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The application period for the 2014 archaeology internships has closed. This page is provided for general informational purposes only.
Please check back later this fall for information on 2015 internships.
Crow Canyon Research
Crow Canyon's research focuses on the ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) occupation of the Mesa Verde region. In 2014, we will continue our study of the Basketmaker III period (A.D. 500–750) as part of a multiyear project titled the Basketmaker Communities Project: Early Pueblo Society in the Mesa Verde Region. This study examines the origins of the Mesa Verde Pueblo tradition through test and intensive excavations at a seventh-century Basketmaker community. The centerpiece of the project is the Dillard site, a community center that includes a great kiva.
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center maintains high standards of research and scholarship. Students and adults participating in the Center's programs are closely supervised by research and education staff members in the field and the lab, ensuring a positive learning experience for them, as well as high-quality research for the profession. In addition, American Indians—many of them descendants of the ancestral Pueblo people—consult on all facets of our research, and colleagues from many other disciplines contribute their expertise to help us achieve our objectives. In such an environment, archaeology interns have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in working with, and learning from, a wide variety of people.
What Do Archaeology Interns Do?
Field interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
Laboratory internships will emphasize cataloging and analysis of archaeological collections, particularly pottery and stone artifacts. Interns will also have the option of working on a special project involving analysis and interpretation of artifact collections.
Archaeobotany interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:
Archaeobotany internships will emphasize cataloging and analysis of archaeobotanical samples, particularly flotation and macrofossil samples. Interns will also have the opportunity to contribute to other laboratory tasks as time permits.
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
Crow Canyon's 170-acre campus is located in southwestern Colorado, near Mesa Verde National Park and the town of Cortez. Wooded hillsides overlook a grassy meadow, complete with a running stream and small pond. From the porch of the lodge, you can enjoy a spectacular view of both Mesa Verde and the La Plata Mountains.
The following on-campus facilities are available to interns:
Interns are paid $8.00 per hour. A travel allowance (up to $350) is available to help defray travel expenses. You may choose to live on campus (see description of accommodations, above) at a weekly rate of $45 for lodging and meals (when available) in our dining room.
Interns work a five-day week, Monday through Friday. Interns are not eligible for the Crow Canyon benefits package. Crow Canyon does not provide vehicles for personal use.
The Center does not offer course credit for internships, but will gladly certify work/study performed and provide evaluations if students wish to arrange for credit through another institution.