Archaeological Research Institute

Public Archaeology Lab Internship

Public Archaeology Lab Internship

Position Title: Public Archaeology Lab Intern

Reports to: Senior Archaeologist

Position Summary: The Public Archaeology Lab Intern is an entry level position designed to provide valuable experience in the field of archaeology. This will include participating in public interaction/education in the lab in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Interns will work closely with the ARI staff, receiving an interactive learning experience and on-the-job training.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Interns will be given training and experience in the following areas, and expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Artifact Interpenetration
  • Survey, Unit, and Feature contexts
  • Maintain a comprehensive notebook
  • Public interaction/education
  • Explain basic archaeological concepts
  • Identify and discuss archaeological materials
  • Discuss site history
  • Discuss local prehistory
  • Laboratory work
  • Wash, identify, and sort artifacts
  • Inventory and catalogue artifacts

Education, knowledge, and abilities of a strong applicant: The ARI Internship is open to a variety of experience and education levels, but a strong applicant should have some of the following skill sets

  • Undergraduate or graduate course work in archaeology, anthropology, or related fields
  • If not enrolled in a college anthropology/archaeology course, a strong candidate would still have prior experience with archaeological materials or survey (ranging from a formal field school to field walking with a relative).
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to perform technical work, record data legibly and accurately

Education, knowledge, and abilities of a strong applicant: The ARI Internship is open to a variety of experience and education levels, but a strong applicant should have some of the following skill sets 

  • Undergraduate or graduate course work in archaeology, anthropology, or related fields or If not enrolled in a college anthropology/archaeology course, a strong candidate would still have prior experience with archaeological materials(ranging from a formal field school to field walking with a relative). 
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills 
  • Being able to quickly think on your feet and adapt to ARI’s fast paced workplace 
  • Attention to detail, ability to perform technical work, record data legibly and accurately 

Physical Demands: 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. 

Age Requirements: 16 years old minimum age

Dress Code: As this is a public facing position, refrain from wearing revealing clothing, or clothing with inappropriate phrases/logos on them. Additionally, archaeological field work consists of physical labor, exposure to excessive sunlight, and working in the dirt. Close-toed shoes are a minimum requirement, but hiking or work boots are encouraged. Head coverings (such as a cap or bandana) and long pants are also strongly encouraged. Clothing will go through heavy use in the course of this internship, so do not wear clothing you would be upset if it were stained/torn.