Women in Archeology Internship Program
May 31-August 11, 2015

Deadline for Applications: March 16, 2015 April 15, 2015 by midnight CST


Position Announcement

The Center for American Archeology (CAA), Kampsville, Illinois, is offering four internship positions for the summer of 2015 (May 31-August 11) for women undergraduate, graduate students, and archeologists early in their careers with at least 6 weeks of field experience and experience in lab methods.

Individuals interested in public archeology, museum education, archeological outreach, and other closely related fields are also welcome to apply. Because these positions are made possible by the Monticello College Foundation, a former women’s college, internships are open only to women. The goal of the internships is to develop and enhance professional skills in research planning, teaching, and public outreach. This is not merely a job, but an opportunity to grow professionally and personally. Teaching students of all ages in a learning environment is a major component of the program. WIA Internships are high-energy, intensive, and demanding. You will be challenged, but you will be rewarded with skills that will serve you well throughout your future educational and career paths!

2014 WIA Interns heading out to TBGOK

Interns will work collaboratively with CAA staff, and have a diverse array of responsibilities during the summer, including opening the site for the season; supervising and conducting field excavation; laboratory processing and management; logistical operations, including transporting students to and from the airport and train station; and professional archeological research. WIA Interns act as key supervisory and teaching personnel for the CAA’s summer excavation field school programs, including our High School Field School sessions, Adult Field School, Family Dig It Weekends, and Archeology Day.

Successful candidates for the internship should be friendly, even-tempered, socially mature, able to take direction, and should possess a very strong work ethic, initiative and motivation, excellent communication skills, and the ability to live and work with colleagues and students in a positive, collegial learning environment. Interns will teach and chaperone our middle and high school students during their residential field school programs. If you are not interested in public outreach and education in archeology, unable or unwilling to interact with young people, and/or are a high-maintenance person, please do not apply for an internship. Interns will work six days a week and will be actively engaged in research, teaching, and chaperoning at least 12 hours a day. Interns will also be responsibly for collaborating on a research paper or poster that will be presented at the 2015 Midwest Archaeological Conference. Interns will financially supported by the internship to attend the conference.

WIA intern, Grace, works with a young student of archeology

Excavations will take place at two sites this summer: Golden Eagle and the Buried Gardens of Kampsville (TBGOK)

Golden Eagle is the only known prehistoric site with an enclosing embankment in the Illinois River Valley. In 2013 and 2014, CAA archeologists conducted large-scale remote sensing surveys across the site, revealing intact archeological deposits, as well as evidence of a ditch-and-embankment structure encompassing the site. Excavations of Golden Eagle began in 2014 with initial testing of the ditch-and-embankment, revealing evidence of building sequences. In 2015 we’ll continue to explore this enigmatic site.

TBGOK is a Middle Woodland habitation site. Over the past ten seasons, it has yielded a large number of features indicative of longer-term village settlement as well as exotic trade goods. Our research goal is to elucidate the nature and extent of these cultural deposits, and to analyze the site’s placement and role within the context of the Lower Illinois River valley region’s archeological record.

The internship program and field excavation project will be directed by the Director of Education at the Center for American Archeology. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the CAA education@caa-archeology.org or 618-653-4316.


Compensation: Interns receive a stipend of $2,000 for 10 weeks and room and board (plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday; weekends meals are on your own). Interns are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from our area, as well as personal spending money. In addition to the stipend, interns will receive $500 to attend and present at the Midwest Archaeological Conference.

Who May Apply: Women currently enrolled in college as an undergraduate or graduate student, those who will begin their graduate education during the 2015-2016 academic year, and those who are early in their career (received their BA within the past four years) are eligible. Only advanced undergraduates (junior & senior standing) will be considered. Applicants should be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license; those who will turn 21 during the summer are not disqualified from applying.

Application Process:

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 field season.