If you’re interested in a career from science to nonprofit management, consider an internship to learn from some of the best in the business.

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. Please see below.


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.

Applications for the Women In Science Internships are now closed for 2024. Please check our Careers webpage next February or March to apply for the 2025 internships.

  • 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.

Depending on the area of specialization and current funding, each summer we host over 100 internships museum-wide. Interns get extensive hands-on experience and an in-depth look at the requirements of a world-class institution. Competition for internships is strong and interviews are conducted for every position available.

Please see our Careers page for all available opportunities.