Where: The Cockrell Butterfly Center, located within the Houston Museum of Natural Science, includes a free-flight rainforest display for live butterflies, an insect zoo containing over 35 species of arthropods, and three 1000 sq. ft. greenhouses used for rearing plants and butterflies.
Candidate qualifications: The internship is open to college or university students specializing in entomology or biology with an entomological emphasis. Ideally applicants should have completed at least one year of study in their field.
Intern duties: The intern will work with several staff members in the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Duties include assisting with husbandry of insects and other arthropods in the insect zoo and containment areas; processing butterfly shipments and caring for live butterflies in the exhibit; helping with biological control of pests in the rainforest exhibit and greenhouses; growing caterpillars in our rearing program; and assisting with outreach programs about arthropods to schools and summer camps.
Time frame: Up to 35 hours a week for from 10-12 weeks, late May or early June through mid-August (exact hours and dates negotiable). Monday-Friday from 9-4:00, with occasional weekend work.
Course credit: We encourage applicants to investigate whether this internship could count for course credit at your institution.
To apply: Send statement of interest and career goals, including how this internship would help you achieve such goals; college/university transcripts; and names and contact information of at least three references (a combination of academic and work references).
Erin Mills, Director
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030-1799
All application materials must be received by the March 20 deadline. At that time the selection committee will begin reviewing candidates and will select and notify recipient by mid-April.
THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
With over 2 million visitors annually, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is one of the most highly attended museums in the nation. In addition to the Cockrell Butterfly Center, HMNS houses a Giant Screen Theater and a Planetarium. Permanent exhibits include the world-class Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas, the Wiess Energy Hall, the Strake Hall of Malacology, and the new Duncan Wing and Glassell Hall of Paleontology. The museum also has an active program of temporary exhibits that span a wide field of topics. For more information see www.hmns.org .
The museum district, which includes HMNS and several other museums, is located in central Houston close to the downtown area and the medical center, and adjacent to Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo, and Rice University. The tram/light rail runs right by the museum.
THE GARDEN CLUB OF HOUSTON
The Garden Club of Houston, a member of The Garden Club of America, is a not-for-profit organization that benefits the Houston community. With over 300 members, the GCH is one of the largest garden clubs in the area. Their generous support of this internship helps to fulfill the Garden Club’s mission “to stimulate the knowledge and love of plants and gardening and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation, civic improvement, and education.” For more information see www.gchouston.org and www.gcamerica.org.