National Museum of Natural History Internship Opportunities
Through our internships, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) staff share their time and talents with students who are seeking skillfully mentored internships crossing all of our areas of expertise including natural history research, collections management, education and outreach, information technologies, public engagement, communications, development, administration and management, and even facilities operation.
Currently offered positions, projects and possibilities for prospective interns are listed below. 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.
- Aquarist Research Intern
- Arctic Studies Center Annual Newsletter
- Arctic Studies Center Internship Program – Anchorage, AK
- Behind the Scenes at Natural History Internship
- Collection Digitization in the U.S. National Herbarium
- Collections Management of BOEM Environmental Studies Program Invertebrates
- Discerning parasitic wasp diversity in North American forests
- Discerning parasitic wasp diversity in North American grasslands
- Discerning trophic relationships among insects associated with American chestnut
- Do It With Nemertean Worms and on the Internet
- Editorial Intern – Juchitán Zapotec Dictionary
- Encyclopaedia Cinematographica: Ethnographic Film Series Re-Housing Project
- Encyclopedia of Life – Biologia Centrali-Americana
- Encyclopedia of Life – Leptogastrinae Life Desk
- Entomology Species Inventory Internship
- Flies of Peru Internship
- Fly Collection Internship
- Generic Revision of Dewdrop Treehoppers
- Global Genome Initiative: Gardens
- Hymenopteran Diversity of Madagascar
- Insect Biodiversity in Your Backyard
- Insect Molecular Techniques
- Insect Specimen Curation
- Insect Specimen Imaging
- Insect Specimen Preparation and Identification
- Invertebrate Zoology Collections and Research Material Management
- Invertebrate Zoology Collections Management
- Legume Systematics (Summer)
- Macrophotography of Marine Snail Shells
- Natural History Internship Program
- NMNH Spring Break Internship Program
- NMNH Winter Break Internship Program
- North American Indian Research
- NSF REU Site: Natural History Research Experiences
- Ocean Portal, Graphics & Digital Communications
- Parasitoid Wasp Curation and Collection Management
- Participatory Learning Lab Feedback Coordinator
- Photo Processing Internship
- Plant Molecular Phylogenetics and Population Genetics Internship
- Q?rius Collections Internship
- Scientific Equipment Inventory Database Virtual Internship
- Spatial Analyses in Archaeology
- Summer Graduate-level Invertebrate Paleobiology Collections and Education Internship
- Summer Paleobiology Education Internship
- Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA: Hymenoptera Social Media Internship
- Technical Writing for the Encyclopedia of Life
- World of Maps
- Youth Engagement Through Science (YES) Program
- Youth Programs Internship
Smithsonian Marine Station Internships (Fort Pierce, Florida):
Winter Break Internships at Natural History:
- Winter Break Internship: Behind the Scenes at Natural History
- Winter Break Internship: How did marine microfossils respond to rapid climate cooling approximately 34 million years ago?
- Winter Break Internship: Investigating the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reef Associated Biodiversity
Spring Break Internships at Natural History:
- Spring Break: Behind the Scenes at Natural History
- Spring Break: Insect Biodiversity in Your Backyard
- Spring Break: Scanning Insect Legacy Literature
Other Possibilities: 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. Didn’t find what you’re looking for? 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:
- Anthropology (link to http://anthropology.si.edu/anthro_staff.htm)
- Botany (link to http://botany.si.edu/staff/)
- Entomology (link to http://entomology.si.edu/SIStaff.html)
- Invertebrate Zoology (link to http://invertebrates.si.edu/1IZstafflist.htm)
- Mineral Sciences (link to http://mineralsciences.si.edu/staff.htm)
- Paleobiology (link to http://paleobiology.si.edu/staff/paleoStaff.html)
- Vertebrate Zoology (link to http://vertebrates.si.edu/vz_staff_index.html)
Academic Level: Graduate, post-graduate, undergraduate and even advanced high-school students may apply for internship positions.
Qualifications: Specific qualifications vary for each internship position. Students are encouraged to apply for projects that are relevant to their academic and professional goals and to the mission of the Museum. US citizenship is not a requirement; students from all corners of the world are encouraged to serve in an internship with us.
Award: Most NMNH internships provide no financial assistance, housing or travel compensation. Check individual project descriptions for exceptions.
Duration: Internship appointments generally last at least six weeks, although special week-long opportunities are occasionally available (such as Spring Break and Winter Break). Individual internships may last no longer than six months. Appointments may be full or part-time.
Application: To apply for an NMNH internship, follow guidance of each project. In general, interns are selected by the host mentor (project contact) and there is no formal application process.
Notification: Applicants under consideration for placement 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.
Contact: For general NMNH internship inquiries send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries into specific internship projects and requirements should be directed to the project contact.