Yale Peabody Museum Summer Internships

Student Summer Internships at the Yale Peabody Museum

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (YPM) is delighted to offer an expanded summer internship program for Yale undergraduate students! Interns will participate in the rich variety of research taking place in the Yale Science Hill community, and will work on a semi-independent project with one or more advisors using the Yale Peabody Museum’s diverse collections and resources. Included in the list below is one internship that is jointly sponsored by Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution.

 

The cohort of students selected for YPM summer internships will convene twice before the end of exams in early May for an orientation and introduction to the program, and to discuss expectations. For interns working on projects in or near New Haven, we'll hold meetings every other week to share progress reports and insights. We'll conclude with two follow-up sessions in early fall, the last of which will involve short presentations of students' work to that point. Students will also be expected to contribute written material for the Museum's website in the form of a blog, annotated photo essay, or more formal final report.

 

Please see internship projects below. All internships are 8 weeks long unless otherwise noted. The project descriptions for the YPM summer internships were developed by the internship advisors. You are welcome to contact the advisor(s) to propose changes or extensions to these projects, and accompanying budgetary amendments. If so, please be prepared to describe these changes in the application.

 

Summer 2019 Internship Projects

Click on the titles below for project descriptions and stipend amounts. Contact the listed advisor or the Director of Student Programs for more information.

 

3D Analysis of Dinosaur Skulls and the Origin of Birds

Advisor: Professor Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar (YPM Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology)

 

Cladistics: Character Coding in Catocala Larvae

Advisors: Larry Gall (Collections Manager, YPM Division of Entomology) and Nicole Palffy-Muhoray (Asst. Director, YPM Student Programs)

 

Earliest Paleocene Archaic Ungulates (Mammalia, Condylarthra)

from the Camel Butte Locality in Southeastern Montana

Advisors: Professor Eric Sargis (YPM Curator of Mammalogy and Vertebrate Paleontology) and Professor Stephen Chester, Brooklyn College (YPM VP curatorial affiliate)

 

Functional Genomics of Antarctic Icefishes

Advisor: Professor Tom Near (YPM Curator of Vertebrate Zoology)

 

Invertebrate Zoology Communications Internship

Advisors: Eric Lazo-Wasem (Senior Collections Manager, YPM Division of Invertebrate Zoology) and Professor Casey Dunn (YPM Curator of Invertebrate Zoology)

 

Managing a Teaching Collection: Entomology

Advisor: Nicole Palffy-Muhoray (Asst. Director, YPM Student Programs)

 

North American Ethnographic Collections Management:

Creating and Enhancing Documentation and Photography

Advisor: Jessie Cohen (Repatriation Compliance Coordinator, YPM Division of Anthropology)

 

Patterns of Speciation in the Fantail Darter Complex, Etheostoma flabellare

Advisor: Professor Tom Near (YPM Curator of Vertebrate Zoology)

 

Phylogeography of Blue Ridge Endemic Freshwater Fishes

Advisor: Professor Tom Near (YPM Curator of Vertebrate Zoology)

 

Resurrecting Ancient Forms: Using Fossils and Molecular Developmental Biology

to Discover the Mechanisms Behind the Dinosaur-Bird Transition

Advisor: Professor Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar (YPM Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology)

 

Species Boundaries among Lesser Treeshrews (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) from Southeast Asia

Yale/Smithsonian Joint Internship

Advisors: Professor Eric Sargis (YPM Curator of Mammalogy and Vertebrate Paleontology) and Dr. Neal Woodman (USGS Research Biologist; USNMNH Research Associate in Vertebrate Zoology)

 

Species Delimitation in Malagasy Mangosteens

Advisor: Patrick Sweeney (Senior Collections Manager, YPM Division of Botany)

 

Taxonomy of Western Atlantic Amphipods

Advisor: Eric Lazo-Wasem (Senior Collections Manager, YPM Division of Invertebrate Zoology)

 

 

Information and to Apply

 

Interested? CLICK HERE for the general application form. Please note: you will need to supply the names and contact information of two academic references who are willing to be contacted before the end of March.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 25, 2019. Applications will be accepted after that date on a rolling basis - if after March 25, check with the Director of Student Programs to see if specific internships are filled.

 

Questions? Contact David Heiser, Director of Student Programs: david.heiser@yale.edu

 

Past Summer Internship Blogs

Take a look inside a few of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 summer internships through these fantastic student blogs!

 

2018:

 

2017:

 

2016:

 

David Heiser

Director of Student Programs

david.heiser@yale.edu

(203) 432-9545
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
P.O. Box 208118
New Haven, CT 06520-8118 USA