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ACCESS Paleo SoCal Internship

The Advancing Community College Education and Student Success in paleontology project, or ACCESS, is a collaborative project created at the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) to build collaborations with local community colleges to increase access to STEM fields like geosciences & paleontology for students from historically excluded groups and communities. ACCESS Paleo SoCal is a branch of the project developed in collaboration between the Alf Museum and UCMP aimed to provide opportunities for students in Southern California.

Internship Description:
During this 7-week internship, students will be introduced to the fields of paleontology, geosciences, museum science, and science communication. Students will work with staff of the Alf Museum and mentors to learn basic skills and best practices in fossil preparation, curation, research, and science communication. Students will also be provided opportunities to begin to begin composing their transfer applications with staff and mentors. In addition, weekly field trips to other science institutions and universities where students will meet and learn about careers paths from other professionals in the field.

Following the end of the program, alumni of the program will be offered continued support through check-ins and other networking opportunities. Additional travel funds may be available for alumni of the program to attend professional conferences.

Internship Details:
Internships are a part-time commitment (21 hours/week Tuesday – Thursday) for a consecutive seven-week period. A stipend of $2,000 will be provided at the start of the internship.

Eligibility Information:
The ACCESS Paleo SoCal internship is intended to recruit students from historically excluded and underrepresented groups or communities (including but not limited to: students of color, students part of LGBTQIA+ communities, first generation college students, and students from low-income families) who seek to transfer to four-year institutions in pursuit of a degree in paleontology, museum science, and other related fields. Preference will be given to students who have not yet had extensive internship experiences prior to applying for this program.

Students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at a 2-year institution (community college). Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters by June 2022.
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, or Riverside counties.
  • Be a United States citizen or legally authorized to work, study, or reside in the US.

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Applications are now closed.


Apply to be an ACCESS Program Mentor

Mentorship Details:
During this 7-week program, mentors will gain experience mentoring community college students as part of the ACCESS Paleo Internship. Mentors will assist museum staff in introducing interns to topics such as fossil conservation, research, and science communication. Mentors will also assist in intern fieldtrips, workshops, and transfer application sessions.

Mentorships are a part-time commitment (21 hours/week Tuesday – Thursday) for a consecutive seven-week period. A stipend of $4,000 will be provided at the start of the internship.

Eligibility Information:
  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a 4-year institution majoring in biology, geology, or other natural history related field. Preference will be given to students who had attended or transferred from a 2-year community college.
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, or Riverside counties.
  • Be a United States citizen or legally authorized to work, study, or reside in the US.

Download full program description and eligibility information

Applications are now closed.


Funding:
Funding for this internship was generously provided through the David B. Jones Foundation.

For questions about the program such as eligibility or application process, please email Gabriel Santos at gsantos@alfmuseum.org