As part of the Field Intern Program, the museum offers optional tours of different departments and collections throughout the summer. Not only are these tours a once in a lifetime opportunity, but they bring together interns from all over the museum to bond and network. Options include everything from the insect collection and rare books to the over-sized anthropology collection and reptile rooms! Did you know that the Field has its own room for keeping human remains? Today, I learned all about the half a million specimens of birds that are housed on site. The zoology department here has the fourth largest bird collection in the world! The interns and I even got to see a group of carrion beetles eat the flesh off a skeleton that was going to be preserved. Not what I was expecting at all, but for the bird curators, it’s just a normal day at the office! Just another example of the partnership between research and public institution that goes on every day at the Field.