Archaeological Research Institute

Non-Profit Operations Internship

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.

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

Executive Director and Head Archaeologist

Job Description:
The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI, Inc) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Lawrenceburg, IN near an Ohio River site occupied by ancient cultures more than a thousand years ago. Under the guidance of ARI’s staff archaeologist, volunteers and students of all ages have the unique hands-on opportunity to unearth site artifacts, to learn to document and preserve them, and to learn about the cultures who lived on our Tristate land long before us. We are a new nonprofit, established in June of 2019, we have spent the last year laying the groundwork for our organization. We have a passionate board of directors that care about the organization and its mission.

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.

The Intern will be responsible for attending the archaeological field tech training program, to get a better understanding about the mission of the organization and to gain skills and understanding in archaeology, education, the importance of preservation and site protection. The Intern will attend Internship Cohort Meetings for the purpose of connecting with fellow Interns for additional education and development. All Interns are expected to conduct themselves according to the standards expected of all volunteers, staff and affiliates as outlined in ARI Inc’s Employee Handbook.

About the Archaeological Research Institute
Established in June 2019, the ARI, Inc is the result of Dr. Robert Cook, ARI’s Board Chair, and the Sedler Family’s passion to preserve and research local archaeological sites through public archaeology. Each summer ARI excavates at the Guard Site, a 800-1,000 year old Native American village site, currently considered the Fort Ancient Cultural time period. ARI welcomes students of all ages to learn more and to get hands-on experience in our archaeological research. We are working this summer and fall to establish measurable programs, develop our Base Camp and Learning Center experience, create a gift shop and bookstore, begin our certification programs and establish ourselves within the local community and the national archaeological community.

Our programs include:

  • Hands-On Field Excavation Experiences for Students, Adults and Volunteers
    • Full & Half Day Experiences for Individuals and Small Groups
    • Week Immersions (Student Day Camps)
    • Field Trips for Students
    • Corporate Groups
    • Service Learning Opportunities for Students
  • Local, Regional, and Midwest Based Archaeological Tours
    • Visit to Archaeological sites with and ARI archaeologist
  • Educational Opportunities
    • Certifications
      • Field Technician
      • ARI Interpreter
      • ARI Naturalist
      • ARI Educator
    • Teacher Professional Development
    • Archaeology in the Classroom
    • Community Outreach
    • Adult Learning Programs
  • Base Camp & Learning Center
    • Mini Museum
    • Future Curation Lab
    • Gift Shop
    • Future AR/VR Experience
  • Research
    • Fort Ancient Cultural Research
    • Mississippian Cultural Research
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Field Tech Volunteers
    • Lab/Artifact Volunteers
    • Virtual Volunteers


  • 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

2. Financial Development:

Research corporate and private giving prospects

Support grant writing efforts, including potential to draft and submit a grant


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

3. 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

4. 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


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