Intern working with GMNH Collections

Each semester the faculty, staff, and students of the Georgia Museum of Natural History welcome undergraduates as Natural History interns to enjoy a hands-on course with the Museum. Interns receive supervised experiential learning working directly with the faculty, staff, and other students curating one of the natural history collections affiliated with the Georgia Museum of Natural History or with education and outreach programs. Collections available for internships are: Archaeology, Arthropods, Botany, Economic Geology, Herpetology, Genomics and Marine Invertebrates, Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mammalogy, Mineralogy, Mycology, Ornithology, and Zooarchaeology.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn about natural history museums and natural history collections by working closely with collection staff collecting, accessioning, preparing, cataloging, and curating natural history collections. Interns will participate in such museum tasks as identification and preparation of specimens and data management. Other opportunities include participating in tours, outreach presentations at area schools, special events, preparation of displays, and field trips.

There are two credit options for the internship program during fall and spring semesters: 

Internship (4 credit hours)

  • Attend weekly seminar (2 hours) for field trips, behind the scene tours, and other museum experiences. In Fall 2019, the weekly seminar will be Mondays during 5th and 6th periods (from 12:20pm - 2:15pm.) 
  • 7 hours per week spent working with collection with Curator for 105 total hours per semester.
  • Brief paper (2-3 pages) detailing experience due at the end of the semester

Internship (3 credit hours)

  • 7 hours per week spent working with collection with Curator for 105 total hours per semester.
  • Brief paper (2-3 pages) detailing experience due at the end of the semester

Summer Internship (3 credit hours)

  • 14 hours per week spent working with collection with Curator for 105 total hours per semester.
  • Brief paper (2-3 pages) detailing experience due at the end of the semester

 

Intern helps with exhibit installation

Students interested in an internship should first contact the faculty/staff of the collection in which they are interested. Most collections limit the number of Interns they accept each semester and some semesters a specific collection will not be able to accept an intern, so please contact the Collection you are interested in working with early in the registration process. Once approved for a project, please contact Dr. Suzanne Pilaar Birch for approval to register for course credit.

An orientation meeting of all interns is held at the beginning of each semester, usually during the first week. All interns must attend this meeting. The exact date of this meeting varies from semester to semester and you should check with your supervisor before classes begin in order to know when the meeting is scheduled. For Summer 2019 this meeting will be held June 6th at 5:00 pm and the Fall 2019 meeting is scheduled for August 15th at 5:00pm. 

The Natural History internship is not normally available for enrollment during the drop/add period. The internship is unpaid and only available to undergraduates enrolled through the University of Georgia. The internship is not available for Maymester or Summer short sessions and students can participate in the internship program for up to two different semesters.  

Please be sure to follow our social media accounts for updates and information about upcoming programs and opportunities. Like the GMNH Internship on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more information. 

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch (sepbirch@uga.edu, 706-542-4171) or one of the collections listed below. 

Eligible Supervisors

Archaeology

Dr. Jennifer Birch
   jabirch@uga.edu

Dr. Suzanne Birch
   sepbirch@uga.edu

Dr. Erv Garrison
   706-542-1097
   egarriso@uga.edu

Amanda Thompson
   706-542-8737
   arobthom@uga.edu 

Dr. Victor Thompson
   706-542-1480 
   vdthom@uga.edu
 

Bioarchaeology

Dr. Laurie Reitsema
   reitsema@uga.edu

Entomology/Arthropods

Rick Hoebeke
   706-542-5572
   rhoebeke@uga.edu

Dr. Joe McHugh
   706-542-3574
   mchugh.jv@gmail.com
 

Geology

Dr. Doug Crowe
   706-542-2382
   dcrowe@uga.edu

Dr. Erv Garrison
   706-542-1097
   egarriso@uga.edu

Dr. Paul Schroeder
   706-542-2384
   schroe@uga.edu

Dr. Sally Walker
   706-542-2396
   swalker@uga.edu
 

Mycology

Dr. Richard Hanlin
   706-542-1280
   rhanlin@uga.edu

Dr. D. Jean. Lodge
   787-422-7424
   dlodgester@gmail.com  

Plant Biology

Steven Hughes
   706-583-0565
   sthughes@uga.edu

Dr. W. B. Zomlefer 
   706-583-0389
   wendyz@uga.edu
 

Zoology

Genomics and Invertebrate Zoology 

Dr. J. P. Wares
   706-542-7815
jpwares@uga.edu

Ichthyology

Dr. B. J. Freeman
   706-542-6032
   bud@hemip.nhm.uga.edu

Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians

Nikki Castleberry
   706-542-3940
   neotoma@uga.edu

Zooarchaeology

Dr. Elizabeth Reitz
   706-542-1464
   ereitz@uga.edu