Research Internships

Volunteer Internships provide qualified college students and adults with professional skills in various areas of museum operations and education. While we are not able to offer a stipend, we feel that our internships are credit-worthy should your school allow you to use it in that way. High school students fulfilling an “internship” for their school should consider job opportunities listed in volunteering.

For a more detailed job description and application information for any of the internships listed below contact: Lois Kuter, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 215-299-1029.

Go to Internships for intern opportunities outside the sciences.

Current Research Internship Opportunities:

Botany Department

Internships of variable duration are offered for undergraduate students. Interested individuals will work with staff members to design an internship of appropriate focus given the student's interests and goals. Opportunities are available to gain curatorial knowledge and skills as well as to work with curators on research projects. From time to time, paying internships of other sorts may be available at the herbarium. For information about additional paid and unpaid internships contact the Botany Department.

Flora of Pennsylvania Intern

Application Deadline: February 15, 2012

The Flora of Pennsylvania Internship is a year-long remunerative opportunity available in collaboration with the Morris Arboretum. The internship starts in June 2012 and includes six hours of graduate credit at the University of Pennsylvania.

Time is split between the Botany Departments of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The Morris Arboretum is located in northwest Philadelphia. Facilities include botanical laboratories, greenhouses, and an extensive outdoor living collection of trees and shrubs. The Academy of Natural Sciences, in Center City Philadelphia, is the oldest natural history museum in the United States, including a herbarium of more than 1.5 million specimens. Facilities available at the Academys include the Laboratory for Molecular Systematics & Ecology. The Intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Tatyana Livshultz at the Academy and Dr. Timothy A. Block at Morris Arboretum.

Internship Duties
The internship provides work experience in all aspects of managing collections in a major herbarium and an opportunity to contribute to a modern state flora program through a research project on some aspect of the flora of Pennsylvania. Duties include curation of botanical collections at The Academy of Natural Science , and participation in the Pennsylvania Flora Project at the Morris Arboretum (

As a member of the internship group at the Morris Arboretum, the Pennsylvania Flora Intern will participate in workshops, seminars, and field trips designed to demonstrate the varied aspects of management and operation of a public garden. The appointment includes a stipend plus University of Pennsylvania benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and tuition coverage for an additional 6 graduate credit hours.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in botany, or biology with course work in botany.

To Apply
All applicants must complete the Penn online application process. Go to Click on the link to staff positions. Click on the Search Postings button in the left column. In the school/center box, select Morris Arboretum. Select Pennsylvania Flora Internship from the list of openings. Follow the instructions to complete the application. Print and sign a copy of the completed application and send to the address below.

Also, send a letter of application including statement of interest in the internship, official college transcript(s), and have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Pennsylvania Flora Internship
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

For more information, call or email:
Dr. Timothy A. Block
(215) 247-5777, ext. 130

Marcellus Shale Research Interns

Research interns are needed to assist with the Marcellus Shale surface water impact assessment project in the upper Susquehanna Basin late spring and summer of 2011. Ideal candidates would be engaged in both the field work portion (requiring overnight stays) as well as the laboratory work at the Academy to analyze and process data and specimens collected. Internships would be unpaid but will provide great hands-on experience and we will be happy to cooperate with students able to arrange to get credits from their college or university for this experience. Applicants should have some experience in ecology and environmental sciences and be highly motivated and interested in experiencing ecological research firsthand. For more detailed information about this opportunity and its specific requirements contact Lois Kuter, Volunteer Coordinator, at .