Research Department Internships


Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Dates Needed: June 3rd through mid-August 2019

Organization Background

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research and education organization that collects, safeguards, and provides access to botanical specimens and related scientific resources; studies and protects living plants; and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. BRIT staff work together in achieving the organization’s two-fold mission of research and education. Its scientists work from local to global scales, investigating fundamental botanical questions within the themes of biodiversity exploration and species conservation. BRIT educators create new ways to turn information into knowledge through outdoor discovery, discussion, and experiential learning for both students and teachers. BRIT’s work benefits our community and the world in a number of functional areas, including environment, by understanding how plants function and interact in ecosystems; society, by educating and training a new generation of thinkers and problem solvers; and conservation, by providing the critical data needed for proper land stewardship.

Internship Details

This position will work with BRIT Research, Herbarium, and/or Library staff and associates to assist with research and collections projects. Internships consist broadly of training, an independent project(s), and an end-of-term product or presentation. Some of the activities an intern might experience include the following: collect and prepare plant specimens for the herbarium; collect, organize, and analyze research data; basic laboratory tasks; write blog posts; create social media content; create professional CVs; conduct field research; conduct collections-based research. Students will also benefit from resources and activities at BRIT, including interaction with scientists and volunteers, access to laboratory and library facilities, and opportunities to participate in a wide range of seminars and social events. We particularly encourage applications from students whose participation will add to the diversity of researchers in botanical science, including students from underrepresented groups and first generation college students.

This 10-Week 2019 Summer Research Curatorial Intern position is currently unpaid. However, the internship will provide excellent training for anyone considering a future in botanical research and natural history collections research and management. This position is for a 10-week program, and we request a minimum commitment of 160 total hours during that time. Scheduling is flexible at the discretion of the primary mentor.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a current undergraduate student or very recently graduated from an undergraduate program
  • Must be working towards a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in biology, information sciences, or related subject
  • Must pass a background check

Other Pertinent Details: BRIT is located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas. Housing is not provided, but we can assist with finding accommodations given enough notice.

To Apply: Send a one-page cover letter via email explaining your background, experience, and why you are interested in our internship position to (subject: “Summer Research Internship”). Please include a list of relevant courses taken and relevant work or volunteer experience. For more information about BRIT, visit For information about the Research department, visit For essays from past interns about their experiences, visit our blog at

Applications Are Due: On or before 12 April 2019