Internships

If you’re interested in a career from science to nonprofit management, consider an internship to learn from some of the best in the business.

Two interns stand behind a table displaying objects from the Field Museum’s collection. One speaks with the two people in front of her, gesturing as if she’s showing the size of something.

Every year, we offer hundreds of internships to talented students who get hands-on experience and a look at the inner workings of our world-class institution.

There are important roles for interns in many departments. Depending on skills and interests, interns may assist with anything from fundraising and educational program development to research, collections management, and exhibition development.

Eligibility

Full- and part-time internships at the Field Museum are open to college undergraduates and graduate-level students of all majors, as well as recent graduates. For certain internships, you may be able to obtain funding or academic credit through your educational institution. Check with your career services center for more information.

High school students are eligible for internship opportunities through several formal programs. We also welcome high school students as summer volunteers.

Learn More About Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students 

Benefits

We offer both paid and unpaid internships. The educational value of any internship here makes for a memorable and rewarding experience.

You’ll have an opportunity to work alongside other interns who share your interests, as well as scientists and researchers who are global leaders in their fields. Throughout the summer, we offer a full schedule of activities and events just for interns, and you’ll also snag invites to staff events and exclusive exhibition previews.

The icing on this already-excellent cake: interns get free admission to our museum as well as other area museums and cultural institutions.

Opportunities

Summer internship programs

We offer several science-focused, paid internship programs every summer, each with a specific focus and structured program. Opportunities include:

  • DNA Residency for High School Students: Chicago-area high school students have the opportunity to conduct genetic research with accomplished scientists. Students join a current research program and use blood and tissue samples from our collections to extract, amplify, sequence, and analyze DNA.
  • Field Museum Women in Science Internships: These opportunities encourage diversity throughout the museum. Undergraduate and high school students gain knowledge and experience in the sciences through collections-based research and practice communicating science to a broader community.
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates: At least eight students take part in this 10-week, biodiversity-focused program. Participants undertake independent research projects supervised by scientists in disciplines such as paleontology, molecular phylogenetics, and conservation.
  • Environmental Leadership Internship: In conjunction with the Calumet Is My Backyard (CIMBY) program, this internship is open to high school students seeking to work on an environmental issue in their community.
  • Chicago Green Ambassadors Program: This internship for high school and undergraduate students focuses on connecting neighborhoods and green spaces along Chicago’s Burnham Wildlife Corridor.
  • Digital Learning and Science Research Internship: High school students have the chance to gain hands-on experience in our collections and use their observations to create an interactive digital game.

Ongoing internship opportunities

Check our Careers page for other internship opportunities in departments across the museum, from marketing to exhibitions. Listings are generally added two to four months prior to the internship start date, and internships can take place at any time during the year.

If you’re interested in an internship that isn’t described here, check out our staff list and contact the person you’re hoping to work with directly. In your message, include information about the type of work you’re interested in, why you’re seeking an internship with this staff member, your availability, and whether you require a paid internship.

Additionally, we partner with One Summer Chicago and After School Matters to place interns in our guest relations department. Please apply directly through those organizations to be considered.