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, consult the list of research affiliates here. 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!
WHO CAN APPLY
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.
BEFORE YOU APPLY
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).
You can use the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) available through the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) webpage to apply for all internships for which you are eligible. Before starting the online application, read the description of the current internship opportunities at STRI to see which one fits your interests:
Incomplete applications and applications that fail to follow the guidelines will not be considered.
ALL documents must be received on or prior the stated deadline.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program approximately 6-8 weeks after each application deadline.
**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.
We advise you to consult this website frequently for updates.
Read more about the Academic experience at STRI in the magazine TROPICOS.