The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, is pleased to announce the 2011 competition for paid undergraduate summer research internships at the museum (Washington, DC).
The application deadline is February 7, 2011.
Details and applications can be found at http://www.mnh.si.edu/NHRE/
A summer research internship for undergraduates
The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, hosts a world-class research staff and unparalleled scientific research collections. Natural History Research Experience (NHRE) summer internships pair undergraduates with members of the Natural History research and collections staff, providing a hands-on introduction to scientific research.
Here is an opportunity for students to engage in an original research project with a scientific mentor from one or more of the scholarly disciplines at the National Museum of Natural History: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mineral Science, Paleobiology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Museum Education. Additional activities include behind-the-scenes tours and lectures at the museum.
As part of the application procedure, students will need to identify a field of interest and/or specific individuals with whom they are interested in working. Information about research areas and staff directories can be found through the department websites listed above (except for Education, which links instead to a sample project). Students can also browse project archives from previous years for inspiration.
Students selected for placement in the NHRE program will be given full details about the specific research mentor, department, and project(s) available to them, at which point they can accept or reject the internship offer.
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is located on the National Mall in the heart of Washington DC. The program runs from May 31 to August 5, 2011. Students selected will receive a stipend of $5,000 and housing at a local university. A relocation allowance may also be available.
Previous research experience is not required, and we encourage applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.
Complete applications, including two letters of reference and college transcripts, must be received via email before February 7, 2011 to NHRE@si.edu.
Scanned or electronic copies of unofficial college transcripts are acceptable. Applicants will receive notification of status by April 1.
Information about research and collections at NMNH can be found at http://www.mnh.si.edu/rc/.
If you have questions about the program, please email NHRE@si.edu.