NAARCH Internship Announcement 2016

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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
program Remember to specify your interest in North American Archaeology on the
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 2016
• Summer Session (June to August), submit January 1 – March 1
• Fall Session (September to December), submit June 4 – August 4
• Spring Session 2017 (January 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[at]
Applications may be sent to tblaber[at] or mailed to:
Thomas Blaber
Anthropology Department
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024-5192

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