Marine Invertebrate Internship

The Zoology Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering a part time internship for Spring 2018 in our invertebrate collections. The Museum's marine invertebrate collection holds a diverse group of worldwide specimens, the largest portion being marine shells followed by terrestrial and freshwater shells, corals and echinoderms. This amazing collection dates from the early 1900's.

Knowledge and Skills Gained

  • An overview and appreciation of the complexity and variety of marine invertebrates, specifically mollusks, through organizing and databasing new lots into the collection
  • A clearer understanding of the responsibilities of natural history museums in preserving specimens and making the scientific data available to scientists at large
  • The steps required to curate and preserve specimens for future generations
  • The databasing process to provide scientific data about the collection to the public
  • Specific databasing skills including data entry, geolocation and digitization


  • A high school diploma or higher
  • Current or recent study in zoology, marine science, museum studies or a closely related field
  • Computer skills including Excel, Word, Google Earth, internet search and controls
  • Ideally, exposure to geolocation and digitization including PhotoShop
  • General internet, computer and data manipulation skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work with a variety of other people
  • Comfort moving heavy trays of specimens and climbing ladders 
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods when databasing

Part time position 8 – 16 hours per week. Preferred days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Interns will receive a $1,500 stipend for 150 intern hours

Application Deadline
Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Apply
Complete an online Marine Invertebrate Internship Application and submit a cover letter and CV to [email protected]

Paula Cushing, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology

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