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Learn about emerging research techniques, try out new fields and make valuable professional connections through summer training programs, geared for psychology undergraduate and graduate students alike. Here are a few programs to consider:

  • The Summer Institute in Political Psychology. This three-week institute sponsored by Stanford University introduces students to the study of the psychology of politics. Participants hear lectures and discuss topics such as race relations, voting and elections, international conflict, decision-making by political elites, activism and social protest. In 2009, the institute will be held July 12–31. Registration begins in January. For more information, visit the SIPP website.

  • The National Sexuality Resource Center Summer Institute. The center, located at San Francisco State University, will offer its Summer Institute on Race, Gender and Sexuality in the United States from June 22 to July 31. The program features leading scholars, community organizers, activists and advocates in the field of sexuality studies. Different tracks are geared for undergraduate students, beginning graduate students and advanced graduate students. Visit the NSRC website for more information.

  • Pace University's summer internships. The Counseling Center at Pace University's New York City campus offers summer internship positions for psychology undergrads. The internships give students the opportunity to observe the work of university counseling center psychologists. The program runs from June 3 through Aug. 14. The application deadline is Jan. 16. For more information, visit the Pace website.

  • Advanced Training Institutes. APA's Science Directorate sponsors several workshops that provide psychological scientists and graduate students with training in technology and research methodology. Past workshops have included such topics as structural equation modeling for longitudinal research and conducting research with ethnic-minority populations. For details and application deadlines, visit the ATI website.

  • APA's Summer Science Fellowships. Rising college seniors can work with top research psychologists in Washington, D.C., area laboratories for up to six weeks through this program. APA provides a stipend and covers students' travel and living expenses. For more information, visit the Summer Science Fellowship site.

—D. Schwartz