Internships

HUMAN INTERACTION LAB INTERNSHIPS

Interested in how people communicate? The Human Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University is seeking undergraduate volunteers to help us study the cognitive architecture underlying conversation. Currently, we are investigating how people fix misunderstandings, predict each others’ speech, and multitask during conversation. We also supporting senior theses. All interns must commit to at least 10 hours a week.

We are currently looking to fill two internships. To apply to either internship, fill out this application: https://forms.gle/yB3CRECeTojBz1VCA. For more information about our lab’s research, see our website: https://sites.tufts.edu/hilab/.  If you have any questions, please email julia.mertens@tufts.edu.

Conversation Analysis Internship

The goal of this internship is to analyze conversations between participants in the Human Interaction Laboratory. You will learn to transcribe and analyze the features of speech that allow people to communicate intention, emotion, etc. Further, you will learn how to use the CLAN, ELAN, and/or Praat software for phonetic analysis. This interns’ work will be used to analyze misunderstanding in conversation and to incrementally improve transcription software. This intern must be fluent in English and be able to work independently, with weekly meetings with a supervisor.

In addition to the survey above, to apply you must complete a transcription test in CLAN. Email julia.mertens@tufts.edu to request the materials for this tests. You can find the transcription program, CLAN, here: http://dali.talkbank.org/clan/. There are some tutorials on how to use CLAN online, including YouTube videos (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DblKPmtwsA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HYapL0BFIQ). As the HI Lab uses advanced transcription techniques, and this internship requires self-motivation and independence, we will only consider applicants who can use the available resources to learn the basics of the software. When complete, send your two test transcripts to julia.mertens@tufts.edu to complete your application.

Experimental Psychology Internship

The goal of this internship is collect and process data from experimental studies, and to collaborate with other laboratories at Tufts. The intern will learn to collect and analyze fNIRS, EEG, eyetracking, biophysiology, dialogue and/or behavioral data. As we will need to train the Experimental Psychology Intern on a wide variety of methodologies and techniques, they must be able to learn new methodologies quickly, commit to a fixed weekly schedule, and work well as part of a team. The data the interns collect will be used to investigate how multitasking influences conversation, how conversation influences performance on other tasks, and other questions.