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. 


Unless otherwise indicated, all internships have an in-person and a remote version. While it would be wonderful to run our internship program in person in the summer of 2021, it is likely that Yale will not decide about whether to allow in-person student work this summer until a later date, so we have planned both versions in advance. Please only apply to an internship if you would be happy to pursue either version. 


The cohort of students selected for YPM summer internships will convene twice (virtually this year) before the end of the spring semester for an orientation and introduction to the program, and to discuss expectations. During the summer, weekly group check-ins will be a chance to share progress and insights. In early fall or after the close of the internship, students will submit write-ups and either schedule presentations or create short virtual recorded talks.  


Please see internship projects below. All internships are 8 weeks long unless otherwise noted. The internships are for Yale undergraduate students; seniors graduating in May 2021 are unfortunately not eligible. 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 2021 Internship Projects


Detecting Hydrographic Features and Gelatinous Zooplankton “Hot Spots” in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean 

Advisors: Mary Beth Decker (Research Scientist in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and YPM Invertebrate Zoology Curatorial Affiliate) and Casey Dunn (Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and YPM Invertebrate Zoology Curator)  


Advisor: Kailen Rogers (YPM Assistant Director of Exhibitions) 


Advisors: Professor Eric Sargis (YPM Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and Vertebrate Zoology) and Graduate Student Spencer Irvine (YPM Vertebrate Paleontology) 


Genomics and Morphology of Holostei, a Lineage of Living Fossil Freshwater Fishes 

Advisor: Thomas Near (YPM Curator of Vertebrate Zoology) 


Investigating and Exhibiting the History of Science 

Advisor: Alexi Baker (Collections Manager, YPM Division of History of Science and Technology) 


Methods in 3D Imaging and Reconstruction of Anthropological Artifacts 

Advisor: Nelson Rios (YPM Head of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Science) 


Wearing Rings and Sealing Tablets in the Ancient World 

Advisors: Agnete Lassen (YPM Babylonian Collection Associate Curator) and Elizabeth Knott (YPM Babylonian Collection Postdoctoral Associate) 



Information and to Apply


Interested? CLICK HERE for the general application. 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, February 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted after that date on a rolling basis - if after February 15, 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 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