Archaeological Research Institute

Non-Profit Operations Internship

Work Hours:
10-15 hours per week, flexible schedule within organization hours of operation
(9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday); some evening/weekends required based on events.

Location: Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Travel to locations within the tri-state area may be required occasionally.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Job Description:

The Non-profit Operations Intern aids in all aspects of ARI’s administrative activities and will gain insight into the broad range of tasks that support the management of a small non-profit organization. The Intern will assist in activities related to program management, volunteer management, fundraising and grant writing, community engagement, data entry and reporting, program creation, program evaluation and marketing. The Intern will also have the opportunity to join the executive director at community meetings and events to learn more about coordinated community engagement and local resources.


  • Program Management & Development
  • Research similar programs and establish best practices for our programming
  • Research pricing of programming,
  • Write up programming descriptions
  • Assist in creating programming budgets and evaluation criteria
  • Research similar programs and establish best practices for our programming

Financial Development:

  • Research corporate and private giving prospects
  • Support grant writing efforts, including potential to draft and submit a grant request
  • Assist with gift processing and data entry related to fundraising
  • Assist in creating fundraising plans, events, annual funds, membership programs and other fundraising programs.
  • Assist in volunteer/intern recruitment efforts and maintenance of volunteer personnel files

Community Engagement:

  • Serve on and facilitate the work of relevant event planning committees
  • Assist in the development of promotional materials, direct marketing, press releases and media advisories
  • Assist in the development of awareness materials regarding programming
  • Assist with data entry related to volunteer programs & donors
  • Represent ARI, Inc at tabling events throughout the community

Other Administrative Support:

  • Support Directors and the Administrative Manager as needed, including but not limited to, filing, answering phones and doors, client support, donation acceptance, data collection and special projects.
  • Assist in creating marketing and social media campaigns
  • Assist in the creation of marketing materials


  • Attend Internship Meetings
  • Complete the Archaeological Field Tech Certification Program
  • Serve as a representative of the organization between the College/University and the community
  • Participate in organization events and activities as assigned, including monthly staff meetings and excavation events
  • Assist with general office work, including filing, copying, and answering phones
  • Develop individual goals with supervisors and strive to achieve goals


  • Currently enrolled at an accredited college or university
  • 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license
  • Access to reliable transportation with proof of insurance
  • Strong computer skills with proficiencies in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word & PowerPoint) as well as social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Good communication skills
  • Highly organized with an attention to detail
  • Willing to learn new things and take on new tasks
  • Committed to ARI Inc’s mission and values, including the value and importance of charitable giving
  • Able to work as a member of a team
  • Prior office experience a plus but not required
  • Must agree to organization confidentiality statement
  • Ability to accurately document and complete paperwork and assignments by their respective due dates
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to, and understanding of the cultural and socioeconomic status, and knowledge of issues faced, of persons served


  • Ability to travel in varying weather conditions
  • Archaeological field work is physical labor, which requires a certain level of physical fitness; interns must:
  • Be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50lbs
  • Be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 30lbs
  • Be able to work in adverse weather conditions (including heat, cold, and rain)
  • Be able to walk over uneven terrain
  • Be able to stoop, kneel, reach, crouch, or crawl to perform essential job duties
  • Be able to sit for a prolonged period of time
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • Adhere to universal safety precautions
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • Maintain a positive, friendly & professional work environment
  • Seek supervision and support from Executive Director, Head Archaeologist and/or members of the Board as needed


The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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