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The American Museum of Natural History

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About The American Museum of Natural History:

The American Museum of Natural History is located in New York City on Central Park West at 79th Street. It was founded in 1869 based on a proposal by Albert Smith Bickmore and supported by the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, J. Piermont Morgan, William E. Dodge, and other prominent citizens of the time. The cornerstone for the first building at the existing locations was laid by U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in 1874.

The Museum began a series of major improvements in 1996, including the renovation of the Fossil Halls, the construction of the Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space from 1996 to 2000, and the addition of The Judy and Josh Weston Pavilion in 2001. In 2006 the Museum became the basis for the movie "A Night at the Museum" starring Ben Stiller. Subsequently the Museum began Night at the Museum Sleepovers for families and groups with children ages 6 to 13.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the most preeminent scientific institutions in the world. The Museum’s goal has been to advance a global mission of discovering, interpreting, and disseminating facts and data about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. They accomplish this through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibits. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions, which serve as a field guide and present a panorama of the world's cultures. Its’ dedicated Employees and Interns serve in a wide variety of ways as part of the Museum community.

Internships & Fellowships offered by the Museum of Natural History include:

The Anthropology Internship Program:

Students interested in anthropology or a related field can get experience and exposure to the field through this internship offered by The American Natural Museum of History. Students interested in an Anthropology internship should specify their area of interest to ensure that the appropriate staff members receive the application.

Collections and current research interests of the curatorial staff includes North, South, and Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnology; Asian, African and Pacific ethnology; and Human Biology. Internships may also be considered in collections management, archives, and conservation.


Monthly stipends are provided through grants for periods of up to two months to one year. Students must work a minimum of two days per week in order to receive a paid internship. The amount of the stipend will vary based on the work schedule that is established by the museum staff members. Some internships will not be eligible for a stipend.

To Apply:

Applicants interested in an Anthropology internship must complete the application form online.

Deadline to Apply:

The deadline to apply for an Anthropology internship is April 1 for the summer or fall semester and December 1 for spring internships starting in January.

Applications should be sent to:

Chair, Division of Anthropology American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West and 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

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