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The Cognitive Health in Ageing research group at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry is offering up to two Undergraduate Research Internships to be undertaken over an 8-week period this summer. This an ideal opportunity for undergraduate students interested in research to gain hands-on experience and develop their potential. Successful applicants will be reimbursed £180 a week for the duration of the internship. Applicants must be currently studying for their undergraduate degree in psychology, and be able to work for an eight week period during the summer (between June and October, 2014) in Oxford.

Undergraduate research internships 2014

Undergraduate Research Internships 2014

The Cognitive Health in Ageing (CHA) research group in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford is offering up to two Undergraduate Research Internships to be undertaken over an 8-week period this summer.  We are currently running a number of research projects and we are looking for some enthusiastic, hard working students with an interest in clinically-relevant psychological research to come and be involved this summer.

Cognitive Health in Ageing

This is a program of research designed to understand the cognitive impairments associated with ageing.  We are running studies looking at how selective attention, working memory and emotional processing are altered with age.  We are using this information to inform the development of cognitive interventions to improve cognition in older adults.  Summer interns will gain experience of lots of different aspects of research, including task development, participant recruitment, cognitive assessments, neuroimaging and data analysis.  The research has clear and direct clinical relevance and we will ultimately be translating successful interventions into populations with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for up to two current psychology undergraduates to spend 8 weeks with us over the summer contributing to these projects.  Ideally, you would be available for a block of eight consecutive weeks (although we could be flexible about this if you, for example, had a one week holiday already booked) during June, July, August and September 2014. 

Essential skills for these internships include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for interacting with other members of the project team and research participants
  • Excellent writing and presenting skills
  • Time/project management skills
  • Ability for independent thought and initiative in progressing research
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work creatively and diligently
  • Data analysis skills, including good working knowledge of excel and SPSS

Successful applicants will be reimbursed £180 a week for the duration of the internship.

Final year undergraduates are welcome to apply, although they should be aware that they may have to pay tax if they are not a current student.  

Application process

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Dr Susannah Murphy at susannah.murphy@psych.ox.ac.uk.  Please include in your application the dates that you are available over the summer. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 11th April at midday.