Paleontology Internship Opportunity

Objectif Sciences International is a NGO with Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Working in the field of science education, we are currently recruiting a Paleontologist for a paid international mobility internship.

 Objectif Sciences International

Our NGO organizes scientific education and research programs which aim to find solutions for sustainable development issues (water, food, energy, biodiversity, climate...). It brings together volunteers of all ages who come to learn and apply scientific techniques within our participatory action research projects. These activities for learning about research through doing scientific research take the form of educational school trips or camps for children and teenagers, or citizen science trips for adults, students, businesses or public organizations.
This internship offer is part of the Paleontology program of Objectif Sciences International, a program aimed at developing a citizen science program around the study of Triassic reptiles footprint located in Emosson, in Valais Switzerland, in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Geneva.

 Internship description

Under the responsibility of the Direction of Objectif Sciences International, you will design and implement a project to develop our program of citizen sciences in paleontology, whether on the scientific and/or pedagogic aspects. The exact details of the internship will be decided with the program manager, taking into account the candidate’s specific skills and their professional aims.

 Your tasks

Depending on the project, the tasks may include:

  • Preparation and organization of field missions
  • Participation in field study missions
  • Organization and supervision of citizen science actions
  • Processing and analysis of samples
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Publications writing
  • Participation in communication activities within the program


  • A Student or a graduate, with Bachelor’s degree or above, with training in Paleontology.
  • Strong interest in vulgarization and citizen science.
  • Experience in rugged mountain terrain.
  • Ability to adapt and mobility
  • Previous experience of team working, autonomy
  • Fluency in English and French compulsory. Knowledge of other languages would be valuable.


The detail of conditions will depend on the candidate’s profile and on the aim off the internship which will be discussed together.

Students: this internship has to take place within the Erasmus+ program which promotes international mobility within Europe. Get information on your eligibility from the international department at your University or your higher education school.

Job seekers : this internship has to take place within the international mobility program of your employment agency. Get information on your eligibility at its international service.

Full-time job based in France (Bordeaux) or Belgium (Brussels) depending on your country of origin.
Possible missions in France, Switzerland, and potentially in other countries.
Internship length and dates: dates to be decided together for an internship that would last between 3 and 12 months, depending on your situation.
Remuneration conditions: an internship allowance given by the European Union (+/- 600 euros) plus the possibility of an additional allowance paid by the NGO for field missions. During missions, the NGO will take care of travel, food and accommodation expenses.


OSI is currently offering several internship opportunities corresponding to different programs in the NGO: we would be grateful if you would only apply to the program which best suits your profile (in the event that your profile might be better suited for another program, we will transfer it internally). Multiple applications will not be considered.

To apply, please follow this process:

  • Step 1 : check your eligibility for an international mobility program within your University, higher education School or employment agency. Your eligibility should be specified in your application along with any potential constraints, such as internship length.
  • Step 2 : create your user account on this present web site of the NGO :
  • Step 3 : deposit your proposal to this form