Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

1.11.2019 at 00:00 - 31.7.2020 at 23:59


Basic knowledge in species identification and taxonomic nomenclature beneficial though not necessary; PBIO-161 Biological collections, 5 cr, preferably passed beforehand

This hands-on internship gives the student a good idea of how scientific collections (zoological and/or botanical) are curated and digitized, and how they serve science and society. The everyday operation and management of scientific collection institutions becomes familiar. The aim is that the student gains basic skills for eventual future work in natural history collections, be it as a technician or a planner, or as part of the student’s own research.

According to agreement. Recommended to be completed during the second year of MSc studies

Core content:

  • curation of natural history collections
  • digitization of biological specimens
  • understanding natural history collections as research infrastructures
  • societal interaction in natural history collections

The student will work full-time (36 hrs 45 min / week) for one month, i.e., c. 150 hrs (or part-time according to arrangement) in the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus (Luomus.fi), either with botanical or zoological collections. The tasks will be tailored to meet the student’s interests and needs. The pedagogical approach is ‘learning by doing’. While instructions and guidance will be given by supervising staff, hands-on work by the student is central. The student is also expected to write a concise reflective report of the work done and skills learned during the internship (maximum two A4 pages or equivalent in digital form).

Depends on the orientation of the internship (zoological or botanical etc.) and is provided separately, case-by-case.

Grading scale pass-fail. Requirements for a pass include fulfilled time of practical training (c. 150 hrs) and accepted reflective report.

Tarjotaan suomeksi, ruotsiksi tai englanniksi. / Erbjuds på finska, svenska eller engelska. / Offered in Finnish, Swedish, or English.

Students are encouraged to take this course in pairs or in groups of 3-4, although this is not necessary.

Professor Leif Schulman, Director of Luomus