IAIS has a robust internship program reaching across a variety of fields. Our internships are available to those enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking credit for their time. If you have any other interests, such as gaining work experience or completing community service, please visit the volunteer opportunities section of our webpage.
More information about internship opportunities at IAIS is available via the Research and Collections Internships [PDF].
Archaeological Collections: Interns will be assigned a specific archaeological collection(s) and associated files to examine, interpret, and identify artifacts to their ability with the assistance of the Director of Research and Collections. Interns will be instructed in use of Past Perfect Museum Software, IAIS’ collections database. Interns will need to possess strong organizational skills, a basic understanding of archaeological excavation techniques, and attention to detail. Interns will be expected to write a report discussing the contents of the collection and their interpretation of the site, based on their analysis of the artifacts and excavation documentation as well as perusal of any previously written descriptions, reports, and publications concerning the site and its material remains. All papers, notes, etc. generated by the intern are to be incorporated into the site file stored at IAIS and used as a reference for future research and collections work. A candidate should have experience, or want to gain knowledge, in basic artifact identification, archaeological knowledge, proficiency with Microsoft Office, the ability to work independently as well as with others, and be willing to learn.
Ethnobotanical Collection: Interns will assist in the continuing cataloging of IAIS’ extensive ethnobotanical collection, ensuring that each specimen is properly identified with all appropriate information and correctly preserved. All of the specimens will entered into the PastPerfect Museum Software for easy, digital access. Interns will be instructed in how to properly use the PP5 Software. Applicants should possess strong organizational skills, excellent writing skills, an avid interest in botany, and an ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Comparative Zoological Collection: Interns will work with the comparative skeletal zoological collection to help identify and preserve items in the collection. Complete specimens will be properly articulated and a brief life history of each specimen will be generated. Applicants should have a background in zoology and have interest in zoology, zooarchaeology, or osteology. Strong organizational skills, excellent writing skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
Cultural & Environmental Independent Studies: Interns will utilize the IAIS research library, collections and oral histories/interviews to complete various projects for the IAIS. Interns will investigate Native American cultures and communities, local environments, and interactions with other tribal groups, and European groups. Students will work with the Assistant Executive Director and Director of Research to select an appropriate topic. Examples:
Cultural landscape histories: Study land use and change of ownership over time, focusing on the impact of Native perspectives on land juxtaposed to European perspectives. Interns will look at tribal homelands during Pre-contact period, how these actual areas changed Post-Contact, and how Reservation lands.
Regional tribal or community studies: Promote awareness of tribal history and continued presence through the study of, interviews with, or research collections within the region and produce public-oriented educational materials from the research.
Post-contact Cultural Studies: Interns will work with both primary and secondary resources to study how Native American communities interacted internally, with other Native American communities, and with non-native communities after European contact. This covers the period of time from first contact up until modern day. Potential topics include: healthcare, tribal relations, repatriation, economic, land/treaty disputes, preservation of language and other contemporary issues. Additional topics may be chosen at the discretion of the Assistant Executive Director and Director of Research.