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].
IAIS Internship Opportunities
The Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) is a 501(c)3 Non-profit museum and research center. Through discovery and education, IAIS preserves the vitality, knowledge, and diverse, traditions of Native American Peoples with a specialization in Eastern Woodland Cultures.
Experience & Expectations:
Interns accepted into the IAIS Internship Program will be given a professional and engaging experience to work under the direct super vision of museum staff. All work and performance will be reviewed by supervising staff with feedback and guidance provided to the Intern. An internship at IAIS is a unique and excellent short-term opportunity for those interested in gaining experience and contacts within the professional museum, archaeological, and Native American communities.
Interns are expected to work with staff to develop and complete a personalized project within listed opportunities, summarize their findings, and turn in the final summery of their experience in at the end of their time at the IAIS. Presenting any work completed during the internship at outside conferences, with approval from the IAIS Collections Committee and/or the Executive Director, is encouraged.
Application & Eligibility
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or high school program. Internship applicants must submit a copy of their CV or resume as well as their responses to the Internship Questions. If you are not currently enrolled in a degree program IAIS would still like you to be involved, please fill out the volunteer application on the IAIS website.
Internship Program Options
Scheduling will be determined by mutual agreement by both the IAIS staff and the intern.
The Digital Archives Intern will work with IAIS staff to identify, catalogue, organize, rehouse, digitize, and summarize the IAIS archaeological collections. Interns will be assigned a collection and supervised by IAIS Laboratory staff. Interns will be trained on PastPerfect Museum Software as well as artifact identification. This internship is intended for students who are looking for experience, or wish to pursue a career in museum studies, archaeology, or archives. Interns will be expected to submit a paper summarizing their experience and overall understanding of the collection they were assigned.
The Ethnographic Collections Intern will work with the IAIS staff to photograph, research and summarize objects from IAIS’ Ethnographic collection for dissemination on the IAIS website. Interns will utilize existing information regarding objects along with additional research to be of the highest standards. Students looking to gain experience in writing for the public (Website, exhibition, and pamphlet materials) in cultural, historical, or archival settings are encouraged to apply. Interns will be instructed in the use of PastPerfect 5 Museum Software and Past Perfect Online.
Intern must demonstrate a deep respect for Native American culture and material items as well as discretion. The intern will also be expected to assist with the cataloguing and researching of incoming collections.
Public Relations & Social Media Intern:
The Public Intern will assist IAIS staff with drafting, editing, and publishing material for dissemination through IAIS’ social media, blogs, pamphlets, and other forms of media. Students interested in pursuing a career in publishing or social media management. While the intern will be trained in updating, managing, and posting to the IAIS website, experience is using web based platforms such as WordPress, and Blogger is preferred.
Digging into the Past Internship:
The Digging into the Past Intern will assist in updating, organizing and developing content for IAIS’ archaeological website. Interns will be instructed in use of the website platform and will given materials to be summarized for dissemination to the public. Intern will work with experts in the field along with fellow interns to develop materials for the website. Knowledge of the WordPress platform preferred but not required.
Comparative Chert Collection:
The Comparative Collections Intern will organize and in some cases perform thin section analysis of IAIS’ comparative chert collection. The chert samples represent a variety of material from across the Northeast and New York state. Knowledge of lithic materials, formation, and analysis is required. This internship is intended for students studying and interested in geology are encouraged to apply.
Comparative Zoological Collection:
The Comparative Zoological Collections Interns will work with the comparative skeletal zoological collection to help identify and preserve items in the collection. This internship is intended for individuals interested in careers in archaeology, zoology, zooarchaeology, or osteology. Intern will work to rehouse and make accessible the comparative zoological collection to researchers. Intern will be required to work both independently and as part of a team.