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National Museum of Natural History Internship Opportunities


Internship Opportunities

Through our internships, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) staff share their time and talents with students who are seeking a museum-based learning experience in the natural sciences.  Graduate, post-graduate, undergraduate and even advanced high-school students all may apply for internship positions. Specific qualifications vary for each position. Students are encouraged to apply for projects that are relevant to their academic and professional goals and to the mission of the Museum.

Most NMNH internships provide no financial assistance, housing or travel compensation.  Internship appointments generally last at least six weeks, although special week-long opportunities are occasionally available (such as Spring Break internships). Individual internships may last no longer than six months.  Appointments may be full or part-time.  US citizenship is not a requirement; students from all corners of the world are encouraged to serve in an internship with us.

Below is a list of the currently offered positions, projects and possibilities for prospective interns. If you are interested in applying for one of our internships, reach out to the staff member listed as a contact. In general, interns are selected by the host mentor and there is no formal application process. Follow each link for a descriptive project summary and information regarding contacts, hours and locations. Click below and apply today!

The pool of internship opportunities at the National Museum of Natural History changes rapidly, and these positions are highly competitive. Be sure to check back regularly for new postings. Additional opportunities may also be available.  Contact staff separately to discuss other internship possibilities. Research staff directories can be found by following the links below:

If an applicant is being considered for placement, they will hear back directly from a staff contact.   Staff contacts are under no obligation to reply to all applications. Due to the inherent differences among project timetables, response times may vary.

For general NMNH internship inquiries send an e-mail to arc@si.edu. Inquiries into specific positions and required documents should be sent to the appropriate staff member listed as a contact for the desired position(s) below.

Smithsonian Marine Station Internships (Fort Pierce, Florida):

Winter Break Internships at Natural History:

Spring Break Internships at Natural History: