2015 Project Information will be announced in March 2015.
2015 Program Dates: Monday, June 22-Monday, August 3, 2015.
Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) and Women's Board of The Field Museum are proud to offer three paid high school internships. Applicants apply to individual projects and must apply to each project separately to be considered for more than one. The Field Museum Women in Science High School Internship program is a 6-week long internship. Please be aware that this internship is full-time, 5 days per week, 8:30am to 4:30pm (unless otherwise arranged with the supervisor). Applicants must be a Chicagoland or Northwest Indiana resident and must be 16 years old by June 22, 2015.
Applications are due (date to be announced in March 2015) and internship recipients will be notified by email.
- Locate internship application title on our jobs page
- Fill out provided application (complete one application for each project you are applying to)
- One letter of recommendation from a non-family member is required. Please have the referee title it 'Name_HighSchool_Reference' and send it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Project Descriptions:
2014 High School Internship #1 Intern (High School) Women in Science, N.W. Harris Learning Collection N.W. Harris Learning Collection: The N.W Harris Learning Collection consists of 465 unique boxes (1,277 total boxes) filled with artifacts and specimens available for loan from the Museum for educational purposes. Boxes can be borrowed fromAugust 1 – June 30. For the month of July the Harris Learning Center closes to reorganize and update the collection. The intern will organize and prepare learning materials, write and/or review various educational text, and learn best-practices in science education. Students with an interest in preK-12 science or social studies education and outreach, museum education, collections management are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have good organizational skills and be detail oriented.
2014 High School Internship #2
Intern (High School) Women in Science, Walking Lichens Walking Lichens: Documenting Lichen Mimicry in Mantids, Walking Sticks, and Grasshoppers: Mimicry is a well-known phenomenon in animals, particularly insects. The purpose of mimicry is generally either to warn or to camouflage. Lichen mimicry is not well-documented except for anecdotal reports, but one recent study analyzed the phenomen of actual lichens growing on the pronotum and wings of tropical shield mantids. The intern will take high-resolution images and database selected specimens of each species of this group. The insects will then be screened for patterns of lichen mimicry or, in the case of selected mantids, for the presence of actual lichens growing on them. Specimens with documented lichen mimicry will be identified to species level where possible, and the lichens or lichen mimicry patterns will also be matched to known species, by comparing with lichen collections. Applicants should have good organizational skills and be detail oriented.
2014 High School Internship #3
Intern (High School) Women in Science, Archaeological Study of Peruvian Materials
Archaeological Study of Peruvian Materials in the South American Laboratory: Utilizing the South American Laboratory at the Field Museum's Anthropology Department, the intern will be introduced to archaeological investigation by examining prehistoric Peruvian pottery to understand how different social groups participated in a new economic system as they engaged with the Inca Empire (A.D. 1400-1532), the largest empire to develop in the Americas. The intern will have the opportunity to work with The Field Museum Anthropology Collection and be introduced to all phases of ceramic analysis and typology, organizing drawings and photographs, and updating the database. Students with an interest in pottery, ancient societies, and learning innovative archaeological methodologies are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be detailed oriented and comfortable in the lab setting.
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