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Music Lab Internship Application (Summer '20)
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Harvard Music Lab Summer Internship 2020
At the Music Lab, we study the basic science of music in an effort to understand how and why humans produce and perceive music at all ages and across all cultures. We are recruiting research assistants in psychology/cogsci, evolutionary biology, music theory, ethnomusicology, anthropology, linguistics, and/or computer science to spend their summer with us!
Summer interns will be working on studies investigating the impact of music on infant affect and behavior, universals and cross-cultural variation in music perception and music production, people's use of music in daily life, and long-term effects of the use of music in the home on parent and infant health. Prospective interns are encouraged to read our papers at
As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work on both ongoing and new studies from design to manuscript stage. Here's a non-exhaustive list of example projects we'll be working on this summer:
1. In-lab studies exploring the degree to which music can function as a tool for parents to use when their infants are upset.
2. Crowd-sourced online studies about music categorization and perception using both traditional study pools of online workers and "citizen science" approaches.
3. Mobile app-based data collection from parents of infants and young children concerning infant/child temperament, parenting behaviors, and their relations to one another.
4. Studies examining the possibility of links between synchronous activity (music or otherwise) and cooperation, prosociality, and interpersonal affinity.
5. Expanding our diverse collection of audio recordings for the Natural History of Song project, designing and implementing online experiments using these recordings, and conducting phylogenetic analyses of the corpus.
6. Interns are encouraged to propose their own independent projects building on current research at The Music Lab, especially if these projects are amenable to online data collection.
The internship is 11 weeks long, from 1 June to 14 August 2020 and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will work 35 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work may be required. All applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home university; we will support such applications and for exceptional students, we may supplement external funding with up to a US$2,200 stipend. Depending on performance and contribution levels, co-authorship on papers is also a possibility. International students are welcome to apply.
to apply. For full consideration, please apply by 20 February 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us at
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List your academic affiliation(s) and the degree(s) you received or are pursuing.
e.g., Monsters University: B.A. in Scare Tactics (expected 2021)
Tell us about your research interests and why you'd like to join the Music Lab this summer.
What sorts of projects are most you excited about working on?
These can be projects mentioned in the posting that led you to this form, or other projects we do, or projects you'd like to do yourself in our lab.
What kinds of research opportunities are you interested in?
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Post a link to a pdf of your CV here.
List the names, affiliations, & email addresses of two academic references.
e.g., Frank Scream, Prof. of Werewolfery, Monsters University (
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