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Invertebrate Zoology Collections and Research Material Management

The Invertebrate Zoology Department at the National Museum of Natural History has over 50 million specimens, many of them requiring frequent curatorial updates. Interns will assist in topping off fluid-preserved specimens, replacing outdated archival jars, stabilizing large batches of new incoming material, and much more. This internship program will provide students with the opportunity to get plenty of hands-on experience with research specimens and gain insight into how research specimens are stored and cared for. Many of our specimens are well over 100 years old with great historical significance (specimens collected by John Steinbeck, taxonomic importance, etc.), so it is a great pleasure to share our collections with young scientists looking to take some of their first steps into collections management and specimen preservation.

How to Apply

Contact Adam Stergis with a copy of your most recent resume and a brief summary of career goals (1-2 paragraphs). Please include your timeframe and availability. 

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Adam Stergis at

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