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Internal Opportunities: There are lab and office-related positions available at Columbia University and the information below can help guide you to the appropriate resource:

  1. Check the Research Labs page to see if there is a specific lab or office where you would like to apply.
  2. Inquires should be addressed to individual faculty members whose research areas are of particular interest to you.
  3. Inquiries from Columbia undergraduates regarding work-study positions can be directed to the or directly to faculty
  4. You must be a Columbia student eligible for Federal Work Study in order to be hired for work-study positions but you do not have to be a Psychology major to apply for work-study positions in the Psychology Department.
  5. Applicants please make sure to supply the following information:
    • Name
    • Expected graduation date
    • School/Major
    • Skills offered
    • References
    • Faculty member name whose research is of interest to you
    • Available hours
    • Areas of interest within psychology
External Opportunities: Are sent directly to our faculty members who will circulate the opportunity at their discretion. Electronic submission to of a printable advertisement flyer (see example) which can be posted on a campus bulletin board is also acceptable. If your company offers frequent Psychology-related internships, please contact us so we can add your company name and contact information to the alphabetical lists on our Internships links.

Research Assistant Positions


Research Assistant, NEED Lab Columbia University Medical Center

Research Assistant needed to administer cognitive tasks to infant and adult research participants, run EEG scans, perform database entries, and code data. Training will be provided on all tasks and responsibilities - great position for anyone looking for research experience (5-10 hours per week). All training and field work completed on the Columbia University medical campus (168th street). Must be fluent in Spanish and have some experience working with children. If interested, please contact Dr. Natalie Brito at nhb2111@columbia.edu.


Research Assistant, NEED Lab Columbia University Medical Center

  • Full-time research assistant to begin summer or fall of 2013.
  • The lab focuses on the study of socioeconomic disparities in children’s cognitive and neural development.
  • BA or BS in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field.
  • For more information, click here.

Research Assistant, CARING Prescool Program- Mailman School of Public Health

  • Part-time (20hrs. week) to participate in the evaluation of the CARING preschool program.
  • Candidates should be graduate students in psychology, education or related field (Ph.D. students preferred).
  • Candidates must be bilingual Spanish.
  • For more information, click here.

Research Assistant, Getting Ready for School- Mailman School of Public Health

  • 20 hour per week paid Research Assistant Position.
  • RA will provide research support for all project activities.
  • RA will be a graduate student (preferably doctoral level) in Psychology, Education, Social Work, Public Health or Social Sciences related field.
  • Bilingual Spanish (fluency) a must.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including basic statistics and the use of software like SPSS or STATA.
  • For more information, click here.

Lab Coordinator, Columbia Business School Management Department

  • This administrative position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience with business and psychology research.  
  • Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of research experience required for this two year position.
  • For further information about applying, click here.

Internship and Volunteer Positions


Columbia Addiction Services and Psychotherapy Interventions Research (CASPIR)

  • CASPIR is currently seeking interns for the summer of 2013. Each intern’s work will primarily consist of conducting literature searches and creating summary reports, data entry and cleaning, and coding therapy video sessions. Interns will also attend our research meetings, therapy supervision and our weekly seminar. Finally, interns will be responsible for writing a paper on a specific topic during the final month of the internship.
  • We are looking for 2 interested undergraduates who can commit to at least 21 hours a week for 8 weeks (mid-June to mid-August). This is an unpaid internship.
  • For more information, click here.
  • Contact Fred Muench, Ph.D. at fm2148@columbia.edu.
Posted on April 3, 2013

Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Volunteer assistants for a study examining the effects of extensive practice on affected hand and arm use and brain plasticity in children with hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy
  • Recruiting undergraduate students interested in volunteering or gaining research experience
  • For more information, click here.
  • Contact Claudio at 212-678-3332 or cpresearch@tc.columbia.edu.
Posted on March 13, 2012

Columbia Technology Ventures Paid Internship

  • Fellows Program at Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) offers interns the unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience with university technology transfer and technology commercialization.
  • The Fellows Program is open to all Columbia graduate students.
  • Application deasline is March 20, 2013
  • For more information, click here.
Posted on February 25, 2012

Research Assistant, Columbia Business School- Morris Lab

  • Ability to read and translate Turkish to English.
  • RAs can gain research knowledge and experience by attending a lab meetings, working with DATA, and more.
  • Applicants can email CV, research interests, and availability to Jaee Cho, jc3523@columbia.edu.
Posted on February 8, 2012

Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute/Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group, Unpaid Internship:

  • The internship program will entail working on multiple aspects of our ongoing research projects, including recruitment, interviews and data collection, maintenance of research data and administrative support.
  • The internship position also provides an opportunity to become involved in other research projects in CPEG, with the potential to collaborate on scholarly work.
  • Please email your resume and availability to
    • Ms. Thao Doan at doant@nyspi.columbia.edu
    • Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group
      Fax: 212-781-6050
      Columbia University-NYSPI
      Department of Child Psychiatry
      1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 43
      Room 5219
      New York, NY 10032
Posted on September 27, 2012

