This summer, the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is offering an exciting internship opportunity available to rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors focused on documenting and communicating climate threats to sensitive species in rural southwest Virginia!
This paid internship opportunity is offered through the Smithsonian Institution's Leadership for Change internship program and takes place from June 10 through August 2, 2024. Accepted interns will work 4 weeks at the museum and in the field, as well as 4 weeks working virtually at the intern's home location.
About the Internship
Leadership for Change interns will work with VMNH staff, such as Myriapodologist Dr. Jackson Means (picture above) and Assistant Curator of Herpetology Dr. Arianna Kuhn (pictured below) to connect various audiences ranging from pre-K to the general public with information on how a changing climate will impact faunal communities found in rural Southwest Appalachia –– one of the most biodiverse temperate regions on the continent.
VMNH works to document and monitor biological diversity in this region, and interns will participate in sampling and survey events targeting invertebrates (e.g., millipedes, spiders) and amphibians (e.g., salamanders, frogs) with the Herpetology and Recent Invertebrate Departments. Field work will be followed by laboratory processing of specimens in museum collections and databases.
How to Apply
The application deadline is February 26, 2024. This internship opportunity is offered through the Smithsonian Institution's Leadership for Change internship program and managed by the Smithsonian Affiliations office. Interested applicants must apply via the Leadership for Change internship program website.