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Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
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Academy Internships

Internships at the Academy allow high school and college/university students to gain hands-on experience on the public floor, in the labs and collections archive, and out in the community. These programs are valuable stepping stones toward careers in the natural sciences.

In the Canopy With Waterbears and Wheelchairs

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“In the Canopy With Waterbears and Wheelchairs” is a summer research opportunity designed for eight undergraduate students—four with ambulatory disability and four without. The project’s goal is to define the taxonomy and distribution of tardigrades in the canopy and the herbivory of insects in a North American deciduous forest. All students will be professionally trained to ascend into the canopy and will learn to use remote sensing, GIS, image analysis, and scanning electron microscopy to document the microenvironment. Students will collaborate with the Academy’s Chief of Science and Sustainability, Dr. Meg Lowman, and other scientists to prepare their data for presentation and publication. Application deadline is March 14, 2014.

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Summer Systematics Institute


The Summer Systematics Institute, a hands-on, collections-based summer research program in evolutionary biology and the Internship in Biological Illustration are for undergraduate college/university students who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens.

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Careers in Science

The Careers in Science Intern Program (CiS) is a multi-year, year-round work-based youth development program for young people from groups typically under-represented in the sciences.

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Want to inspire school children, pin insects, classify specimens, or even help check animal health? There are many assignments for qualified volunteers. If you are 18 years or older and have an interest in science, get involved now!


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