Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship

Archaeological Institute of America

April 1, 2017

Amount: $2,000 - $4,750

Purpose: A scholarship established in honor of AIA Past President Elizabeth Bartman to assist graduate students or those who have recently completed a master’s degree with the expenses associated with participating in a museum internship either in the United States or abroad.

The internship fund is intended to help graduate students, or those who have recently completed a master’s degree, in Archaeology or a related field (e.g., Anthropology, Art History, Classics, History, etc.) meet expenses associated with undertaking a museum internship (minimum duration a summer or semester). Specific projects will vary and might include the following: collection cataloguing, provenance or archival research, exhibition preparation, the writing of labels and/or didactic panels, assisting with websites and presentations in other media, such as audio guides and exhibition videos, and participating more broadly in museum activities, working with conservators, art handlers, designers, and other museum professionals. 

The committee will consider academic achievement, past experience (or lack thereof), and financial need in its deliberations.

AIA scholarships are open to students from all backgrounds. Minority and disadvantaged students are encouraged to apply.

Requirements:  Applicants must be members of the AIA at the time of application; the recipient should remain a member until the end of the internship period. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in Archaeology or a related field or have recently completed a master’s degree in Archaeology or a related field. Please note that all application materials (including references and transcripts, and the online application form) must be received at the AIA by the April 1 deadline.  Awards are contingent on confirmation of acceptance by a host institution. At the conclusion of the internship tenure, the recipient is required to submit a report on the use of the award to the Chairs of the AIA Fellowships Committee and Museums and Exhibitions Committee.  Within two years of tenure of the internship, the recipient is also expected to submit an abstract to the Program Committee, in order be considered for participation in the AIA Annual Meeting. 

Guidelines and Required Information

Applicants must complete the online application form that asks for the following:

Project Proposal. The Fellowships Committee attaches the greatest importance to the summary statement of your interest in museum work and how the proposed internship will help you to achieve your larger goals. It is helpful if you include background information outlining any past museum experience, field experience, and the reasons you wish to pursue museum work in general and this internship project in particular. Proposal to include information about the internship and your anticipated length of stay. Applicants must participate in the project for a summer (minimum of eight weeks) or a semester.

Budget. An outline of anticipated expenses associated with participation in the project and a statement from the applicant indicating any other financial resources available or applied for, if any, to help cover these expenses.

Transcripts. Official transcripts from the applicant’s college(s) or university(ies). Applicants must include completed undergraduate transcripts, and transcripts for completed post-graduate work. Transcripts may be mailed with attention to Samantha Craig or sent digitally to scraig@aia.bu.edu.

Letters of Recommendation. The names and emails of two professors or academic advisors at the applicant’s college or university who know the applicant’s work and who are willing to provide letters of recommendation. These references will receive further instructions from the AIA. A recommendation from the prospective supervisor of the internship is encouraged. 

All application materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by the April 1 deadline. Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered by the review committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision no later than May 31, 2017.

NOTE: All applicants must notify Samantha Craig immediately if there are any changes in their application information (i.e. the internship you applied for is changed or cancelled; you received funding from other sources; etc.)

Awards are contingent on confirmation of acceptance by a host institution. Funding recipients must provide a letter from the supervisor of the museum project indicating that the applicant has been accepted for an internship. Deadline for receipt of this letter is June 1, 2016.  This letter must be on museum letterhead and signed by the supervisor of the project. It may be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to Samantha Craig, Archaeological Institute of America, 656 Beacon St. 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02215. Fax: 617-353-6550, email: scraig@aia.bu.edu. [NOTE: if one of your letters of recommendation is from the supervisor of the project and he or she certifies that you have been accepted for participation, this requirement will be considered complete.]

Recipients of Bartman Museum Internship Program funding must agree to submit a final report on their use of the funds and what the experience meant to them no later than 60 days after completion of the field project and to join the AIA at the student membership rate if they are not already members. Final reports will be posted on the AIA's web page and may be featured in other AIA publications.

Contact Name: 
Samantha Craig


Alexis JordanAlexis Jordan is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her MS in Anthropology from the the same school in 2009 and her BS in Anthropology from Loyola University-Chicago in 2006. As part of her dissertation research, she will spend eight weeks at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Great Britain. The Bartman grant will allow her to conduct archival research and commingled skeletal analyses on the remains from Harlyn Bay, the largest Iron Age cemetery in Cornwall. This collection, which has never been studied in its entirety, is vital to her dissertation research, which focuses on the construction of cultural identities in the Pre-Roman and Roman Iron Ages (800 BCE-CE 400) in southwestern Britain through the analysis of mortuary ritual and human remains. Read more about Alexis Jordan's experience.

Yiğit Z. HelvacıYiğit Z. Helvacı completed his BA in Classics at Istanbul University. He received his first MA degree in Archaeology and Art History from Koç University, Turkey and his second MA degree in Archaeological Materials Sciences from the University of Évora, Portugal and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. The Elizabeth Bartman scholarship will give him the opportunity to intern at the Museum of Byzantine Civilizations, Thessaloniki, Greece, where he aims to create digital 3D models of the museum collection using photogrammetry. Helvacı hopes to gain professional experience in a museum environment and hone his practical skills in documentation. All models that are created during his tenure will be made available in the museum website for public viewing. Read more about Yiğit Z. Helvacı's experience.


Ana Abrunhosa received her MA in Archaeology from the University of Porto in Portugal in 2012, and received her BA in Archaeology from the same school in 2010. Although she attempted to begin a Ph.D. in 2013, economic difficulties and drastic funding cuts in Portugal left her without research funding. The Bartman scholarship will enable Ana to intern in Spain at the Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid (MAR). In this internship, she will catalogue a large collection of lithic artifacts from the Pinilla del Valle Middle Palaeolithic site, and assist with the Pinilla del Valle summer field campaign of 2015. This internship will give her the opportunity to work directly with materials that she will use in further Ph.D. research. Read more about Ana Abrunhosa's experience.

Sarah Kate McKinney is a graduate student in Applied Anthropology at Mississippi State University. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014. As part of her dissertation research, she spent eight weeks working with zoologist Dr. Robert Hershler in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institute. While in Washington, she explored the biology of mussels, to prepare her to study the differences between prehistoric and modern mussel shell assemblages along the upper Tennessee River. Read more about Sarah Kate's experience.