Paleontology Internship Opportunities

There are many internship opportunities across the country available to undergraduate and graduate students in college, early-career professional paleontologists, and even some for enthusiastic high-school students. Check out the great opportunities listed below and let us know if we've missed one!


The BBPI has many excellent opportunities for students to gain valuable experience and build their resumes.  These are also opportunities which would be an enormous help in advancing our mission. Internship opportunities with the BBPI may include:

  • Fossil preparation

  • Collections digitization

  • Education

  • Marketing/Promotion

  • Grant Writing/Development

  • Web Developer

  • Nonprofit Management

We also believe in providing at least a modest stipend in exchange for all of that hard work.  Please consider donating now to make excellent opportunities like these possible. If you are interested in interning, please contact us.  


Looking to beef up your resume?

As you can see below, paleontology internships are few and far between, and there are a lot of students and recent graduates out there looking for the same opportunities.  

Need an opportunity to strengthen your resume?  

Consider joining our field expeditions!  Whether you join as an Expedition Crew Member or register for our 3-credit course, you'll get the experience needed to set yourself apart from the other applicants.  

Our past Student Crew Members have a 100% success rate for graduate school acceptance!



The BBPI and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are proud to partner with the Bureau of Land Management to host a paid internship, primarily preparing and processing fossils collected by the BBPI on public lands. Most are dinosaur fossils, but may also include fossilized remains of microvertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and rock specimens. The intern will be trained by Academy paleontologists in modern vertebrate fossil preparation techniques, and modern curation procedures.

This position has been filled but check back often - we hope to host this internship every year.

  • Located in Philadelphia, PA

  • 600 hours, $15/hr

  • January through May 2019


Academy of Natural sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts an education internship in its Dinosaur Hall.  There also may be opportunities in the Dinosaur Hall Fossil Prep Lab, where interns may have the opportunity to prepare fossil specimens collected during BBPI field expeditions. 


Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Our friends at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center offer amazing internship opportunities that include field work, fossil preparation, education, and research.  The position includes a stipend and housing facilities.  Please see the linked pdf for details.  Applications are often due in February.


Great Plains Dinosaur Museum & Field Station

The GPDM museum is offering two paid internship positions throughout summer 2018.  One is designed to provide hands on experience and throughout the day-to-day operations and the second position is for fossil preparation.  


The Mammoth Site

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota is offering up to 9 paid summer internships in 2017. Interns will be responsible for public interpretation and education, fossil conservation, and research assistance. 


Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science often offers several exciting internship opportunities, including a paid, field-based program in the Late Cretaceous Kaiparowits and Wahweap formations of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 


Ashfall Fossil Beds

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Nebraska offers several paid summer internships for field studies in vertebrate paleontology. Applications accepted during month of January. Internships open to college students with coursework in geological and biological sciences pertaining to vertebrate paleontology. Request application and details of internship at


Smithsonian Institution

The National Museum of Natural History offers numerous internship opportunies throughout their many departments.  The Paleobiology/Education Summer Internship is a paid position that focuses on fossil-based activities and visitor engagement.  


Cleveland Museum of Natural HIstory

The Kirtlandia Research Internship Program at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History offers paid summer internship opportunities to college students in a number of fields.  Check here often for updates on possible paleontology internship positions.  


Yale Peabody Museum of Natural HIstory

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History hosts an internship focused on Paleontological Experience and Collections Experience.  This is a paid summer field opportunity in the Triassic rocks of Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park.  


Paleontological Research Institute

The Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, New York offers flexible internship opportunities at the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center.  Contact Amanda Kelly at volunteer(at) for details.  


National Parks Service - GeoScientists-in-the-Park Program

The National Park Service's GeoScientists-In-The-Parks Program offers individuals opportunities for paid internships in various national parks and monuments.  Check out their website for details.