The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, hosts a world-class research staff and unparalleled scientific research collections. NHRE summer internships pair undergraduates with museum scientists to complete a research project in Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mineral Science, Paleobiology, or Vertebrate Zoology. Although the majority of time during the internship is spent working on the research project, there are additional events including lectures, tours of museum collections, and other activities related to natural history research.
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is located on the National Mall in the heart of Washington DC. The program runs for 10 weeks starting the day after Memorial Day. Participating students will receive a stipend of $6,500. Right now, it is likely that NHRE 2021 will be a virtual experience, but if it shifts to an in-person program, interns will be provided with dormitory housing and relocation expenses.
Previous research experience is not required, and we encourage applications from minorities and members of other groups underrepresented in the sciences.
Questions about NHRE? Contact us at NHRE@si.edu
Funding for this REU site is provide by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science's (proposal number OCE-1560088) located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; you must apply to NHRE directly.