Anne Arundel Countys (Maryland) Lost Towns Project is seeking qualified college and high school interns to assist in discovering, exploring, and protecting our local archaeological and architectural resources. Our non-profit organization is staffed by professional archaeologists, preservation planners, and laboratory specialists and we conduct research on some of the most preeminent prehistoric and historic sites in the Chesapeake.
Interns work closely with professionals in a real-world work environment and are exposed to a broad range of experiences. Most students choose from introductory internships in field or lab archaeology, historical research, architectural history, and historic preservation. For more advanced students, we can develop research-oriented internships designed to explore specific historic, academic, or methodological interests. A general description of each type of internship is provided below:
Archaeological Field Intensive: This internship allows students to engage in hands-on field archaeology. Students will learn excavation procedures, archaeological documentation, and artifact identification. Limited time will be spent in the lab processing artifacts.
Archaeological Lab Intensive: Lab intensive interns will be immersed in the numerous tasks required to process and identify artifacts in the Anne Arundel County Archaeological Laboratory. In addition, students will learn about collections management and the basics of artifact analysis and conservation.
Historical Research: Students learn the fundamentals of historical research with visits to the Maryland State Archives and other facilities. Assignments may include document transcription with primary materials from the historic period such as newspapers, maps, manuscripts, land and probate records, and court documents.
Architectural History/Historic Preservation: Interns work alongside County planners to assist in identifying and preserving historic buildings and landscapes. Projects may include conducting an architectural site survey, writing architectural building descriptions, or photo documenting buildings or landscapes.
Internships are offered year-round and there are no due dates for applications. College-level internships run 120 hours and high school internships run 60 hours. Flexible scheduling is offered. Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to our office and lab near Annapolis and to various sites throughout Anne Arundel County. Compensation, per diem, and housing are not offered.