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.

In 2018 we are also extremely pleased to offer two joint internships between the Yale Peabody Museum and the Smithsonian Institution! Interns selected for these will participate in elements of both internship programs while in each location.


Please see internship projects below. 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 2018 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: Prof. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Exploring historic computers and mathematical instruments at the Peabody and Smithsonian

Smithsonian/Yale Joint Internship

Advisors: Dr. Alexi Baker (Yale), Dr. Peggy Kidwell (NMAH, Smithsonian)

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: Prof. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar, João Botelho and Daniel Smith

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Species boundaries among large treeshrews (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) from Southeast Asia

Smithsonian/Yale Joint Internship

Advisors: Prof. Eric Sargis (Yale), Dr. Neal Woodman (NMNH, Smithsonian)

Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Species delimitation in Malagasy mangosteens

Advisor: Dr. Patrick Sweeney

Length: 6 weeks in the summer



Information and to Apply


**2019 Summer Internships will be posted by February 1, 2019. Please check back!**


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 26, 2018. Applications will be accepted after that date on a rolling basis - if after March 26, 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


Summer 2016  and 2017 Internship Blogs

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






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