Archaeological Internship Opportunity at the American Museum of Natural History

The North American Archaeology Department of the American Museum of Natural History is now accepting applications for our Spring Internship. Our spring interns will staff the North American Archaeology (NAARCH) Lab and are considered to take part in fieldwork on St. Catherines Island, Georgia. The NAARCH Lab handles, stores, and analyzes a wide variety of artifacts from an extensive temporal and spatial range. Past interns have had the opportunity to work with lithics, Native American ceramics, historic period pottery, Spanish colonial material culture, and a large number of other material culture types. Analysis techniques include sorting of fine screen materials, basic lab organization, cataloging, and basic artifact analysis. In addition to lab work, interns will also be considered to take part in our ongoing fieldwork program in Georgia. Our fieldwork package supports room and board, transportation, and a stipend for two excavations (three weeks each).


Individuals interested in joining the NAARCH internship should be highly motivated, patient, and detail-oriented. We will be accepting applications from both upper level undergraduates as well as graduate students. Individuals who have not yet completed their junior year need not apply unless they have extensive experience that off-sets 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.


Internship positions are unpaid volunteer positions with museum perks while working in the lab in New York City. Course credit will be offered to those individuals currently enrolled in an accredited school of higher learning. The fieldwork portion offers a stipend for work completed. The term of the internship will be from the beginning of January through May 2013, and the museum asks two to three days a week from its lab staff. The field portions will run three weeks each from mid-January to mid-February and additionally from mid-April to mid-May.


Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2012. Interested applicants should send a resume and a 1-page statement of purpose to Please include contact information for three references. Applications may also be sent via mail to:


Elizabeth Cottrell

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 at the NAARCH Lab. Please visit our website at:


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