Archaeology Collections Management Intern

Department: 
Archaeology
Supervisor: 
Program Associate, Archaeology
Hours: 
15 hours per week (adjustable if taking for credit)
Location: 
Minnesota History Center
Semester(s): 
Spring 2018 (January-May)
Status: 
Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.
Project summary: 

Archaeology interns will assist in managing archaeological collections currently stored in on Level B of the Minnesota History Center, and possibly some stored at the Department’s facility at Fort Snelling Visitor’s Center.  Tasks will include inventory, organization, re-housing and some detailed analysis of portions of the collections.

Ideal degree(s): 
Archaeology
Student qualifications: 
  • Applicants should have completed coursework in archaeology, including, at minimum, an archaeological lab methods course. 
  • Additional coursework in archaeology, especially an archaeological field school, is desirable.
  • Applicants should be conscientious, detail-oriented, and precise. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications is required. 
  • Coursework in specialized analysis of collection subassemblages (lithic, faunal, ceramic, etc.) is a plus. 
Student responsibilities: 

The intern will assist Archaeology Department staff in the management of archaeological collections from Minnesota.  Task to be completed will include:

  • Box inventories,
  • Re-housing fragile materials
  • Updating records in the MHS Collections Management System

The intern will be expected to conduct all work according to the ethical standards of professional archaeology.  A copy of the Society for American Archaeology’s Code of Ethics will be provided by the intern’s supervisor. The intern will be expected to become familiar with current standards for artifact processing and reporting.  Copies of relevant standards and guidelines and hands-on training will be provided by the intern’s supervisor.

Knowledge intern is expected to gain: 
  • An understanding of the principles and practice of archaeological collections management.
  • Knowledge will be gained via time spent cataloging and inventorying existing artifact collections and identifying specific artifact types in those collections. 
  • Electronic inventories of the collections will be created as part of the process, which will assist future researchers who may wish to investigate these collections.