Field Museum Women in Science Summer Internships

This summer the Field Museum of Natural History continues its program of offering undergraduate summer internships through its Women in Science program. Applications for these competitive and prestigious internships are due by March 28th, and are available in the scientific fields of urban spatial analysis, economic botany, and mammalian evolution. The following info is directly from the FMNH website.

Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) and Women’s Board of The Field Museum are proud to offer three paid undergraduate 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 Undergraduate Internship program is a 6-week long internship from June 23, 2014 – August 4, 2014. 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.

Applications are due March 28th and internship recipients will be notified by April 18th.

Application Instructions:

1. Click here and locate internship application title
2. Fill out provided application (complete one application for each project you are applying to)
3. Attach your current resume to application
4. One letter of recommendation from a non-family member is required. Please have the referee title it ‘Name_Undergrad_Reference’ and send it directly to

Project Descriptions:

Undergraduate Internship #1
Title: Intern (Undergraduate) Women in Science, Spatial Analysis of Urban Wildlife
Project: Spatial Analysis of Urban Wildlife: Working with species occurrence data from either the Field Museum McCormick Bird Collection or from trap camera data collected by Lincoln Park Zoo in 2011 the intern will test human caused drivers of species movement or migration. The intern will work with ecologists and spatial analysis experts to identify possible drivers and use spatial analysis software to test their theory and produce maps. Interns will download and organize spatial and natural history data, generate maps, and will have opportunities to accompany staff on limited field work in the Chicago region. Students interested in environmental conservation, urban ecology, and/or Geographic Information Systems are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Excel, have the ability to multitask, and strong preference will be given to experience using ESRI ArcGIS.

Undergraduate Internship #2
Title: Intern (Undergraduate) Women in Science, Southern Mexican Economic Botany
Project: Southern Mexican Economic Botany: At two sites in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, where researchers have conducted excavations into prehispanic contexts, botanical surveys of the current on-site plant communities also have been implemented.  These surveys reveal that the living plant communities represent, in large part, a remnant of the plants that were tended or cultivated at these localities more than a millennium ago. The intern will learn to identify dried plant samples collected in Mexico and research past and current uses of these species by indigenous peoples in Mexico and will use the herbarium collection to identify some of the plants that we collected from these sites and to contribute to our efforts to record the past and present uses of these plants. Students with interest in botany as well as human uses of plants are encouraged to apply and should have a strong attention to detail.

Undergraduate Internship #3
Title: Intern (Undergraduate) Women in Science, Evolution of the Mammalian Feeding System
Project: Using museum collections to track the developmental and biomechanical evolution of the mammalian feeding system: How do developmental processes and functional demands influence the evolution of morphology? In particular, how do the developmental contingencies in the skulls of rodents relate to the evolution of their immensely complex feeding systems that have been utilized in a striking array of functional roles from herbivory to carnivory? In this project, a student will have the opportunity to test various predictions in this system, including their own, by collecting morphometric data from the skulls of rodents to quantify functional morphology and look for patterns of developmental covariation. The intern will learn to to acquire and analyze morphometric data and will work within the Field Museum Mammal Collection, utilizing the vast numbers of specimens. Students with interests in paleomammalogy, mammal evolution, and use of scientific collections are encouraged to apply.


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