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Internships

Working alongside scientists
from around the world

As a STRI academic appointee, Erin Dillon has pioneered methodology
that uses shark scales from modern and fossil reefs to piece together
changes in shark communities over time. Here, she works on a 
fossil outcrop in the Dominican Republic during an expedition
with Aaron O’Dea lab.

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Internships

Working alongside scientists
from around the world

As a STRI intern Dylan Gomes led a research project
that was published in the journal Science.

Camila Monje

Internships

Working alongside scientists
from around the world

As an intern in the paleontology lab of staff scientist Carlos Jaramillo,
Camila Monje from Bogotá’s Universidad de los Andes, collected fossilized
seeds from trees that lived in modern-day Panama many millions of years ago.

Note: The Internship Program at STRI is restarting. The next deadline is November 15, 2021. Please see click the Internship Opportunities link for research projects and potential mentors.

Overview

Join our active scientific community for an amazing, hands-on research experience in the tropics. Internships offer a way-in for undergraduates, recent graduates and beginning graduate students. At the same time that you learn more about the research process, scientists get to know you, leading to future opportunities.

Internship Programs

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama offers different types of internship programs.

STRI General Internship Program

Competitive program funded by the Smithsonian and generous donors open to all nationalities.

Deadlines

2021 deadline is November 15 at 11:59 PM (GMT-5).
2022 deadlines: February 15 and September 15.

Duration

Three months.

Program dates

Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program approximately 6-8 weeks after each application deadline. Internships usually begin approximately two months after notification of acceptance into the program, but the start date is flexible.

Description

The purpose of the STRI General Internship Program is to provide a place for internship applicants who are generally interested in STRI’s science to pursue a research experience with one of our scientific mentors based on their interests. Interns are selected based on merit and potential for achievement. We encourage you to review the projects listed on our Internship Opportunities page to find a match between your academic interests and a suitable research project overseen by STRI scientists. If have troubles identifying a suitable project, you could learn more about our scientific staff and research associates scientific interests on their webpages. Twice each year, a committee meets to distribute Federal funds and funds from generous donors who support our internship program. Certain funds are especially designated to support Latin American scholars. Applications are received through the Smithsonian Institution Online Academic Appointments system (SOLAA).

Eligibility

Application is open to all nationalities. Undergraduates and recent graduates interested in the research areas represented by STRI scientists.

Award

Internships last three months and include a monthly stipend of $1,000 US to cover room and board. This internship does not include any travel or research allowances.

STRI-SENACYT Internships

Deadlines

Open applications, 2021.

Duration

Three to six months.

Program dates

Internships usually begin approximately two months after notification of acceptance into the program.

Description

Panama’s science and technology secretariat (SENACYT) provides internships to Panamanian students at local universities (undergraduates, recent graduates, and Master's students) so they can work alongside STRI scientists. This program is designed to enhance intellectual development and give students real world experience working alongside professionals here at STRI.

Eligibility

Applicants need to be:

  1. Panamanian,
  2. currently enrolled in a Bachelor or MS program at a Panamanian university or have obtained a BS or MS degree within the past 2 years (also from a Panamanian university), and
  3. able to work full time on site.
Award

Internships last three to six months and include a monthly stipend of $1000 US to cover room and board and health allowance. This internship may cover transportation expenses within Panama.

Internships funded by researchers

Description

Sometimes a research project has its own funding, and a scientist or graduate student is able to pay an intern. For information about current opportunities, visit our Internship Opportunities page.

Self-funded internships

The intern is funded by their own university or another source. You have the option to  contact directly a potential mentor from the list of our scientific staff and research associates or learn about our Internship Opportunities page. Once you have identified a project and mentor, please contact the academic programs office at STRIFellows@si.edu to let you know the next steps.

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