Summer Internships – Insect Biodiversity and Evolution

dragonfly perched on twig

Coryphaeschna adnexa, the Blue faced Darner. Some interns will work with dragonflies and damselflies, on a project aimed at improving our collection and modeling their distributions. Photo (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Carlos De Soto Molinari. Click for original.

The research team at the Frost Entomological Museum seeks four undergraduate summer interns to assist with projects related to insect biodiversity and evolution. Interns will receive training in fieldwork, curation, biodiversity informatics, specimen collection and preparation, microscopy, diagnostics, and, depending on his/her project: taxonomy, rearing, dissection, GC-MS, transcriptomics, niche modeling, 3D reconstruction, histology, and novel approaches to visualizing insect anatomy.

To apply, please see the Penn State jobs website:
Applicants must submit the following materials by March 31, 2016:

  1. résumé, including relevant courses
  2. a list of three references
  3. cover letter describing research experience, interests, and career goals

The internships last 8 weeks and can be extended up to 10 weeks, depending on the project. The stipend is approximately $550 per week, and incumbents are responsible for their own housing.

UPDATE (9 Feb 2016): Recent BA/BS/etc. graduates are eligible to apply. The internship is intended for students who have not yet started grad school.

Contact info:

Andrew R. Deans, director
Frost Entomological Museum
Department of Entomology
501 ASI Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802 USA

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

2 mm long wasp glued to a tiny point made from cardstock

Small parasitoid wasp, Conostigmus albovarius. At least one intern will be helping us understand the biology of these amazing insects. Photo (CC BY 2.0) by Carolyn Trietsch. Click for original.

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2 Responses to Summer Internships – Insect Biodiversity and Evolution

  1. Sinthia says:

    Are international students eligible to apply?

  2. Andy Deans says:

    If the international student has the appropriate visa s/he would be eligible to work, I assume.

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