Every year, we offer hundreds of internships to talented students who get hands-on experience and a look at the inner workings of our world-class institution.
There are important roles for interns in many departments. Depending on skills and interests, interns may assist with anything from fundraising and educational program development to research, collections management, and exhibition development.
Full- and part-time internships at the Field Museum are open to college undergraduates and graduate-level students of all majors, as well as recent graduates. For certain internships, you may be able to obtain funding or academic credit through your educational institution. Check with your career services center for more information.
High school students are eligible for internship opportunities through several formal programs. We also welcome high school students as summer volunteers.
Learn More About Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students
We offer both paid and unpaid internships. The educational value of any internship here makes for a memorable and rewarding experience.
You’ll have an opportunity to work alongside other interns who share your interests, as well as scientists and researchers who are global leaders in their fields. Throughout the summer, we offer a full schedule of activities and events just for interns, and you’ll also snag invites to staff events and exclusive exhibition previews.
The icing on this already-excellent cake: interns get free admission to our museum as well as other area museums and cultural institutions.
Summer internship programs
We offer several science-focused, paid internship programs every summer, each with a specific focus and structured program. Opportunities include:
- Field Museum Women in Science Internships: These opportunities encourage diversity throughout the museum. Undergraduate and high school students gain knowledge and experience in the sciences through collections-based research and practice communicating science to a broader community.
- Chicago Green Ambassadors Program: This internship for high school and undergraduate students focuses on connecting neighborhoods and green spaces along Chicago’s Burnham Wildlife Corridor.
- Digital Learning Internships: This paid internship will pair high school students with a Field Museum expert to learn how to make discoveries and explain science to the world.
- Walder Foundation Internships This intership for undergraduate students offers hands-on experience conducting collection-based research in molecular biology, training future scientists in DNA barcoding skills needed to resolve the current biodiversity crisis.
Ongoing internship opportunities
If you’re interested in an internship that isn’t described here, check out our staff list and contact the person you’re hoping to work with directly. In your message, include information about the type of work you’re interested in, why you’re seeking an internship with this staff member, your availability, and whether you require a paid internship.
Additionally, we partner with One Summer Chicago and After School Matters to place interns in our guest relations department. Please apply directly through those organizations to be considered.