The Department welcomes qualified scholars and professionals from around the world who are interested in utilizing the collections and facilities of the NMNH for on-site research and study. Visiting researchers must request a visit well in advance of the anticipated arrival to ensure approvals, availability of collections, appropriate workspace, and other details. Researchers must comply with all export compliance regulations.
For additional information and guidelines visit our Collections Access page.
Fellowships provide an opportunity for scholars to conduct resident, independent study under the guidance of an NMNH staff advisor.
Internships offer undergraduate, graduate and advanced high school students a mentor-guided experience designed to meet their learning objectives. Internships can vary in length, commitment, and educational prerequisites. Some internships include a stipend, which can vary in amount; some are unpaid. In addition to onsite internships, there are listings for virtual opportunities for anyone unable to relocate.
The Department hosts many volunteers who assist in research and collections task. A minimum commitment of 3 consecutive months is required and at least 6 hours per week.
There are currently no contracting opportunities within the Department of Paleobiology.
The Smithsonian is always seeking creative and diverse candidates for a variety of positions. View Current Openings