Collections & Research Internships
As part of its mission to “investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of 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:
- Learn curatorial practices and standards by participating in a variety of collections-based projects;
- Learn 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, and museum studies.
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.
Internship Activities: Interns will learn specimen preparation techniques, data entry/cataloging, routine collection maintenance activities, special conservation projects, and collections documentation under the guidance and supervision of full-time collections staff. Opportunities are available in the Mollusk collection.
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: Please submit CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit to the Museum, ATTN: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, Delaware 19807. Submission deadline is Friday April 6th. EOE. The cover letter must address the following questions:
- What are your career goals? How would an internship at DMNH advance these goals?
- What special skills and experience do you bring to the internship?
- What academic courses have you taken that are relevant to this internship? Include grades