Archaeological Research Institute

Public Archaeology Internship

Position Title: Public Archaeology Intern

Reports to: Director of Public Archaeology and Archaeology Coordinator

Internship Summary: The Public Archaeology Intern is an entry level internship designed to provide valuable experience in the field of archaeology. This includes 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:

  • Public interaction/education
    • Learning Center Tours
    • Guided Site Tours
    • Explain basic archaeological concepts
    • Discuss site history
    • Discuss local prehistory
  • Laboratory work
    • Wash, identify, and sort artifacts
    • Inventory and catalogue artifacts
    • Artifact Interpretation
    • Identify and discuss archaeological materials
  • Excavation
    • Understand Survey, Unit, and Feature contexts
    • Complete excavation forms
    • Map and record excavations

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 plans to enroll in an archaeology/anthropology program
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to perform technical work, record data legibly and accurately
  • Enthusiasm and a keen interest in local history and archaeology

Physical Demands: Archaeological field work is physical labor, which requires a certain level of physical fitness including (but not limited to) working in all weather conditions, stooping, kneeling, crouching, working at a computer station, and walking on uneven terrain.

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. Please reach out to us to discuss if you have specific circumstances that need to be considered.

Age Requirements: 16 years old minimum age


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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