Interns at The Field Museum get extensive hands-on experience and an in-depth look at the inner workings of a world-class institution. Each summer, we host more than 200 internships representing almost every Museum department. In addition, there are numerous internships that take place during the academic year.
I'm interested in an internship at The Field Museum, but where do I begin?
There are 3 different paths you can take to search for an internship:
View internship opportunities on our Employment page
By looking at our Current Opportunities, you can see open career and internship opportunities available throughout the Museum. We post both paid and unpaid internships on our careers page, so be sure to look at all of the details when applying.
Contact a scientist to let them know you are interested in working with them
A lot of our internships are simply created by a student expressing interest in being an intern. You can find a scientist for your particular area of interest or study in our staff list for the Collections Center, Integrative Research Center, or Science Action Center. Write to the scientist(s) of your choice, let them know you are interested in working with them, and they will try to find an internship for you based on your qualifications and their needs and capacity. You can also look up staff members in other departments throughout the Museum on our main Staff List.
Take a look at some of the formal funded internship programs we have each year
By looking at our Scholarship Committee Internship Opportunities, you can find internships that occur annually. These are formal internship programs that have specific application instructions and deadlines. These are also the only opportunities that are available for high school students who wish to be an intern at The Field Museum.
I'm a teen, and I don't see any summer internships that fit my skills or interests. What other opportunities are available to me?
If you can't find an appropriate summer internship, consider being a part of our summer volunteer program for teens and high school students. More information about the teen volunteer program can be found here.
In what areas are internships available?
The following areas often (but not always) host interns:
- Science & Education: Collection Center, Integrative Research Center, Science Action Center
- Administration: Human Resources, Finance, Fundraising, Information Technology, Communications, and Public Relations
- Exhibitions: Exhibit Development, Project Management, Graphic Design, and 3D Design
- Education: Program Development and the N.W. Harris Learning Collection
Who is eligible to be an intern?
- Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate-level college students of all majors as well as recent graduates
- Full-time and part-time paid and unpaid internships are available
- High school internships are only available through established programs/partnerships with the Museum. To view these opportunities, please visit our Scholarship Committee Internship Opportunities page
- Students may be eligible for academic credit and/or special funded programs through their college or university – students should check with their career services center for more information
Why should I intern at The Field Museum?
Depending on the area of specialization and current Museum funding, your internship may be paid or unpaid. Either way, you will discover the many reasons that make your internship a dynamic and rewarding experience:
- A chance to learn more about The Field Museum
- The opportunity to meet with other interns who share your fascination with history, science, and culture
- Throughout the summer, we offer a full schedule of planned activities and events just for interns
- Free admission to The Field Museum and other Chicago area museums and cultural institutions
- Discounts at Museum restaurants and stores
- Invitations to staff events and exhibition previews