Science Summer Internships for High School & Undergraduate Students - Now Open!

The high school and undergraduate internship program is available in limited form for 2015. We are funding two projects in the Gantz Family Collections Center, one in the Birds Division and one in the Mycology Section. The intern position for the Birds Division project has been filled, so please do not apply for this project. The Mycology Section project is open for applications. The successful candidate will work in the lichen collections with aspects of specimen curation, databasing, and digital imaging of spores for a scientific project. The internship has a total of 160 hours at $11/hour and must be concluded by mid July. Please follow the instructions below for applications. If you have any questions, please email Robert Lucking.


  • Applications open: February 11; please send application materials (CV and cover letter stating your background and interest in the Mycology Section internship project) to Robert Lucking.
  • Application deadline: March 6
  • Letter of reference deadline: March 13; the letter of reference must be sent in PDF format by the sender directly to Robert Lucking.
  • Internship announced: April 3
  • Duration of internship: 160 hours, ideally full time (140 hours) in June and 20 additional hours in May or July
  • Earliest Start Date: May 25
  • Latest End Date: July 10

Minority and/or female students are especially encouraged to apply.

Please note: Must be Chicago or suburban high school junior or senior or college freshman. Student participants must be over the age of 16 at the start of the internship - no exceptions. Interns must be citizens of the United States or its possessions. Interns must live within a commuting distance to the Field Museum. Housing is not provided.

Salary: $11 per hour, up to 35 hours per week