High School Digital Learning and Science Research Internship

Work with other digital-savvy teens on an interactive project during this paid summer internship. 

A scientist shares information about the botany collection at the Field Museum with a group of students in a classroom. Images of various plant specimens are laid out on a table as the scientist holds his hands out and lectures. Several cases of wax plant models visible in the background.

The Digital Learning Internship is a deep dive into the science and technology of the Field Museum. In this 6-week paid summer internship, high school students gain hands-on scientific research experience with our plant and fossilized plants collections. Interns create a digital media interactive based on their scientific work by collaborating with our scientists, digital learning specialists, and designers. All interactives will be temporarily installed in the Museum for the public to access and enjoy. 

The internship runs July 1–August 9, 2019, with breaks on July 4 and 5 and August 3. Working hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30am–4pm.

Application Process

Applications are due Monday, March 18.


All applicants must provide:

  • An online application, including a resume 
  • A 300 word essay or link to a two minute video essay explaining their interest in the internship (Include in the cover letter section)
  • A letter of support from a teacher/coach/mentor on official letterhead (Send to digitalstudio@fieldmuseum.org by Friday, March 22)

Interns must live in the Chicagoland area and have completed their sophomore year of high school. In April, we will conduct group interviews with qualified candidates and send final notices via email no later than Wednesday, May 1.

Questions about the internship or how to apply? Email us at digitalstudio@fieldmuseum.org.