STRI INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
|Thank you for your interest in an internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Internships are intended for undergraduates, recent graduates (post-bachelor’s) and beginning graduate students interested in advancing their professional goals and intellectual skills under the guidance of a scientist working at STRI. Internships give interns the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists from around the world, gain hands-on experience in their area of academic interest, and delve into Panama’s rich culture.
Interns will be selected based on merit and potential for achievement. However, placement depends upon the availability of a match between the applicant's interest and a new or ongoing project supervised by a STRI staff scientist. We encourage applicants to directly contact potential supervisors. Staff research profiles and contact information can be found here. If your research interests do not correspond to those of our staff, please let us know and we will send you a list of research affiliates and/or postdoctoral fellows carrying out research at STRI.
How to apply
You can find a general application form here that can be used to apply for all internships for which you are eligible.
Prior to submitting the formal application, applicants must consult with the staff scientist they are interested in working with to determine if that scientist will be available to serve as a research mentor. Please allow the scientists ample time to provide the Office of Academic Programs with the required project description (they will know what this is). If you are having trouble identifying someone whose research interests align with your own or contacting a scientist, please let us know and we can help you! All application materials, except recommendation letters and the project description, must be submitted as a single PDF via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline. Please inquire if you are unable to submit your application via email. If necessary, there are other ways that we can receive applications.
**Important note: All persons visiting STRI, including interns, must have health insurance during their time here. Upon acceptance into the internship program, you will be asked about health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, or if your coverage does not extend to Panama, you can purchase insurance through STRI.
Current Internship Opportunities