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Archaeological Collections Research Assistantship or Internship

The Missouri History Museum (MHM) is accepting applications from students interested in an unpaid research assistantship or internship within our Exhibitions and Research Department.

The intern will assist in analyzing, describing, marking, and cataloging artifacts in the Museum’s extensive archaeological lithic tool collection. This ongoing project creates descriptions and finding aids that will enable future generations of researchers to appreciate these important cultural artifacts.

The intern’s responsibilities may include:

  • Identifying lithic tool types and materials using provided guides
  • Consistently applying descriptive nomenclature for individual artifacts within the collections database management system
  • Labeling and tagging artifacts with collections tracking information
  • Constructing archival storage housing
  • Recording measurements and markings
  • Photographing individual artifacts and associating images with record metadata

A minimum of 10 hours per week for 12 to 15 weeks is desired, with a flexible schedule between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. The final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

Preferred assistantship candidates will be graduate students; undergraduate students in good academic standing with a passion for and competency in the subject will be considered for the internship. Appropriate fields of academic study include: archaeology, material culture studies, history, museum studies, archive management, environmental studies, or similar fields. The applicant should possess good communication, computer, and research skills, and sensitivity to and care for delicate artifacts.

Each candidate must complete the online application at and attach a résumé and short statement of interest. If selected for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact: Vicki Kaffenberger at or Tamaki A. Harvey Stratman at

The Missouri Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as the confluence of historical perspectives and contemporary issues to inspire and engage our audiences.

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