PCP PIRE Museum Internship Program 2015

Research on Paleobiology of the Neotropics

Fall 2015: August 24 - December 18

Deadline to apply: July 1, 2015

NSF-funded internships are available effective immediately for the Panama Canal Project (PCP)-PIRE (NSF-funded Partnership for International Research and Education) for undergraduate or post-bac students who are United States citizens or permanent-residents. Interns will assist with museum-based collections work and on-going original research related to the fossils collected from near the Panama Canal (Panama).


Interns will live in Gainesville, Florida during the University of Florida Fall Semester and may spend at least one week in Panama participating in paleontological and geological fieldwork. Experience in geological/paleontological research or museum work is preferred.


This internship program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain research experience while addressing fundamental questions concerning the effects of global paleoclimate change and the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama on tropical paleobiodiversity. Research projects related to paleobiogeography, systematics, and origination/extinction of floras and faunas of the New World Tropics are available within Paleobotany, Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology, and Conservation Paleobiology. Interns will be matched with ongoing research programs based on shared interests with mentors.

PCP-PIRE is a U.S.-Panamanian partnership to document the ancient marine and terrestrial biodiversity and global climate change of the New World Tropics (NWT) preserved in the 25- million-year fossiliferous sequence in Panama, and promote international education, collaboration, and exchange. PCP-PIRE is committed to diversity in education and encourages the application of women and underrepresented minorities.

PCP-PIRE internships include:

1. Hourly pay ($10/hour);
2. Assistance finding housing from the UF office of off-campus housing http://www.offcampus.ufl.edu/;
3. Travel to Panamanian field sites; and
4. Local paleontological or geological field trips.


  1. Answer the following questions and submit via email in PDF format.
  2. Letters of recommendation should also be submitted via email in PDF format, and must come directly from the person who is recommending you.
  3. Please do not send any of the above documents as a hard copy (only email).
  4. All documents should be sent to: Nathan Jud: najud@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Application Questions:

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Fall 2015: August 24 – December 18

  1. Name
  2. Contact email and phone number
  3. Are you a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident?
  4. Do you have a valid U.S. passport? Please include passport issued and expiration dates.
  5. List degrees earned and current degree status, including school names, majors, and minors.
  6. GPA for each degree received?
  7. Describe previous museum or research experience (up to 1-2 paragraphs).
  8. Describe what you would like to learn or gain from a PCP-PIRE internship in the context of your career goals (up to 2 paragraphs).
  9. Which scientific goal(s) of PCP-PIRE and paleontological subdisciplines (e.g., Paleobotany, Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology, etc), as described on the website, is/are the most appealing to you and why (up to 2 paragraphs)
  10. Which of the education and outreach goal(s) of PCP-PIRE, as described on the website, is/are the most appealing to you and why (up to 1 paragraph)
  11. Briefly describe any experience working in international settings or with international students or colleagues (up to 1 paragraph).
  12. One recommendation letter from a current or former faculty member or supervisor (PDF format, sent directly to Nathan Jud).
  13. Please list contact information (e-mail and phone) for 2 additional references.
  14. I have read all Frequently Asked Questions ______ (initials)