY HARVARD:(listed by due date, but asterisks are next to the funds most
commonly used by our concentrators)

STARS - Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship – Deadline is January 19, 2017: Provides underrepresented minority (URM) medical and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting basic, clinical and translational research projects during the summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Housing and stipend provided.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health (SURGH) program (2nd tab from the left) – Deadline is January 31, 2017, 5pm: 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.

Domestic & Global Health Internships (DGHI) (tab on left side) – Deadline is January 31, 2017, 5pm: 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.

Funding for non-paid, non-credit International Summer Experiences (including Weissman International Internship) – Deadline is February 8, 2017, 5pm: Funds for students who have made their own research or volunteer experience arrangements for the summer in an international setting.

Herchel Smith (2nd tab from the right) – Deadline is February 9, 2017, 5pm: 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.

**PRISE (Program for Research in Science and Engineering) (3rd tab from the right) – Deadline is February 14, 2017, 5pm: Provides Harvard College students conducting research in the sciences (including neuroscience) and engineering with housing + possible stipend + earnings requirement. Do not need to have summer plans finalized by mid-Feb but must be in the process of finding a lab position.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) (tab on right side) – Deadline is February 15, 2017 at 12pm, noon: 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.

**PRIMO (Program for Research in Markets and Organizations) (4th tab from the right)Deadline is February 22, 2017, 5pm: This is a 10-week program jointly sponsored with the Harvard Business School that provides room, partial board, and a small stipend to work on an established project. Although many of the projects don't have strong psychology connections, a few of the projects are more directly related through a focus on behavioral economics.

**BLISS (Behavioral Laboratory in the Social Sciences) (3rd tab from the left) – Deadline is February 22, 2017, 5pm: 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.

**MBB Summer Thesis Awards – Deadline is March 24, 2017 to declare interest via email and March 29, 2017 to apply: Thesis students in the MBB track working on research over the summer should apply to this in addition to HCRP. Please see webpage for specific application instructions.

**Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) (2nd tab from the left) – Deadline is March 29, 2017 12pm, noon (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 application deadline for spring 2017 is February 1, 2017 at 12pm, noon (spring).]

**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 SEO 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, and faculty, rather than students, apply for the funding.



Harvard Summer School courses in Cambridge will be online in January; registration opens mid-March. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.
Please note that only certain psychology courses from the summer school can count toward the psychology concentration. The list of approved psychology courses for Summer 2017 will be updated in January.

Harvard Summer School Abroad - Due January 26, 2017:

Courses in the Trento, Italy program can all be counted as departmental advanced courses:
--MBB S-100, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Magic and the Mind
--MBB S-101, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Windows into the Structure of the Mind and Brain

The following courses can count as non-departmental advanced courses (one-half course each):
--Kisumu, Kenya: AAAS S-181s, Innovation Health Transformations in Africa
--Oxford, England: BIOL S-113, Darwin and Contemporary Evolutionary Biology
--Tokyo, Japan (RIKEN): BIOL S-141d, Exploring and Emulating the Brain
--Kyoto, Japan: EALC S-29, Inequality and Society in Contemporary Japan
--Paris, France: BIOS S-190, Biology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development

Apply for Harvard credit for pre-approved Non-Harvard Summer Abroad ProgramsDue February 8, 2017 at 5pm for students needing funding, April 1, 2017 if not applying for funding: These programs are preapproved by Harvard, and are posted through the Office of International Education. You will need to apply to the program itself by their application deadline, as well as apply to Harvard for credit. Click here for more information on the application process. For coursework related to psychology, we recommend the Sussex University program in the UK and the Danish Institute for Study (coursework is conducted in English). You’ll need Laura Chivers to sign off as the adviser on your Harvard credit application – email her to set up a meeting by February 6 if you need to apply for funding.

Non-Harvard Summer Study Abroad Funding – Deadline is February 8, 2017 by 5pm


Psychology Undergraduate Website, Summer Opportunities: We post all the summer opportunities we here about at this page. Be sure to check them out often! We don't ask our labs to send us lab openings for the summer, so also feel free to email labs directly to inquire about openings. Info about how to do that can be found here under section II. You can email our research advisor Danielle Truxaw ( for information about finding a psychology-related lab

Life Science-related Summer Research Opportunities for Harvard Students: The Life Sciences department offers listings both at and away from Harvard, as well as funding opportunities.

Harvard Office of Career Services (OCS): OCS receives many internship postings. Many summer internship deadlines have already passed or are quickly approaching, so start looking now! OCS can also help you work on resumes and cover letters.

Office for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF): URAF offers daily drop-in advising hours about Harvard research opportunities. Their website provides a comprehensive list of the Harvard College-sponsored research programs available.

Look for opportunities on your own: You can also just look for hospitals, clinics, and universities in your area to see if people are doing things you find interesting, and then contact them to see if they might have any opportunities available for undergraduate students over the summer. This is the most common way students find summer opportunities.

As always, you can make an appointment with one of us in the Undergraduate Office any time by emailing us directly or you can email Danielle Truxaw is especially helpful to speak with regarding finding a research lab, and Laura Chivers can begin to direct you to non-credit summer abroad opprtunities in addition to study abroad programs.


Happy summer planning!