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Get involved

The collections have opportunities for students and members of the broader community to become involved, but what is available differs by collection, so please contact the staff of the collection in which you are interested for details.

If you are not sure which of these opportunities is right for you, you may find the answer in this blog post.

Research positions

Researchers may have opportunities for students to become involved with research projects. These include possibilities for research credit, possibly resulting in an honors thesis, or paid positions.

Collections internships

Some collections have programs for students to learn about collections management and preservation, which can be taken for credit.

An internship in a museum collection can be a lot of fun. You will learn skills useful for your future career and life in general. Read testimonials from interns in the herbarium, the tetrapods collection and check out some photos from the insect collection.


Volunteering in a collection can be great way to become involved with natural history collections work and to make a meaningful contribution to the university's mission. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and indicate the following:

- your name and contact information

- your primary area of interest

- any special skills you would like to use (e.g. social media, writing, organizing, general computer use)

Read about the experience of two long-time volunteers in the herbarium.