Science Summer Internships for High School & Undergraduate Students

Important: We are sorry to announce that the high school and undergraduate internship program is not available for 2014. Please check back for information about the program in January 2015. If you have any questions, please email Susan Hamnik.


  • Projects posted on website: January
  • Applications open: February 1
  • Application deadline: April 2
  • Letter of reference deadline: April 15
  • Awards announced: May 6
  • Research Symposium: August 16
  • Duration of individual internships: 6 to 8 weeks, depending on school schedule
  • Earliest Start Date: June 17
  • Latest End Date: August 23

Eleven full-time paid summer internships will become available to nine eligible junior or senior high school students and two eligible freshman undergraduate students. Interns have the option of working in one of the following four research departments of the Field Museum: Anthropology, Botany, Geology, and Zoology. Each project will focus on collections. Each intern will work with a dedicated collection staff member, graduate students and other undergraduate interns. Interns will receive training in modern collection management, including computer training, and learn about the various applications of collections-based research. Interns will sort, identify, and database collection specimens and integrate specimens into the collections. After hours, interns have the opportunity to attend a college level course in biological systematics.

Mandatory: Interns must present a poster describing their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

You can download a booklet at the bottom of this page that profiles the 2012 Scholarship Committee interns, including the high school and undergraduate interns.

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

Please note: Must be Chicago or suburban high school junior or senior. 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: $9 per hour, 35 hours per week
  • Up to $180 local travel allownace for accepted interns

2012 Summer Internship Projects