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Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Child Development Lab offers several undergraduate research assistantships each semester. We are always looking for enthusiastic, responsible, clever students who enjoy working with children and their parents. Research Assistants work closely with Dr. Berger by registering for Independent Study for two semesters. Previous RAs in Dr. Berger’s lab have received funding to do their research, have presented their work at professional and undergraduate research conferences, and have even co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles. Read more about undergraduate research in the Child Development Lab.

Are you interested in becoming an undergraduate research assistant for the Child Development Lab? If you would like to participate in an information session to learn more about research opportunities for undergraduates in the Child Development Lab, please send your resume to with "Independent Study" in the subject line.

Paid Summer Undergraduate Research Internships

The Child Development Lab at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, directed by Dr. Sarah Berger, just hosted undergraduate research assistants for PAID NSF-funded internships during Summer 2020.
Students worked on a program of research investigating the role of sleep in infants’ locomotor problem-solving, how parents teach infants how to navigate stairs, and the intersection between motor development and sleep. Students learned to code infant behavior from video and run research studies online. 

Stay tuned for our paid summer research internship for 2021!

Opportunities include:

  • Hands-on experience running data collections;
  • Working directly with families (due to COVID-19, research is online until further notice);
  • Learning data collection, coding, and analysis technologies;
  • Collaborating with fantastic undergraduate and graduate students!
  • Spending the summer in New York City!!!


  • Students should be current undergraduates
  • Preference will be given to those who have experience working with children
  • Students from underrepresented groups in graduate studies are strongly encouraged to apply