Students and instructors in front of an Academy van at Pepperwood Preserve.

2019 SSI interns at the Pepperwood Preserve.


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

People looking at specimens at tables in a museum

Gain hands-on experience while working alongside renowned scientists—and jump-start your career in natural sciences research—with a nine-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.


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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.

Looking for High School Opportunities?

Check out our Youth Programs, including the Careers in Science internship for high school students.