Women in Archeology Internship Program
June 1-August 9, 2014

Deadline for Applications: March 17, 2014 by midnight CST


Position Announcement

The Center for American Archeology (CAA), Kampsville, Illinois, is offering four internship positions for the summer of 2014 (June 1-August 9) for women undergraduate, graduate students, and archeologists early in their careers with experience in both field and 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/or enhance professional skills in research project planning, implementation, 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 living and learning environment is a major component of the program. WIA Internships are high-energy, intensive, demanding, and fun. You will be challenged, but you will be rewarded with skills that will serve you well throughout your future educational and career paths!


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 interpersonal and written 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 school 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 are expected to work six days a week and will be actively engaged in research, teaching, and chaperoning at least 12 hours a day.


Excavations will take place at The Buried Gardens of Kampsville (TBGOK), a Middle Woodland habitation site (ca. 50 BC – AD 250). Over the past nine seasons, TBGOK 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 Dr. Carol Colaninno, the Director of Education at the Center for American Archeology. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Carol at carol@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.

Who May Apply: Women currently enrolled in college as an undergraduate or graduate student, those who will begin their graduate education during the 2014-2015 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: The selection process will consider statement of interest, recommendations from professor/instructor, and resume/CV. The following materials should be submitted to the Center for American Archeology for consideration and received no later than March 17, 2014 by midnight CTS:

  • Internship Application Form
  • Resume or curriculum vita: you must include your current school or alma mater; current contact information, including email address, mailing address, and phone number, and where we can reach you if you are away from school;
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.
  • Cover letter/Statement of interest in which you describe yourself, why you would like to participate in the program, your career goals, what benefit this program will be to you, how your participation will enhance our program.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor/instructor who can comment on your interests and abilities. Do not use the teacher rec form From the CAA website – this is for the High School Field School Program only.

If you have previous experience working with young people, please describe this experience in your statement of interest. Previous teaching experience or experience interacting with children and adults of all ages is not required, but is considered in the selection process.

Each applicant should email or mail all materials directly to the Carol Colaninno. Your professor/instructor may enclose their letters in sealed envelopes and return it to you for mailing, or may email it directly to: carol@caa-archeology.org.

Application packets received after March 17, 2014 will not be considered. Selections for the program will be made within two weeks after the application receipt deadline, and interns selected will be asked to make their decisions within a few days.

How to Apply

Please email application packet to carol@caa-archeology.org


Mail your application packet to:

Women in Archeology Internship Program
Attn: Dr. Carol Colaninno
Center for American Archeology
P.O. Box 366
Kampsville, IL 62053

The Center for American Archeology is an Equal Opportunity Employer.