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The Language-Cognition Lab Exchange Program

Internship Opportunities for Students at Two Labs at Yale and Potsdam

The Language-Cognition Lab Exchange Program builds on a long-term partnership between two labs at the Linguistics Department of Yale University and the German Department of Potsdam University:

  • Yale University: Prof. Maria Piñango, Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics
  • Potsdam University: Prof. Heike Wiese, Contemporary German Language

The program offers an opportunity for students working towards a thesis to do an internship at the partner lab via summer rotations. Under the supervision of Maria Piñango and Heike Wiese, students will be involved in research in both labs, conducting specific research projects under the umbrella of ongoing lab projects. The summer rotation allows them to combine the advantages of both locations and areas of expertise: the lab partnership brings together issues of language variation, in particular in multiethnic contexts, and language processing (Heike Wiese’s lab) with issues of sentence processing and the neurology of language (Maria Piñango’s lab). The general perspective that unites our labs is our interest in linguistic architecture and the interface between language and other cognitive domains, in particular the interface between grammatical and conceptual structures.

This is an opportunity for students who want to make the most out of their thesis experience, and are willing to work hard – and learn a lot in the process – to do so.
The exchange is supported by the Cognitive Science program and the Linguistics Department at Yale University, and by the Cognitive Science program and the German Department at Potsdam University. Internships can be used for credits.
In order to take part in the lab rotation, Yale students are required to obtain German language skills sufficient to work with German data, Potsdam students are required to have a fluent mastery of English.
There is space for up to two students at a time each summer. Students taking part in the program will receive support in applying for travel funds (e.g. with DAAD or NSF stipends).


Heike Wiese

Potsdam University


Department of German
Chair for Contemporary German Language
Am Neuen Palais 10
D-14469 Potsdam, Germany

Maria Mercedes Piñango

Yale University


Department of Linguistics, Psychology and Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program
P.O. Box 208366
New Haven CT 06520