NYC Educational Internship Opportunity at the American Museum of Natural History


Location: New York City, New York, United States

Season: 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 to Friday, December 13, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, August 4, 2013

Program Type

Volunteer

Affiliation:

North American Archaeology Lab, American Museum of Natural History

Project Director:

David Hurst Thomas

Project Description

The North American Archaeology Department of the American Museum of Natural History is now accepting applications for our Fall Internship.  Our fall 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.  The fieldwork portion of the internship offers a stipend in addition to travel expenses and full room and board.

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 end of August through December 2013, and the museum asks two to three days a week from its lab staff.  The field portion will run three weeks from mid-September to mid-October.

Applications will be accepted until August 4, 2013.  Interested applicants should send a resume and a 1-page statement of purpose to ffortuna@amnh.org.  Please include contact information for three references. Applications may also be sent via mail to:

Franco Fortuna

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 ffortuna@amnh.org at the NAARCH Lab.  Please visit our website at: http://www.amnh.org/content/download/38881/569987/file/InternshipNAARCH_2013_2.pdf

Period(s) of Occupation: Contact period, Georgia coast.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Experience required: 
Fieldschool

Room and Board Arrangements

The internship opportunity at the American Museum of Natural History does not provide relocation costs or accomodations in New York City.  It is the responsibility of the accepted applicant to find housing while working at the museum.  The fieldwork portions of the internship are paid for by means of an educational stipend, and both housing and transportaion are provided.  

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none

Location

Contact Information
Franco Fortuna
c/o ANTHROPOLOGY, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street
New York
NY
USA
10024
Telephone: 
2123137616
Fax: 
2127695334