Ways to Get Involved

There are many opportunities for students to get involved at the Florida Museum of Natural History including through volunteering, independent research for university credit, internships, and employment. Contact the collection managers and curators of the divisions/programs you are interested in to find more information about how to get involved.



Each division at the Florida Museum is happy to welcome any volunteers to assist with their collections. For general communications regarding volunteering in the collections, contact the Museum volunteer coordinator (volunteers@flmnh.ufl.edu) or contact the Collections Managers of a specific division. There are also opportunities to volunteer by becoming an exhibit docent or working in the Butterfly RainforestVolunteer orientations are held several times a year for people at least 18 years of age.


Independent Studies

Any student interested in an independent study project for university credit through a division of the Florida Museum should contact the collections’ curator(s) about research opportunities in their field.

Jessica Oswald holding a bird specimen

Jessica Oswald's study demonstrated extinction's ripple effect through the animal kingdom, including how the demise of large mammals 20,000 years ago in Sonora, Mexico, possibly led to the disappearance of one species of cowbird.

Independent studies can often be arranged in a number of disciplines using collection specimens. Once you have established a project with a curator as your advisor, you will need to contact your home department (i.e. Biology, Geology, Anthropology) for the appropriate independent studies course forms and application materials. You will work under the supervision of the collection curators and/or collection managers and graduate students and will communicate with your Florida Museum advisor during the course of your independent research.

Most independent research projects last for one semester, but some can last longer if the student desires and t he advisor/department approve. This is a great way to get experience, earn credit, and interact with museum researchers. Results of such studies can be readily presented at professional conferences and even adapted for publication.

Internships and Employment

Internship and employment opportunities occur variably in each division. These can include a range of opportunities and are typically funded from research grants for specific tasks and projects. These part-time appointments can be as short as a single semester or continue for several years and are perfect for students to gain research and/or collections experience while also receiving an hourly wage. These positions are infrequently acquired and advertised, but positions will be posted here as they become available.