ACCESS Paleo SoCal Program
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 geoscience and paleontology for students from historically excluded and underrepresented groups and communities. ACCESS Paleo SoCal is a branch of the project started in 2021 and was developed in collaboration between the Alf Museum and UCMP to provide opportunities for students in Southern California. ACCESS Paleo SoCal is generously funded thanks to a grant from the David B. Jones Foundation.
During this 7-week program, interns will be introduced to the fields of paleontology, geosciences, museum science, and science communication. Interns will work with museum staff and mentors to learn skills in fossil preparation, collections management, and curation. Students will also be provided an opportunity to participate in a summer research project. In addition, weekly field trips to other science institutions and universities will provide students an opportunity to meet and learn about career paths from professionals currently in the field.
As part of the program, interns and mentors will be provided an opportunity to attend the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Fall 2023 to present the results of their research project. Following the program, ACCESS alumni will be offered continued support through check-ins and other networking opportunities.
Participation in the program is a part-time commitment (21 hours/week, Tuesday – Thursday) for a consecutive seven-week period from June 27 through August 10, 2023. Stipends will be provided for interns and mentors at the start of the program.
2023 Cohort Application Information:
The ACCESS Paleo SoCal internship is intended to recruit students from historically excluded groups or communities (including but not limited to: BIPOC, 2SLBGTQIA+, disabled students, first generation students) 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. Students must also:
- Be currently enrolled at a 2-year institution (community college).
- Have completed at least one semester or two quarters by June 2023.
- 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 United States.