College Internships

Academy internships offer college students hands-on experience in our labs and collections while working alongside Academy scientists. The projects students begin or contribute to at the Academy are often valuable stepping stones toward careers in the natural sciences.

Summer Systematics Institute

A student in the field examining a small pond.

Gain hands-on experience while working alongside renowned scientists—and jump-start your career in natural sciences research—with an eight-week, museum-based, paid internship.

SSI offers undergraduates important insights into the contributions that collections-based research can make to critical issues such as worldwide threats to biodiversity, and the origins and diversification of life.

Biological Illustration Internship

Illustration of a leafy seadragon.

Collaborate with Academy scientists to develop publication-ready scientific illustrations of biological specimens during an eight-week, paid summer internship. Using ink, watercolor, and/or computer-assisted design, the Biological Illustration intern will learn how to present clear, accurate visual messages about scientific subject matter.

In the Canopy with Waterbears and Wheelchairs

A student is being lifted into the canopy.

Gain valuable hands-on experience with cutting-edge ecological analysis during this 10-week summer research opportunity for eight undergraduate students—four with ambulatory disability and four without. The project’s goal is to define the taxonomy and distribution of tardigrades (water bears) in the forest canopy, and to document insect herbivory in a North American deciduous forest.

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Want to inspire school children, pin insects, classify specimens, or even help keep our animals healthy? Opportunities abound for qualified volunteers age 18 and older.