Monthly Archives: July 2014

Internships with the American Museum of Natural History

The North American Archaeology Department of the American Museum of Natural History offers Lab Researcher Internship positions in the North American Archaeology Lab (NAARCH Lab) for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students. The interns will handle, store, and analyze a wide variety of artifacts from southeastern North America. Lab interns have the opportunity to work with faunal remains, lithics, Native American and European ceramics, Spanish colonial artifacts, and numerous other material types. Lab work typically consists of washing, cataloging, and organizing recent collections as well as data management. Additional projects have involved fine-grained sorting of excavated materials, non-destructive analysis using PXRF, and basic level artifact analysis and documentation. In addition to lab work, interns will also be considered for our ongoing fieldwork program in Georgia, USA (offered only for the fall and spring semester). Our fieldwork package offers room and board, transportation, and a monetary stipend for three weeks.

Individuals interested in joining the NAARCH Lab Internship should be highly motivated, patient, detail-oriented, and professional. 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. The application form can be found at: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/anthropology/policies-links/internship-program Remember to specify your interest in North American Archaeology on the application.

The internships are unpaid. A paid position is possible dependent on departmental funding. You may indicate your interest in a paid position on the application, but please be aware that checking only the paid position box may affect your chances. Course credit can be offered to those individuals currently enrolled in an accredited school of higher learning. The North American Archaeology Lab offers three internship sessions a year (summer, fall, and spring). The NAARCH department asks interns to commit to two or three days a week, for a period of 10 weeks per semester. The number of interns accepted varies according to the research goals per semester.

Internship Application Deadlines

• Summer Session (June to September), submit February 1 – April 1
• Fall Session (September to December), submit June 27 – August 4
• Spring Session (February to May), submit October 1 – December 1

Interested applicants must submit a resume or CV, contact information for three references, a one page statement of purpose and the completed application form. 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 tblaber@amnh.org

Applications may be sent to tblaber@amnh.org or mailed to:

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

Draper Alumni Involved in Morbid Anatomy Museum and Day of the Dead in Mexico

Salvador Olguin, Draper class of 2009, is involved in two cool projects that might interest Draperites:
First, he is working as a scholar in residence and event organizer with the recently inaugurated Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. The museum is currently featuring its first exhibit, The Art of Mourning, and was written up in the Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/nyregion/the-morbid-anatomy-museum-opens-in-brooklyn.html?_r=0
In conjunction with the museum, Salvador is also planning a cultural tour to Mexico City and Oaxaca to celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico this year. Salvador himself is the expert guide for the tour, contextualizing art, archaeological sites, and Dia de Muertos celebrations:  http://observatoryroom.org/2014/05/14/muerte-en-mexico-a-special-field-trip-to-mexico-for-day-of-the-dead-to-visit-sites-important-to-the-history-of-death-in-mexico-october-31-november-4/
Nice work, Salvador!