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Kirtlandia Research Internship Program

The Kirtlandia Research Internship Program offers summer internships to college students earning a degree in the natural sciences. Students selected to participate have the opportunity to spend eight weeks working with Museum curators on research projects.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Kirtlandia Society has sponsored the program since 1980. The society raises money to cover each intern's salary, expenses and tax obligations. To support the Kirtlandia Research Internship Program, donate now.
Former Research Interns, Adopt-A-Students and program alumni—we want hear about your Museum experience and subsequent career! Email Ann S. DuFresne at to share your story.

Program Goals

The Kirtlandia Research Internship Program allows students to gain hands-on experience in fields in which they may be considering careers. They get a sense of what working at a professional level in these areas requires. Students also receive the satisfaction of knowing they have made real contributions to science through their summer's work. They present the results of their research at the Kirtlandia Society's annual August luncheon meeting.

General Information

  • Duration: Eight weeks, exact dates to be arranged with direct supervisor
  • Compensation: $8.10 per hour, plus up to $200 for expenses for materials required by the project, minus payroll deductions 
  • Who May Apply: U.S. citizens who are college undergraduates (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or who have graduated from college in the current year

Please Note

  • Each intern must present the results of his/her project in a 5-minute talk and poster display at the August Kirtlandia Society meeting.
  • Projects may not be offered in all Museum areas each year. 
  • Most projects, but not all, require fieldwork and lab work. 
  • Several projects require students to provide their own transportation. 
  • Students must provide for their own housing.

Available Positions

See 2016 opportunities on the Research Areas & Projects page.

When to Apply

Completed applications are due in early March. Curators who will be supervising summer projects interview candidates for each position. Awards are announced by mid-April.

How to Apply

1. Complete the application form.

2. Write a brief statement that:
  • Explains your choice of preferred research areas 
  • Mentions your interests, previous work experience and other pertinent information that might support your application 
  • Indicates how you expect to benefit from your experience as a Research Intern
3. Obtain two letters of recommendation from your professors or instructors.


Contact Ann S. DuFresne at 216-231-4600 x3243 or