This summer the MSU Museum is participating in a summer internship program that provides training and career development for Michigan State University graduate students who have an interest in working with natural science collections.
This program will provide professional training in natural science collections curation and management. The structure of the training will encompass both theory and practice. Professors and invited experts will meet with students throughout the summer to discuss a broad range of topics including history of collections, preservation, collections use, digitizing, and more. In addition, students will spend each week working side-by-side with a curator and/or collections manager on day-to-day collections tasks involving acquisitions, specimen identification, preparation, cataloging, data management, and fielding loan requests. The participating units include:
• MSU Herbarium
• A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection
• Vertebrate Collections, MSU Museum
• Archaeology/Anthropology Collections, MSU Museum
• W. J. Beal Botanical Garden
At the completion of the internship students will present on topics they focused on during their internships.