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:

Flora of Pennsylvania Intern

The Flora of Pennsylvania Internship is a year-long remunerative opportunity available in collaboration with the Morris Arboretum. The internship starts in June of each year 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 Sciences, and participation in the Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis digitization 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. For more information about the internship and how to apply go to: