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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.

Overview

Internships provide the opportunity to meet and work with scientists from around the world, gain hands-on experience in academia and research, and delve into Panama’s rich ecosystems and culture. 
Internships generally involve specific roles within Smithsonian research projects but also encourage interns to bring new ideas and questions to the table. Smithsonian Internships often have a profound impact on young academics at early career stages, and can lead to new research projects at the Smithsonian in Panama.

Before you apply

Internships are intended for undergraduates, recent graduates, and Master's students. Interns are selected based on merit and potential for achievement. However, placement depends upon finding a match between the applicant's interest and a suitable research project overseen by a STRI scientist or research associate. We encourage applicants to directly contact potential supervisors. Staff research profiles and contact information can be found here and a list of research affiliates is on this document starting at page 244. If you are having trouble identifying someone whose research interests align with your own or contacting a scientist, please contact us here.

Current Internships opportunities

STRI Internships

Deadlines

February 15, September 15

Duration

Three months

Program dates

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

Description

Individual applicants will be selected to conduct research under the supervision of scientist at STRI. Interns will work closely with their research mentor, becoming an integral participant in the scientist's larger research agenda. Additionally, interns will be encouraged to reflect on the conceptual and research implications of the work at hand so that they may maximize their understanding of a particular subject area.

Eligibility

Undergraduates, recent graduates and Master's students interested in the research areas represented by STRI's scientific staff.

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

February 15, June 15, September 15

Duration

Three to six months

Program dates

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

Description

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

Eligibility

Panama’s sciences and technology Secretariat provides three to six month internships to Panamanian students at local universities so they can work alongside STRI staff scientists for three months.

Award

Internships last three to six months and include a monthly stipend of $1000 US to cover room and board. This internship does not include any travel or research allowances.

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