Erikson Institute

Research Internship

The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center Summer Research Internship Program.

For a number of years, the Erikson Institute has offered an opportunity for undergraduate students to take part in a summer Research Internship Program. The focus of the internship is on research related to psychodynamic constructs. Start/end dates are negotiable to accommodate the applicant’s scholastic schedule. Weekly hours worked are flexible and can be determined per the applicant's availability. 

Research Interns work on projects with members of Riggs clinical staff and under the overall supervision of the Manager of Institutional Research. Projects may include research and inventory with archival medical materials; literature searches; writing scientific/medical research summaries; and data analysis. Interns may chose to work on several research projects or to commit to a single study. Interns may also be invited to present findings at professional meetings that encourage student involvement. 

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Summer 2016 Research Internship Opportunity 

The 2015 Summer Research Internship Program is now closed to applications.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Summer Research Internship Program. See ‘How to Apply’ below. More information on the 2016 Program will be posted here in fall 2015.  

From time to time opportunities for Internships outside of the summer months may arise. If you are interested please contact Dr. Kim Hunter-Schaedle (see below).

Duration: The weekly hours to be worked, and the start/end dates of the Internship, are negotiable per the applicant’s availability and scholastic schedule.

Eligibility:  Pre-medical, psychology or neuroscience focus preferred, but other applicants welcome. 

Terms:  Research Internships are unpaid. No stipend, accommodation or housing is provided. Students should have access to transportation during the internship.

Anticipated Benefits:  Gaining insight into how medical research projects are conducted, the processes of medical research administration, and into daily life and operations at a world-class psychiatric hospital.

How to Apply: Download the Internship Application Form (see below) and submit with supporting materials as outlined in the form to Tamara Cloutier, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main St., Box 962, Stockbridge, MA, 01262, [413] 931.5301. Applications for the 2016 summer internship are due by February 28, 2016. 


  1. The Austen Riggs Center is a working residential psychiatric hospital. The Intern’s interface with this aspect of Riggs will be limited to that directly related to research duties, but the Intern will be expected to respect the privacy of the patient community and clinical operations. 
  2. Research Interns will undergo background screening prior to employment, and will be required to sign a Data Sharing Agreement for the purposes of working with sensitive clinical material. 
  3. From time to time, opportunities for Internships outside of the summer months may arise. 

Specific Questions About Intern Research Projects? Contact Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD, Manager of Institutional Research, the Austen Riggs Center: