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Collections Management and Digitization of Bamboo Collection Internship




The Department of Botany manages the U.S. National Herbarium at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.  This collection contains 5 million botanical specimens that are important for a variety of research and scientific interests.  Bamboo is the largest member of the grass family, Poaceae, and its uses are as varied as its morphology.  The bulky bamboo is an important part of this collection. Recently rehoused and only partially inventoried, the bulky bamboo needs an updated and complete inventory.  Explore the diversity of the Bambusoideae subfamily, and help to update the data of this important collection.

Internship Tasks Include:

  • Inventorying the bamboo collection by updating existing EMu records as needed and creating new ones.
  • Entering and updating collection locations in EMu.
  • Creating relationships between pressed and bulky bamboo specimen records in EMu.
  • Identifying and recording conservation needs of bulky bamboo collection.

QUALIFICATIONS: An interest in natural history collections, preferably botanical specimens.   Knowledge of Microsoft Excel.  Keen attention to detail.  Ability to safely handle large, fragile specimens.


  • Collections management procedures for non-traditional bulky collections.
  • Information management through use of our database of record, EMu.
  • Standard operations in the U.S. National Herbarium.

TIMETABLE: We are looking for an intern(s) who can commit to 8 – 12 weeks for at least 24 hours a week.


Name: Laura Tancredi

Phone: 202-633-0936

E-mail: tancredil@si.edu