Topic ID #34999 - posted 2/17/2015 8:35 AM

Internship Opportunity at the American Museum of Natural History


Internship Opportunity at the American Museum of Natural History

The North American Archaeology Department at the American Museum of Natural History is now accepting applications for our summer semester. Our summer interns will staff the North American Archaeology (NAARCH) Lab. The NAARCH Lab handles, stores, and analyzes a wide variety of artifacts from St. Catherines Island, GA. Past interns have had the opportunity to work with Native American lithics, pottery, beads and Spanish colonial material culture. Lab techniques include fine-fraction sorting, cataloging, and basic artifact cleaning and analysis. Additional intern projects have included ceramic refitting, archiving of material, and building geographic databases utilizing GIS software.

            Individuals interested in participating in the NAARCH internship should be highly motivated, patient, and detail-oriented. The internship is intended for current college juniors and seniors and recent graduates. Individuals who have not yet completed their junior year need not apply unless they have extensive experience that offsets their lack of academic training. Prior archaeological experience in either the field or in the lab is not necessary, but will be a factor in our selection. Those that have a background or interest in Bioarchaeology are also welcome to apply.  

            Internship positions are unpaid volunteer positions with museum perks while working in the lab in New York. Course credit will be offered to those individuals currently enrolled in an accredited university. The term of the internship will be from early June through mid-August 2015. Interns will be scheduled to work 2-3 days a week. 

            Applications will be accepted until April 1st 2015. Interested applicants should send a resume and a 1-page statement of purpose to Please also include contact information for three references. Applications may also be sent via mail to:

Thomas Blaber
Anthropology Department
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024-5192


            The statement of purpose should briefly outline the applicant’s prior experience in archaeology as well as their future plans within the discipline. Individuals with questions should feel free to email in the NAARCH Lab. Please view our flyer at:


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