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Department of Paleobiology


The National Museum of Natural History offers internships in the Paleobiology Department with emphasis on the current research initiatives of the staff. An internship at Natural History is a prearranged, structured learning experience scheduled within a specific time frame. The experience must be relevant to the intern's academic goals, and matched to to the Paleobiology Department's research and museum activities. An internship is performed under the direct supervision of Smithsonian staff. Internship appointments should be for at least six weeks and require a minimum commitment of 16 hour per week.

Education level: Undergraduate or beginning level graduate students; some advanced placement high school students (must be at least 16 years of age).
Stipend: None; academic credit can sometimes be obtained.
Deadline: Accepted year round.
Term: Determined for each position.

If you are interested internships in the Natural History museum, please contact the museums's Internship Coordinator, Mary Sangrey, and visit the museum's website for Student Opportunities here.

Mary Sangrey
Program Director
National Museum of Natural History
PO Box 37012
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Tel: 202/633-4548
Fax: 202/786-2563

Internship Amenities

At Natural History there is an abundance of special programs and seminars - something new every day. Students may also explore the sights of DC and join special activities arranged just for students participating in Smithsonian academic appointments. During the summer, a Smithsonian-wide Museum Careers Seminar Series, sponsored by SCEMS (Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies), is featured including topics such as career choice planning, choosing a graduate school, and filling out a government job application. But the summer highlight is always the annual Intern's Ice Cream Social.

And there's more. Registered academic appointments issued a Smithsonian Identification Badge receive 20% discount at all of the Smithsonian's gift shop. There is also a 30% discount at the Institution's public restaurants. This includes discounts at the National Gallery of Art's gift shops and restaurants. You also get a discount on skating and equipment rental at the National Gallery Sculpture Garden Ice Skating Rink. In addition, interns are also welcome to attend department lectures and talks, free IMAX movie previews, and are eligible for free admission at participating museums around the world.