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Internships

The Laboratory for Visual Learning welcomes the involvement of young people seeking research experience as interns in our labs. Those interested in research careers in astrophysics, science, medicine, psychology, computers, and education are especially encouraged to apply.

Though learning differences, such as dyslexia, have been studied for over 100 years, the neurological mechanism responsible for these differences remain a mystery.  The LVL believes that the key to breakthroughs in these fields is to ensure that those who have first-hand knowledge of these differences are intimately involved in the research.  We therefore strongly encourage candidates who can bring such experience to their work.

Interns at LVL become familiar with neuroscience research methods such as Event Related Potential (ERP).

Interns at LVL become familiar with neuroscience research methods such as Event Related Potential (ERP). Photo by Erin D’Agostino.

Interns in the Laboratory are expected to work side-by-side with professional researchers and advanced graduate students as equals in the lab, to carry out experiments, work with research participants, track and analyze data, create and manage education programs, participate in grant and paper writing, etc., depending on skills and interests.  In some instances, interns may be given opportunities to serve as co-authors on published papers, or give talks or poster sessions at professional meetings. Except in rare circumstances internships are unpaid.  Interns who perform well can count on letters of reference they can use to further their subsequent careers.

Active Areas of Research

  • Neurological underpinnings of dyslexia.
  • Applications and development of technology to support those with learning differences.
  • Talents in dyslexia.
  • Attention deficits and their relationships to dyslexia.
  • Development of new instructional strategies to support learning differences.
  • Dyslexia awareness, outreach, and support.

Application

Internships at LVL are highly competitive.  Interns at LVL are expected to comport themselves as professional research scientists and/or educators, and are given a great deal of autonomy and trust.  Therefore, evidence of personal integrity, as well as a strong commitment to the research goals of the LVL, is paramount for selection.  Strong personal recommendations from those with ties to our organization are helpful.

Applications are accepted from undergraduates enrolled in degree programs, graduate students, and others who may be working professionals.  In rare instances we may also accept pre-college applicants.

We accept applications at any time.  Simply send a bio, CV, or resume, along with a brief statement of interest to the Laboratory Director, Dr. Matthew H. Schneps at mschneps@labvislearn.org.  If after an initial exchange, it is determined that further application is warranted, applicants will be asked to provide the following information.

  • An essay or oral statement describing the reasons for their interest in this opportunity (no more than 500 words).
  • Contact of information of 3 people who can serve as references.
  • A list of your talents and skills.
  • Timetable for availability.
  • An estimate of the number of hours able to commit.

If accepted into the program, interns will be expected to do the following.

  • Commit to a minimum number of hours and a definite term of service.
  • Pass CITI courses in ethics in research.
  • Become certified in human subjects research.
  • Pass course on rules of conduct for use of SAO internet and computers.