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.


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. The project descriptions and budgets 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 2016 Internship Blogs

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



Summer 2016 Internship Projects

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


The Ecophysiology of Eutrophication: Physiological Response of Long Island Sound Invertebrates and Protists to Environmental Stress

Advisor: Leanne Elder with Pincelli Hull and Eric Lazo-Wasem

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Fossil Plant Collecting Expedition, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Advisor: Shusheng Hu with Jacques Gauthier and Peter Crane

Length: 2 weeks in the summer, opportunity to extend into academic year


Illuminating the Vault: Towards a Better Understanding of the Effects of Light on Natural History Specimens

Advisors: Patrick Sweeney, Larry Gall, Catherine Sease, Paul Whitmore (Aging Diagnostics Lab, Yale IPCH)

Length: 3 weeks in the summer, plus 70 – 80 hours during fall semester


Native American Art Initiative Summer Internships

NOTE: This joint internship is administered by the Yale University Art Gallery and has different application requirements and a deadline of Friday, April 1, 2016.


The origin and development of facial musculature, a distinctive and evolutionarily pivotal mammalian innovation

Advisors: Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Juri Miyamae

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Paleontological Fieldwork and Collections Experience, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Advisor: Marilyn Fox with Christopher Norris and Jacques Gauthier

Length: 2-4 weeks, mid-May to mid-June, opportunity to extend into academic year


Philippine Hill People and Their Landscapes

Advisors: Anne Underhill, Maureen White

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Phylogenomics and the evolution of North American freshwater fishes

Advisor: Thomas J. Near

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Resurrecting ancient forms: Using fossils and molecular developmental biology to discover the mechanisms behind the dinosaur-bird transition

Advisors: Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Adam Pritchard, Matteo Fabbri

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Taxonomy of Western Atlantic and Caribbean Amphipods and Isopods

Advisor: Eric Lazo-Wasem

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Unearthing Korean Treasures

Advisor: Anne Underhill

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Yale Natural Lands Biotic Survey

Advisors: Greg Watkins-Colwell, Patrick Sweeney, Larry Gall

Length: 8 weeks in summer, opportunity to extend into academic year



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 mid-April.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016


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


David Heiser

Director of Student Programs


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