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 2017 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 Age of Mammals Book Production Internship

Advisor: Rosemary Volpe

Length: 8 weeks in the summer, with the potential to continue into the fall

 

The deep origins of the skull in the bird/crocodile lineage, the archosaurian “ruling reptiles”

Advisors: Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar, Matteo Fabbri and Adam Pritchard

Length: 8-10 weeks in the summer

 

Ethnography and Ethnobiology of the Philippines

Advisors: Roger Colten, Maureen White and Patricia Afable

Length: 8 weeks in the summer, with the potential to continue into the fall

 

Exploring species boundaries within the Viburnum nudum complex

Advisor: Patrick Sweeney with Michael Donoghue

Length: 6 weeks in the summer

 

Fossil Plant Collecting Expedition, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Advisor: Shusheng Hu with Jacques Gauthier

Length: 2 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

 

Phylogeography and species delimitation of North American freshwater fishes

Advisor: Daniel MacGuigan with Tom Near

Length: 8 weeks in the summer

 

Plant Material in Early American Furniture

Advisor: Patrick Sweeney

Length: 6 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 S. Bhullar, João Botelho and Daniel Smith

Length: 8 weeks in the summer

 

Studying hybridization with the Viburnum lentago complex

Advisor: Patrick Sweeney with Michael Donoghue

Length: 6 weeks in the summer

 

Taxonomy of Tropical Amphipod Crustaceans

Advisor: Eric Lazo-Wasem

Length: 8 weeks in the summer

 

 

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: Friday, March 10, 2017. Applications will be accepted after that date on a rolling basis - if after March 10, 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 Internship Blogs

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

 

 

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