The 6-week programme over Summer provides real practical training to students wishing to pursue a career in palaeontology. Ideal for students who want to get into the thick of it and not watch from the sidelines.
Components included in the itinerary are palaeontological coservation, fossil preparation, museum curation, scientific communication, public outreach, fossil digitisation, CT training, field work, research and more.
The internship programme is FREE. Our corporate sponsor Neo Jurassica covers the costs of all tuition, training and resources within the internship programme.
We have designed this programme to be as accessible as possible to all students.
A fantastic part of the programme is collaborating with fellow palaeontology students from different univesities. The programme brings together students with from a diverse range of backgrounds with a shared passion for palaeontology.
One key component of the internship is fossil preparation. Students get taught to use pneumatic tools to prepare fossils for public display and for furthering scientific research in the best-equipped lab for fossil preparation in the nation.
Learn all about the latest technology in palaeontology and how to utilise it as part of the internship. From cutting-edge microscopes to micro-CT scanning, interns get to develop skills through practical use of the equipment in the imaging laboratories of the museum.
Students get the opportunity to learn practical conservation techniques for geological objects. From chemical to physical treatments, interns learn how best to approach conservation of museum specimens.
A great part of the internship is reaching out to the local community. Students take part in local events raising public awareness for palaeontology, attend fairs and host talks at nearby venues.
All interns get the opportunity to communicate scientific topics with the public and the academic community. This includes public lectures, symposium abstract development and conferences with academics.
As part of the internship students get to learn curatorial mechanics, such as specimen registration, object accession, cataloging, database maintenance, loan procedure execution, exhibition management, public display development and interacting with researchers.
One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of the internship is field work. Interns get a chance to learn practical skills in the field they wouldn't learn through hobby fossil hunting. Skills such as GPS training, field XRF, OSL sample analysis, field geochemistry, grid referencing, transect surveys, site photogrammetry, mattock & trowel training, trenching and much more.
The Internship Programme operates during summer for 6 weeks, July - August.
The application process is usually announced in February with a set deadline in April.
Applicants must be enrolled in or have recently graduated from a University programme in Palaeontology, Geology, Zoology, Earth Science or a related discipline.
All costs of training and travel for fieldwork are included in the programme, accommodation costs and bursaries are not included.
2024 Application Deadline: Friday 12th April (23:59 p.m.)
For more information, download the internship programme below or contact the Programme Lead Oliver Weeks (Curator of Earth Sciences) at email@example.com