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Internship Information

Intern working with GMNH Collections
Intern Liz Johnson working with GMNH Collections

Each semester the faculty, staff, and students of the Georgia Museum of Natural History welcome undergraduates as Natural History interns to enjoy a hands-on course with the Museum. Interns receive supervised experiential learning working directly with the faculty, staff, and other students curating one of the natural history collections affiliated with the Georgia Museum of Natural History or with education and outreach programs. Collections available for internships are: Archaeology, Arthropods, Botany, Economic Geology, Herpetology, Genomics and Marine Invertebrates, Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mammalogy, Mineralogy, Mycology, Ornithology, and Zooarchaeology.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn about natural history museums and natural history collections by working closely with collection staff collecting, accessioning, preparing, cataloging, and curating natural history collections. Interns will participate in museum tasks such as identification and preparation of specimens and data management. Other opportunities include participating in tours, outreach presentations at area schools, special events, preparation of displays, and field trips.

Internship (3 credit hours)

  • 7 hours per week spent working with collection with Curator for 105 total hours per semester.
  • Brief paper (2-3 pages) detailing experience due at the end of the semester

Summer Internship (3 credit hours)

  • 14 hours per week spent working with collection with Curator for 105 total hours per semester.
  • Brief paper (2-3 pages) detailing experience due at the end of the semester

Students interested in an internship should submit an application by November 1st for the following Spring and Summer internships or April 1st for the following Summer or Fall internships each semester. Most collections limit the number of interns they accept each semester and some collections may not take any interns in a given semester.  After a review of applications is conducted, the collection supervisors will hold interviews for potential interns and notify the internship coordinator of their decision. Once you have been accepted for the internship position you will be contacted with information on how to register for course credit. 

Internship Application


Intern helps with exhibit installation
Exhibit installation in Ecology.

An orientation meeting of all interns is held at the beginning of each semester, usually during the first week. All interns must attend this meeting. The exact date of this meeting varies from semester to semester and you should check with the internship coordinator before classes begin in order to know when the meeting is scheduled. 

The Natural History internship is not normally available for enrollment during the drop/add period. The internship is unpaid and only available to undergraduates enrolled through the University of Georgia. The internship is not available for Maymester or Summer short sessions and students can participate in the internship program for up to two different semesters.  

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