Volunteer Research Position in Neuropsychology, Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

  • Dr. Marla Hamberger at the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is currently seeking a motivated, dependable Columbia student to aid in neuropsychological testing and data collection  for an ongoing project investigating language in epilepsy
  • Volunteer is responsible for recruiting subjects, administering neuropsychological tests to children and adults, and assisting with large database management
  • The position requires close attention to detail, good organizational abilities, and strong interpersonal skills
  • A minimum time commitment of two days per week (including one weekend day) for one year is necessary for consideration     
  • Opportunities are available to attend lectures, neuropsychology meetings, grand rounds and surgical case conferences
  • Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV/Resume, and two letters of recommendation to:

    Marla J. Hamberger, Ph.D., Director of Neuropsychology
    Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
    710 West 168th Street, Box 100New York, NY 10032
    e-mail:
    Tel: 212.305.1742
    Fax: 212.305.1450
Posted on February 15, 2012


Miscellaneous Positions


Columbia Technology Ventures Fellows Program
  • Columbia Technology Ventures is now accepting applications for the Fall 2012 recruiting.
  • Graduate students seeking degrees in clinical, scientific, engineering, and business disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Application Deadline is October 5, 2012.
  • For more information, click here.

Nightline Barnard-Columbia Peer Counseling Referrals

  • Nightline is Columbia and Barnard's anonymous, nonjudgmental peer counseling hotline available to help get students through the night. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/nightline/index.html.
  • Nightline supports its callers by providing both a listening and referral service.
  • Nightline counselors are trained Barnard and Columbia undergraduate students.
  • Information sessions for training are held at the beginning of each semester.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering for Nightline should contact Nightline directors at .

Work-Study Positions 2013-2014 

Currently Enrolled Columbia Students with a Federal Work Study Grant May Apply

Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Psychology Department, The Earth Institute

  • CRED is looking for a psychology FWS student to work as a general RA across multiple CRED projects
  • Tasks will include but will not be limited to literature reviews, data pre-processing, running studies, manuscript editing, etc.
  • Previous research experience is ideal but not required
  • The workload for this position may vary from 5-15 hours per week (depending on demands of our projects and your availability)
  • To apply, submit an application here

Prof. Don Hood, Psychology Department

  • 2 Work-study positions, 5-15 hours per week, flexible hours

  • Job description: Flexible position including a variety of tasks in a laboratory focusing on diseases of the retina/eye. Tasks involve inputting, collecting and analyzing data. Some programming experience, especially with Matlab, is highly desirable.

  • Contact: Prof. Hood, dch3@columbia.edu

Mobbs Lab, Psychology Department

  • Fear, Anxiety and Biosocial Behavioral Lab
  • PI: Professor Dean Mobbs
  • The lab employs brain imaging (e.g. fMRI) and behavioral techniques to examine the neurobiological systems that coordinate fear in humans.
  • The lab needs students who have excellent programming skills, particularly in Matlab and gaming.
  • The lab employs brain imaging (e.g. fMRI) and behavioral techniques to examine the neurobiological systems that coordinate fear in humans and aim to create ecologically valid games to examine active fear system in the human brain (e.g. Mobbs et al., Science. 2007).
  • The lab also has connections with (the gaming) industry, and there is potential to work along with a startup company run by our collaborator Dr. Demis Hassabis in London, UK
  • There are two positions available (10 hrs/week each)
  • Contact: Ellen Reynolds, MobbsLab@gmail.com

The Learning Lab, Psychology Department

  • 1 position available (10 hrs/week)
  • PI: Daphna Shohamy
  • Cognitive neuroscience lab investigating how the brain supports learning, memory and decision making in humans.
  • We adopt an integrative approach that draws broadly on neuroscience to make predictions about cognition, and combine functional brain imaging (fMRI) with behavioral, pharmacological and patient studies.
  • Contact: Nina Rouhani, nr2140@columbia.edu

Terrace Lab, Psychology Department

  • I require the assistance of a work-study student to assist me in preparation of a book I am writing about the evolution of language. Initially, much of the work will entail setting up a bibliographic database for the references. I will also need assistance in setting up an "endnote" section at the back of the book that will provide scholarly references and elaborations of points made within the text. The work study student’s responsibilities may also include running an experiment in which human subjects will be asked to learn sequences of abstract photographs. This experiment is part of a program which shows that sequence learned by rote have little to do with the production of sentences.
  • The student should have a working knowledge of using a Mac computer and familiarity with programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Contact: Prof. Herb Terrace, hst1@columbia.edu