As part of our mission to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery, the Delaware Museum of Natural History offers a variety of unpaid internships for college students:
Collections and Research Division (Summer only)
natural history n the study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, interrelationships and interactions with the environment. Typically includes the sciences, such as botany, zoology, paleontology, or anthropology, dealing with the study of all objects in nature.
As part of its mission to “excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery” the Delaware Museum of Natural History announces an unpaid summer internship program for college and graduate students in its Collections and Research Division. During this internship students will:
• Become familiar with curatorial practices and standards by participating in a variety of collections-based projects;
• Gain an understanding of the importance of research collections at natural history museums and how they compare and contrast with other, non-science collections (e.g, history, library, art);
• Learn about career opportunities at natural history museums.
Requirements: Applicants must have completed their first year of college or graduate school and should be interested in pursuing a career in a field related to natural history, biology, museums, or libraries/archives. Relevant majors include: biology, organismal biology, zoology, botany, marine science, wildlife biology, museum studies, archives, library sciences, and art conservation.
Dates: The Museum is open for interns Monday – Friday between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 6 weeks is required (total 120 hours minimum). Days and times are flexible, but all students must attend a weekly seminar series each Wednesday at noon.
Internship Activities: Interns will assist collection staff with specimen preparation, data entry/cataloging, routine collection maintenance activities, special conservation projects, collections documentation, and public outreach and education. Opportunities are available in the Mollusk collection and possibly in the library and archives.
Other: The Museum is a 501(c) 3 non-profit and hours spent interning can typically be used to meet volunteering requirements of schools. Students may be able to arrange course credit for their internships. Students wanting to meet specific internship requirements for their course of study should contact the Museum to see if their needs can be accommodated. A letter confirming the number of internship hours will be sent to schools upon request. Students may also request a letter of recommendation for placement in their school file or for use in graduate school or job applications.
To apply: Collections & Research Internship applications are no longer being accepted for 2013. We encourage you to check back for information on the 2014 Internship Program.
DMNH is committed to providing equal opportunity for all.
The Museum's Communications Department is currently seeking an upper-level college or university student to serve as our Fall 2013 Marketing/Communications Intern. This person should have a desire to learn more about marketing, public relations, advertising, graphic design and web development. Students majoring in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, and any discipline that involves writing for the public are encouraged to apply.
The Museum's Exhibits Department is currently seeking an upper-level college or university student to serve as our Fall 2013 Exhibits Intern to complete a collection cataloging project. Student applicants should have a desire to learn more about the care and maintenance of natural history collections, although the main focus of the position will be entering data about mammal taxidermy into a PastPerfect database.
Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in a field related to natural history, biology, museums, or libraries/archives. Relevant majors include: biology, organismal biology, zoology, botany, marine science, wildlife biology, museum studies, archives, library sciences, and art conservation.
High School Internships
The Museum does not currently offer high school interships, however, high school students are encouraged to apply for our Discovery Corps Program. To learn about our Discovery Corps, click here.