Monday, July 26, 2010

Internship: American Museum of Natural History North, American Archaeology

The North American Archaeology Department of the American Museum of Natural History is now accepting applications for our Fall Lab Intern Researcher positions. Our fall Intern Researchers will staff the North American Archaeology (NAARCH) Lab. The NAARCH Lab handles, stores, and analyzes a wide variety of artifacts from an extensive temporal and spatial range. Past Lab Researchers have had the opportunity to work with lithics, Native American ceramics, historic European 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 on St. Catherines Island, Georgia, USA. Our fieldwork package supports room and board, transportation, and a stipend of $12.00 per hour for three weeks.

Individuals interested in joining the NAARCH Lab 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 sophomore 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.
Lab Researcher positions are unpaid volunteer positions with museum perks while working in the lab in New York. However, if accepted to the field work component, interns are compensated for an average of 130 paid hours. Course credit will be offered to those individuals currently enrolled in an accredited school of higher learning. The term of the internship will be from mid-September through the end of December. The museum asks 18 hours a week (3 days) from its Lab Staff.

Applications will be accepted until August 27th, 2010. Interested applicants should send a resume and a 1-page statement of purpose to Applications may also be sent via mail to:

Rachel Cajigas
Anthropology Department
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 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.

Rachel Cajigas
Nels Nelson North American Archaeology Lab
Division of Anthropology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 313-7616

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