Women in Science High School Internship

Program information: Project descriptions and applications will be available February 8, 2016.

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 the beginning of the program. 


Application Instructions:

  1. Locate internship application title on our jobs page
  2. Fill out provided application (complete one application for each project you are applying to)
  3. 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 womeninsciencefellowship@fieldmuseum.org

2015 Project Descriptions:


2015 High School Internship #1

Intern (High School) Women in Science, Riffles In The Stream: Exploring Water Quality Through Historical Distributions Of Water Beetles In Illinois And The Surrounding Area: Human life relies on access to fresh, clean water free from pollutants and pathogens. If accurate ecological and distributional data are available, we can use aquatic organisms, such as insects, to evaluate water quality, with one of the most sensitive of these groups being the riffle beetles, or dryopoid water beetles. Former curator Harry G. Nelson collected this group extensively and his collection is now part of the FMNH Insect Collection. At last count (1971), the Harry G. Nelson collection of dryopoid water beetles comprised over 100,000 specimens, both pinned and in alcohol, making it one of the largest and most important collections of its kind, particularly for the upper Midwestern United States. Despite this, it is largely unknown to water beetle workers and the data is locked away on paper field notes and on the labels of uncatalogued specimens. An inventory of the collection and digitization of Harry Nelson’s field notes will provide the first steps towards making this data accessible to the broader research community. 



2015 High School Internship #2

Intern (High School) Women in Science, Chinese Opera Case Conservation Project: The scope of the Chinese Opera Case Conservation Project is to deinstall, document and perform treatment to approximately 75 Chinese theater complete costumes and props exhibited since the late 1920’s. The costumes include beautiful textile garments, paper mache masks, jewelry, shoes, and associated props. The intern will work with conservators, collection managers, and exhibits production during the project. Each object will need to be deinstalled from the display case, photographed, examined, receive conservation treatment, and prepared for storage. The intern will assist the conservators in treatment of these objects as needed. 



2015 High School Internship #3

Intern (High School) Women in Science, Silurian Reef Digitization Project: The Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) along with its partner The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) support the conversion of the institutions paperbased catalog records of its Silurian fossil collection to electronic form. The cooperative effort will create a consolidated online database with locality, stratigraphic, and systematic data along with select locality and specimen photographs of the world’s most extensive Silurian collections from the upper Midwest (mid-continent). The Silurian fossils in these institutions document the recovery and diversification of reef and level bottom-communities following the late Ordovician extinction event. The project will expand access to the collections and make information regarding those collections more widely, accurately and engagingly available to diverse audiences including research scientists, the general public, and students of all ages. The three year project will use on-site data entry technicians at each institution to convert the approximately 31,000 existing specimen and locality catalog records to KE EMu Collections Management System. Additionally, MPM will update and expand our web based “Virtual Silurian Reef” relating the online Silurian collections to content rich sites for the general public and K-12 educators. 

Please direct all questions to womeninsciencefellowship@fieldmuseum.org