Employment and Internships

The Encyclopedia of Life is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals. At the current time, the following positions are available:

EOL Component Position
Species Pages Group
Entomology Multimedia Internship (unpaid) 

The Encyclopedia of Life and Smithsonian researcher Torsten Dikow are seeking student interns to assist with the enhancement of the Leptogastrinae LifeDesk. This LifeDesk summarizes information about leptogastrinae robber flies from around the world for the 472 known species.  Recent life science graduates and undergraduates  (juniors or seniors) with experience in the creation, management, and online dissemination of biological images and literature research are encouraged to apply.

Depending on skills and interests, intern projects can include:  specimen photography – use digital macrophotography equipment to take high resolution images of specimens from the collection of the National Museum of Natural History; image processing – use Photoshop to enhance and adjust the NMNH specimen photographs as well as our backlog of type and non-type specimen photographs from other natural history museums around the world; image publication – upload images to the Leptogastrinae LifeDesk (which shares content with the Encyclopedia of Lifeand add metadata; specimen occurrence data capture – enter locality data of specimens from the NMNH and other natural history museum collections into a database for generating online distribution maps; bibliographic supplements – locate open-access literature online (e.g., the Biodiversity Heritage Library) and attach PDFs to the existing bibliography on the LifeDesk. 

For full position description, please contact Katja Schulz, schulzk [at] si.edu or Torsten Dikow dikowt [at] si.edu.

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

The Encyclopedia of Life is seeking student 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 full position description, please contact Katja Schulz, schulzk [at] si.edu

Smithsonian Institution or remote
Washington, DC