Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- I am a graduate student, can I apply to this internship?
- Do I have to be a psychology major in order to be placed into a laboratory?
- How long should I be prepared to spend on this internship?
- How many hours am I expected to work per semester?
- What is required if taking this class as an independent study course (i.e. for credit)?
- If I want to work in a laboratory, do I HAVE to take this as an independent study course (i.e. for credit)?
- Can I do research work outside of Hunter?
- Which independent study should I sign up for?
- Who are the mentors from the psychology department?
- What is the correct way of approaching a mentor?
- How to find a mentor's research articles
CV Making-Related Questions
- What is a Resume?
- What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
- What are the differences between a Resume and a CV?
- Do I need a Resume or a CV when applying for Lab Placement?
- I don't know how to make a CV or a Resume for my application, where can I get help?
- After I have made my CV, can someone review it for me?
No, unfortunately we are not accepting graduate students on the program at this time.
No, we are accepting any science major or minor. However, if you are taking this to fulfill PSYCH 395, you must be a psychology major.
The time will be determined by your mentor and you.
- For PSYCH 201: a minimum of 100 hours
- For PSYCH 395, 396/398: a minimum of 126 hours
In short, you are expected to work 6 to 10 hours per week.
At the end of the project, you will be expected to write a paper. The length and the topic should be discussed with your mentor. Also, you are required to sign a contract in which you and your mentor promise to fulfill the course expectations. You may also be required to attend to laboratory meetings.
No, you do not have to take this for credit; you may simply work in someone's laboratory without receiving course credit.
Yes, you can do this. However, if you want to earn credit, you must find a Hunter sponsor. (Speak to the Placement Advisor to help you find a sponsor.)
- If you have taken 250 (Experimental Psychology), you need to take PSYCH 395 (Independent Research).
- If you have not taken Experimental Psych, then you should take PSYCH 201 (Independent Study).
- For honors, take PSYCH 396/398.
Mentors and Interview Process-Related Questions
Each member of our faculty is a mentor. Click here for the list of our mentors.
Before you apply for a specific lab:
- Know what is the mentor's field of interest and what kind of research he/she does.
- Read their full faculty biography and the articles they have written. Mentors want to know if you understand and are interested in learning what he/she does.
During the interview:
- Make a great impression on your potential mentor: Show that you have aptitude and explain why you are interested in working in his/her laboratory.
Keep in mind:
- Do not expect the mentors to do the work for you, they will help you, but it is your responsibility to work and learn, and get the experience you need from them.
- Remember that your mentor will be writing recommendation letters for you.
- Your mentor is the person that is going to guide you on your laboratory work, therefore you need to be respectful and refer to them accordingly.
When addressing your mentors:
- Address them by their appropriate title. (Most likely Professor or Dr. )
- Be very formal when writing e-mails or letters.
- Check spelling and grammar several times before you send him/her e-mails.
- Be precise and write no more than what is necessary.
Remember: Mentors have full schedules and may not get back to you immediately. You may want to write a follow up e-mail if too much time has passed.
You can find them on any of these sites:
A resume is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments and work experience. (Career Development Services definition)
A Curriculum Vitae is a brief account of a person's education, qualifications, and previous occupations. It is a Latin phrase meaning 'course of life.' (Oxford dictionary definition)
The differences between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae are:
- A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience, while a CV is a more detailed and extended summary of your academic and work background.
- A resume is mainly used for job applications, while a CV is mostly used for academic purposes.
- A CV is more specific to educational background, and is the most proper way to present yourself when applying for educational or research positions.
You definitely need a CV.
Career Development Services has some very helpful links that can guide you step by step during your resume making process:
Yes, the Career Development Services office has counselors that can review your CV. They are located in Hunter's East Building, Room 805.
Career Development Services Contact:
Office hours: Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm