Employment and Internships

The Encyclopedia of Life is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals. At the current time, we have no new paid positions available.  Please check back in a little while.

The following unpaid positions are available through the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  Please note that we receive a large number of inquiries and are currently only considering candidates who have already been active in the biodiversity data community. The required record of involvement can be established through participation in EOL (as an assistant curator or content contributior) or a related project (e.g., iNaturalist, eBird, Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, Notes from Nature).  

EOL Component Position
Species Pages Group
Biodiversity Data Mobilization Internship (unpaid) 

The Encyclopedia of Life seeks interns to assist with the mobilization of biodiversity data from the literature and other sources. Data will be uploaded to the EOL TraitBank repository and are made available to researchers and the public in human and machine-readable formats.  Recent life science graduates and undergraduates (juniors or seniors) with an interest in biodiversity data science are encouraged to apply.  This position requires good quantitative skills and great attention to detail.  Basic scientific computing skills (python, R, advanced Excel) are desirable, but training will be provided.

Depending on skills and interests, data mobilization interns may participate in the discovery of suitable data sets (about ecology, life history, distribution, behavior, physiology, morphology, etc. of organisms); evaluate data structures and map traits and trait values to domain-specific ontologies and vocabularies; transform structured data for TraitBank ingestion; mine or scrape data from unstructured sources; perform data cleansing and quality assurance routines

For more information about this opportunity, please send an inquiry to  eolpages [at] eol.org.  Be sure to include a statement of interest and information about your previous activity on EOL or a related project.

Smithsonian Institution or remote
Washington, DC
Species Pages Group Technical Writing Internship (unpaid)

The Encyclopedia of Life is seeking interns to help with the writing of high priority species pages for special EOL projects and program areas. Recent life science graduates and undergraduates (juniors or seniors) with excellent literature research and writing skills are encouraged to apply.

Interns will be able to specialize in a given group of organisms. Students interested in marine organisms, plants, and arthropods are particularly encouraged to apply. Internship activities include: Managing multiple writing/research assignments; surveying available online resources for a given species; conducting literature research and communicating with subject area specialists; drafting, writing and editing species pages; using and testing the EOL data entry tools.

For more information about this opportunity, please send an inquiry to  eolpages [at] eol.org.  Be sure to include a statement of interest and information about your previous activity on EOL or a related project.

Smithsonian Institution or remote
Washington, DC