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The San Diego Archaeological Center welcomes interns and volunteers in all departments. You will gain real-world experience at the Center and your contributions will be appreciated. Besides earning course credit, this experience will help prepare you for employment, differentiate you from the crowd and learn industry-specific skills. Due to the extensive training you will receive, a commitment of 100 hours is required. You may complete an internship with or without college credit.  For more information on how to apply or other questions, please click on this FAQ form.

The Center is pleased to offer the following opportunities for interns (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014):

•             Collections Management

•             Collections Research

•             Digital Photography

•             GIS - Geographic Information System

•             Library Science

•             Public Archaeology

•             Development & Marketing Intern

 

Collections Management (Intern Positions Available for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014)

With the assistance of Center Collection staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, and historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, digital photography, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials. For a .pdf with more information, click here. For more information on applying please contact Dr. Ad Muniz, Collections Manager.

Collections Research (Intern Positions Available for Spring and Summer 2014)

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will identify, design, and conduct an original research project that uses the Center’s archaeological collections. The intern will formulate a plan for public dissemination of the project results as a journal publication, a museum exhibit, or a public class or lecture. During the course of the research and dissemination planning, the intern will receive training in research design, collections management, artifact analysis, exhibit design and production, and public education curriculum development as appropriate to the selected project.

For a .pdf with more information click here.

Interns may request to work on research projects developed by and under the supervision of Center Research Associate Don Laylander. Current research project ideas take advantage of the Center's extensive collection of marine shellfish recovered from local prehistoric midden sites. Don (M.A. Anthropology, San Diego State University) has more than 30 years of professional experience in archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis, research and cultural resource management throughout California. His many publications include articles and book-length studies as well as webpages "Bajacalifology" and "Research Issues in San Diego Prehistory." He is currently Editor of the Society for California Archaeology's annual proceedings and an Associate Editor of "California Archaeology."

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Digital Photography

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will photograph archaeological collections for digital curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, and historical objects. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, digital photography, and digital storage requirements. The intern will also become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation. For a .pdf with more information, click here. For information on applying please contact Dr. Ad Muniz, Collections Manager.

Geographic Information System (GIS) (Postions Available for Spring 2015 Only)

Experience with GIS software required.  With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will create shapefiles and maps for curated archaeological collections using ArcGIS 10.X. The intern will convert GPS data, transfer database information into attributes tables, and create maps for museum exhibits and public outreach. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological GIS laboratory procedures such as computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and database manage-ment. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials. For a .pdf with more information, click here. For more information on applying please contact Dr. Ad Muniz, Collections Manager.

Library Science (Intern Positions Available for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014)

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will arrange and catalogue materials in the Center’s library. During the course of the internship, the intern will take a leading role in the cataloguing, sorting and storing of research files and creating user guides for these collections. The intern will also assist staff members in locating and borrowing materials for in-house research. Center staff will instruct the intern on archival procedures, computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.

For a .pdf with more information, click here.

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Public Archaeology

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will research, design, and produce a project that educates the public about archaeology, history, prehistory or related topics and uses the Center’s archaeological collections. The intern will formulate a plan for public dissemination of the project as a museum exhibit, public class or lecture presentation. During the course of the research and dissemination planning, the intern will receive guidance in exhibit site selection, exhibit design and production, and public education curriculum development in conjunction with state content standards as appropriate to the selected project. For a .pdf with more information, click here. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Development & Marketing Intern (Positions available for Summer & Fall 2014)

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will assist the Development Office in marketing and development activities, including the Center's Capital Campaign, Annual Fund, newsletter and website. This internship will give the intern valuable, real-world experience in non-profit fundraising, marketing and strategic planning.

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We are also seeking an intern or volunteer for website development and upkeep. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at for information.