The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology is excited to announce the launch of the ACCESS Paleo SoCal Internship developed in collaboration with the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
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.
The ACCESS Paleo SoCal internship is intended to recruit students from historically excluded and underrepresented groups or communities currently enrolled at a two-year institution who seek to transfer to four-year institutions in pursuit of a degree in paleontology, museum science, and other related fields.
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.
Funding for this internship was generously provided by the David B. Jones Foundation.
For more information about the ACCESS SoCal Paleo Internship or to apply, please visit: https://www.alfmuseum.org/about-us/internships/