Mentors for students in the YES! Program may come from any of the following departments*:
National Museum of Natural History
- Paleobiology – TBA
- Entomology – Students will compile a database of butterflies and moths collections that will be used to answer a variety of questions.
- Botany – Students will focus on adapting the botanical tissue sample collection into a standardized, more modern and more compact archival system.
- Mineral Sciences— TBA
- Invertebrate Zoology – TBA
- Vertebrate Zoology- Mammals Division—Students will assist with the organization of a collection of small mammals (shrews, mice, squirrels, bats, rabbits, etc.) and sort them by specimen number onto new specimen trays.
- Vertebrate Zoology- Birds Division –TBA
- Insect Zoo/Butterfly Pavilion – Students will assist with plant and insect care in the lab and exhibit and interact with museum visitors.
- Anthropology – An intern will work amongst a team to sort through 300+ ethnographic objects collected by William Louis Abbott in the Cenderawasih Bay of New Guinea during the early part of the twentieth century.
National Zoological Park
(Disclaimer: Students must be at least 16 years of age in order to be considered for an internship at the National Zoo)
- Amazonia – The intern will have the opportunity to be in a tropical rainforest environment without leaving D.C. Interns will get a unique experience working with many species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and bird species. In addition, the intern that works here will also have 2 hours of work at the Zoo’s Animal Hospital. For more information please check out the Zoo’s Amazonia website: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Amazonia/Exhibit/
- Asia Trail – One of the newest areas built at the Zoo back in 2006, Asia Trial will give the intern a broad spectrum of Asian species to work with. The intern will get hands on experience with cleaning; food preparation; some basic animal training techniques; and opportunities for public education. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about research data collection and behavior research topics. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AsiaTrail/
- Bird House — The intern will get hands on experience with cleaning, food preparation, and opportunities for public education. The widest variety of birds at the zoo live indoors at the Bird House where a series of smaller exhibits encircle a large indoor jungle complete with free-flying tropical birds. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Birds/Exhibit/bird_house.cfm
- Cheetah Station — Home of the fastest land mammal on earth, the cheetah and also the largest zebra species on the planet: Grevy’s Zebra. While working here, the intern will get a very diverse immersion in several African hoofed stock; the South American maned wolf; and the Australian Wallaby.
- Reptiles— At the Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center, you can experience the wonder and excitement of the reptilian and amphibian world. The intern will learn about these fascinating animals and develop a greater understanding of these unique and important species. The intern will assist Animal Keepers with daily cleaning feeding with the possibility of hands on experience working with some of the animals at RDC. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/ReptilesAmphibians/Exhibit/default.cfm
- Small Mammals — The intern will get hands on experience with cleaning; food preparation; public speaking opportunities during scheduled animal demonstrations. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/SmallMammals/smhouse.cfm
- Lions & Tigers –TBD
- American Trail –TBD
National Air and Space Museum
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