Interested in gaining research experience?


Fall and Spring Opportunities 


For Boston College undergraduate students


As a research assistant (RA), responsibilities include participant recruitment, help running studies both in the lab and potentially outdoor spaces, debriefing parents, data entry and video coding. Additionally, RAs will be involved in an informal reading and research group and will gain hands-on experience working with data. Research assistants will work closely with other team members and will be supervised by the Cooperation Lab’s director and lab coordinator.


Volunteer RA

Anyone motivated and genuinely interested scholar is welcome to volunteer as an RA. We ask that you are able to commit at least 8 hours or more.

Earn credit as an RA

This is for Boston College students during Fall and Spring semesters. Please provide proper documentations to earn credit.

Please email for application information.



Summer Internship Programs

For undergraduate students from other institutions

Summer Internship Program

Each summer, we have a competitive full time volunteer research internship that is open to students from Boston College and other institutions. 

The Cooperation Lab at Boston College directed by Katherine McAuliffe is seeking motivated, reliable and enthusiastic summer research assistants who would like to gain experience with research in social cognitive development. Research in the lab focuses on the development of cooperative abilities in children, with a particular focus on how children develop a sense of fairness.

 Internship Description 

Students will gain hands-on experience in recruiting participants, collecting, organizing and coding data as well as debriefing families about the research. In addition, research assistants will attend weekly lab meetings with other undergraduates, post-doctoral fellows, the principal investigator, and lab manager to discuss ongoing and key research in the field of psychology. 

 Eligibility and requirements 

Research assistants are asked to commit approximately 35 - 40 hours per week to research in the lab and should be open to the possibility of testing outdoors and on weekends. The tentative start date for positions is as early as May 27th and as late as June 3rd. Positions will last for 10-11 weeks. These are unpaid positions so students are encouraged to seek funding from outside sources and/or their home institutions.

 Anyone is welcome to apply. To do so, please complete the application linked below and send a CV or resume to with the subject line “Summer 2019 Research Assistant Application”. There is no deadline for submission but we are eager to find motivated assistants as soon as possible and so we'll review applications as they come in.



Other Opportunities 


Undergraduate Funding

Follow the link below to learn more about the scholarships, fellowships, and grants that Boston College offers undergraduates pursuing degrees in several academic fields.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Boston College offers funding to undergraduates with academic  promise and the opportunity to immerse themselves in research guided by a faculty advisor. 


MCAS Dean’s Office Conference Travel Reimbursement

Students can be reimbursed up to $250 for presenting their work at an academic conference.  See contact information below.

Joyce Mannix

Assoc. Director, HR and Administration

Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Boston College

T:617-552-2189  F:617-552-0625



Legacy Grants

Made possible by BC seniors and University Trustee Drake Behrakis '86, Legacy Grants are used to fund creative and innovative BC student projects that impact the lives of others. Projects that are funded by Legacy Grants inspire change, serve others, and exemplify what it means to be "men and women for others."