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3D Scanning & Modeling Kirtlandia Intern

Cleveland Museum of Natural History / Posted February 15, 2023

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has currently launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.

The CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong organizational and administrative skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working in an enthusiastic and fast paced environment.

Department: Digital Technology & Vertebrate Paleontology

Supervisor(s): Hailey Majewski, and Caitlin Colleary, Ph.D.


Imaging technologies allow us to examine fossils in new and exciting ways. The Vertebrate Paleontology department houses an extraordinary collection of animals from the Devonian Period. Over the course of the project, the intern will photograph and 3D scan the department’s collection of micro-arthrodire jaws, then publish them online. Arthrodires are a group of armored fish that lived 360 million years ago, and the collection of micro-arthrodire jaws represents an exciting opportunity to learn more about these small animals that have not been well studied. The intern will learn how to use a structured light scanner, how to create digital models from raw scan data, photography workflows, the anatomy of arthrodires, digital archival storage methods, and metadata. List all relevant courses in the application.

Required to Apply:

1. Write a letter of interest (1-2 pages) that:

  • - Explains your choice of preferred research areas 
  • - Mentions your interests, previous work experience and other pertinent information that might support your application 
  • - Indicates how you expect to benefit from your experience as a research intern

2. Two letters of recommendation submitted to hmajewski@cmnh.org

Application Deadline – March 15, 2023

General Information:

  • - Duration: Eight weeks for a total of 320 hours, exact dates to be arranged with direct supervisor
  • - Compensation: $15 per hour, plus up to $200 for expenses for materials required by the project, minus payroll deductions
  • - Who May Apply: Students who are currently attending an accredited college or university as an undergraduate (college sophomores, juniors, and seniors), or who have graduated from college within the current calendar year

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • - Responsible for assigned tasks associated with research activities including, but not limited to, specimen preparation, labeling, sorting, identification, digitization, imaging, field collection, monitoring, data collection, analysis, interpretation, or manuscript preparation.
  • - Assists in accurate record keeping of research activities.
  • - Responsible for the handling of Museum objects with care and attention in order to mitigate damage.
  • - Assists in ordering supplies and equipment in support of research project.
  • - Performs all duties according to established museum operating, safety, and environmental and quality policies.
  • - Adheres to the CMNH Manual of Research and Collections Policies.
  • - Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor or museum management.

Education/ Experience: High school diploma or higher degree in relevant field to the department of appointment; with 0-1 years of experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • - Excellent organizational and attention to detail skills.
  • - Ability to handle collection objects carefully and safely to not cause damage.
  • - Computer operating system experience. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products to include Word, Excel, Power Point.
  • - Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
  • - Strong problem solving and listening skills.
  • - Ability to work successfully with Museum members, employees and the general public.

Physical Working Conditions:

  • - Position may require sitting, walking, standing, reaching including stooping, kneeling, and crouching.

Physical Effort Required:

  • - Some physical effort may occasionally be required.
  • - Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
  • - Must be able to run or respond to emergency situations.


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