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CSLI Summer Internship Program 2015

About the Program

Interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project. They will gain experience developing the project, collecting data, and analyzing the results. In addition to their individual projects, interns will attend a weekly seminar with such topics as reading a scientific paper, introduction to the R data analysis platform, statistics and visualization, and presentation skills. The program will culminate with each intern presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience.

The topical focus of the program will be on language, learning, computation, and cognition, with an emphasis on giving students the technical skills they need to complete an independent project. Mentors will be from different departments across Stanford including the following PIs and labs (see links to learn more about the research conducted in these labs):


  • The program is 8 weeks, from 6/22/15 - 8/14/15. Students should plan to be available for the entirety of the summer program in order to attend trainings at the beginning of the program and final presentations at the end.
  • The internship should be considered a full-time position. In general, interns are expected to be in the lab 40 hours/week, from 9AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday.


This is an interdisciplinary summer program, and we encourage students from a wide range of majors to apply. Previous research experience is not required.

The program is intended for rising college Juniors and Seniors from outside Stanford University, but we will consider all applicants for the program. Stanford undergraduates who are interested in the CSLI program should apply to their department or program's summer fellowship (e.g. PsychologyLinguisticsSymbolic Systems) and speak with their research mentor about participating.

To be eligible, you must be a documented U.S. citizen, a permanent resident in possession of an alien registration card (I-555), or an international student enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate institution.


Accepted applicants will receive a $6,400 stipend . We encourage applicants to seek funding from their own institution, and we will provide a letter of support for accepted students to assist with funding applications. Interns will be responsible for their own housing/transportation. Housing in the Palo Alto area can be expensive, so please take that into consideration when applying.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2015 Summer Internship are now closed. Decision notifications will be sent out in mid-March.