Internships

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Title:  Archaeological Collections Management Intern

Department:  Archaeology

Supervisor:  Head of Archaeology

Hours:   TBD; dependent on number of credits.  Archaeology offices are located at Fort Snelling Historic Site in Saint Paul          

Timeframe: Spring 2014 (January – May, 2014)

Status:  Unpaid

Location: Historic Fort Snelling

Project Summary: Archaeology interns will assist in managing archaeological collections currently stored in the Department’s facility at Fort Snelling Visitor Center.  Tasks will include inventory, organization, re-housing and some detailed analysis of portions of the collections.

Ideal Degrees: Anthropology or archaeology.

Student Qualifications: Undergraduate juniors or seniors, or graduate students. Must have completed at least one archaeological field school course and one lab methods course.

Student Responsibilities: Students will be responsible for establishing a schedule that will allow them to complete the number of hours required for the credits they will receive, and for adhering to the set schedule.  They will be responsible for conducting their work according to the instruction provided by the internship supervisor, and for immediately reporting any problems they encounter.

For most interns, their final product will be an accurate, detailed inventory of one or more archaeological collections.  In some cases, these may include some analysis of the collection, or one or more sub-assemblages within it.

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • An understanding of the principles and practice of archaeology, especially with regard to curation and conservation of archaeological materials
  • Knowledge of inventorying existing artifact collections, identifying conservation issues and arranging for appropriate treatment
  • Synthesizing catalog data and preparing summary reports on collections
  • Training in MHS collections procedures will be provided on-site

Additional Required Submissions:

  • Goal statement for desired outcomes from the internship

To apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.