The Cleveland Museum of Natural History offers eight week paid summer internships to college students pursuing degrees in natural sciences. 

The summer of 2017 entomology internship:

Thousands of tropical praying mantis specimens are housed at the Museum, including 8,500 specimens on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. In this internship, the student, under the guidance of the curator, will sort specimens, identify species, curate drawers, and expand an online database. The overall goal of this work is to fully reorganize an active research collection for better data management and specimen care. This project will involve the use of taxonomic keys and an understanding of complex morphological features, and will require identification of specimens, database entry and collections work.


The Kirtlandia Research Internship Program allows students to gain hands-on experience in fields in which they may be considering careers. They get a sense of what working at a professional level in these areas requires. Students also receive the satisfaction of knowing they have made real contributions to science through their summer's work. They present the results of their research at the Kirtlandia Society's annual August luncheon meeting.


  • Duration: Eight weeks, exact dates to be arranged with direct supervisor
  • Compensation: $11 per hour, plus up to $200 for expenses for materials required by the project, minus payroll deductions 
  • Who May Apply: U.S. citizens who are college undergraduates (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or who have graduated from college in the current year
For more information and to apply:

Gavin J Svenson, Ph.D. 
Assistant Director of Science
Curator and Head of Invertebrate Zoology 
Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106