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CSLI Summer Internship Program 2021

NSF REU Site: Language, Cognition and Computation

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 in 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; the following PIs and labs participated last year (see links to learn more about the research conducted in these labs):

Confirmed Mentors for Summer 2021

Previous CSLI Mentors


  • Internship date for Summer 2021: June 21- Aug 13, 2021
  • The program is 8 weeks. Students should plan to be available for the entirety of the summer program in order to attend training sessions at the beginning of the program and final presentations at the end.
  • In general, interns are expected to be working full-time, 40 hours/week, from 9AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday.
  • Other details (e.g., whether the internship will be remote or in-person) will be determined in March 2021.


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. Psychology, Linguistics, Symbolic 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.


For the 2021 summer, it is not yet confirmed whether the internship will be remote or in person. In the case of in-person internship, Interns will receive summer room and board as well as a stipend. In the case of remote internship, interns will receive a stipend that will cover for housing and other living expenses.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 Summer Internship are now closed.

Decision notifications will be sent out by March 1. Check back in December 2021 for information on the next Summer Internship Program for 2022 or follow our twitter feed for updates on our interns.

For questions, please contact us at csli(dot)summer(at)gmail(dot)com

Frequently Asked Questions

The CSLI Internship Program is supported in part by the NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (Award #1950223).