2023 UC-HBCU Graduate Pathways Internship in African Archaeology

Dear colleagues,

Please forward to following announcement to potential HBCU students interested in Archaeology.

The UCSC Archaeological Research Center is excited to announce the 2023 UC-HBCU Graduate Pathways Internship in African Archaeology. Now in its 5th year, the internship is a five-week summer training program designed to introduce undergraduate students enrolled at accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the methods and results of archaeological research on African Diaspora sites. Since 2018, interns from multiple HBCUs have participated in archaeological excavations at three sites of key importance to the African Diaspora: 1) Sans-Souci, the royal palace of Henry Christophe located in Milot, Haiti, 2) Estate Little Princess, a former Danish plantation in St. Croix, USVI, and 3) Saclo, Bénin, a rural village that emerged on the outskirts of Abomey, capital of the precolonial Kingdom of Dahomey.

For the 2023 field season, we will focus exclusively on the site of Saclo, Bénin. Students will spend one week in residence at UC Santa Cruz, California (June 25th-July 1st) and another four weeks in Bénin (July 2nd-July 29th) doing field work and visiting heritage sites. At UCSC, students will receive one week of intensive training in artifact analysis and digital archaeological methods from multiple specialists on campus. Particular attention will be devoted to artifact typology, and the use of 3D technology to model artifacts and excavations. Interns will then join participants from the Université d’Abomey Calavi for 4 weeks of survey and excavation at Saclo in Bénin.

While in Bénin, interns will apply the methods they have learned in a real archaeological setting, recovering traces of a settlement dating to the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the rise of the Kingdom of Dahomey. Interns will also visit important heritage sites in Bénin (Ouidah, Savi, Abomey, Cana), and learn from leaders in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage in Bénin. Time permitting, we may also conduct limited testing at a site associated with the Agojié, famous women warriors most recently depicted in the film The Woman King.

Participating interns will gain field experience in interdisciplinary methods for the study of West Africa and the African Diaspora, and mentorship towards a career in archaeology. The internship is intended to teach students basic excavation, survey, and analysis methods while also exposing them to potential graduate level research in archaeology and related disciplines. All room, board, and travel to and from UC Santa Cruz and Bénin will be provided. Additionally, interns will receive a stipend of $800 per week ($4,000 total). Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for competitive financial incentives to attend graduate school in any program in the University of California system.

Please provide all information requested in subsequent pages, and upload all necessary supporting documentation when prompted. This includes:
a. A 1,000-word essay that outlines your academic background, interest in archaeology, and how this experience will contribute to your academic and career goals.
b. An unofficial transcript.
c. One letter of recommendation from a professor who can speak to your academic interests and abilities.
d. A resume/CV outlining your work experience (academic or otherwise).

For more information about the internship and for links to the application form, please visit our webpage, or you may go directly to the application form. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is 5 pm (Pacific Standard Time), Sunday, February 26th, 2022. Materials received after this deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration. For more information contact Dr. J. Cameron Monroe(jcmonroe@ucsc.edu) or Dr. Justin Dunnavant (jdunnavant@anthro.ucla.edu).


JOB: Intern for Romare Bearden Digital Catalogue Raisonné

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) is seeking a research intern to support the Romare Bearden Digital Catalogue Raisonné project. The intern will assist primarily with the compilation of images related to the art and career of the artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988). This is a twelve-week paid summer internship with a time commitment of twenty-eight hours per week, starting June 6th, 2022. 


The primary assignment will be the task of locating and obtaining high-resolution reproductions of works of art for internal use and future publication. The intern will be responsible for identifying and corresponding with relevant parties to secure permissions. The internship will be conducted as a hybrid of in-person meetings at the WPI office and remote work via Google Meet. Visits to NYC-area research libraries will also be required as necessary.


Graduate-level work in art history, museum studies, or a related field. 

Knowledge about African American art, with emphasis on provenance research and the art market.

Familiarity with Artstor and other primary-source image repositories.

Proficiency with Google Workspace. 

Proficiency with relational computer databases. Intern will be trained on a proprietary database.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Exceptionally detail oriented.

Ability to work independently.

For consideration, applicants should submit a resume with a cover letter and references by Friday, May 20, 2022 to camara.holloway@wpi-art.org.

Internship Opportunities at the Phillips Collection (Washington, DC)

*Community Engagement Intern

*Curatorial Intern

*DEAI Intern

*Education Intern

*Archives Intern

*Preparator and Installations Intern

*Human Resources Intern

*Marketing and Communications Intern

Go to: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f8ae008f-99ab-4241-be9d-f3450d619f5a&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US&selectedMenuKey=CareerCenter

If you are unable to complete this application due to a disability, contact this employer to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process.

Paid Archaeology Internship for College Grads in San Francisco’s Presidio

If you’re a college grad with an archaeology or anthropology background, you might be interested in an 11-month internship that includes free housing, a modest stipend and a transportation benefit. You’d be helping to excavate the Spanish colonial site at the heart of San Francisco’s scenic Presidio.

See internships at the Presidio

Application deadline for Spring 2017 internship is November 1, 2016.Owl-drug-co-bottle-v-2

MoMA 12-month Internship for African American & African Diaspora graduate students (MAs)–applications due Jun. 24, 2016

Aimed at diversifying the institution and helping students historically underrepresented in the visual and cultural arts, this position is open to outstanding African American and African Diaspora graduate students, or recent graduates looking to gain experience and knowledge within the field of Media and Performance Art.

Department of Media and Performance Art Internship

Begins September 12, 2016; concludes September 8, 2017.

This internship is supported by MoMA’s Friends of Education, a Museum affiliate group dedicated to supporting African American and African diaspora artists and audience development at the Museum.

Description: The intern will primarily work with the department’s chief curator and curatorial assistant on two projects: artist Adam Pendleton’s residency at the Museum, culminating in a new, large-scale, multimedia performance; and an exhibition that will include a publication on the occasion of a new acquisition of work by the artist William Pope.L. The intern’s tasks will include support with exhibition planning, bibliographic research, image sourcing and permission requests, editing and design assistance, liaising with the artists’ studios, event support, working fluidly across the Museum’s departments, and other tasks as assigned.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history and/or media and performance art background (MA candidates preferred), strong research skills, reading knowledge of one foreign language, the ability to multitask and prioritize, and the ability to communicate effectively especially under pressure. Previous experience working with artists in a museum setting, or specifically with media and performance art, preferred.

How To Apply: The application deadline is June 24, 2016.

Complete applications include an application form, a resume or curricula vitae, and two essays (no more than 500 words each).

Please see the following links for the application form and instructions. Internship listing and instructions:http://www.moma.org/learn/courses/internships#12month.

Application: http://www.moma.org/momaorg/shared/pdfs/docs/about/application_12_month_2016-2017.pdf

For more information, contact:

Cerrie Woodner Bamford
Sr. Program Coordinator, Affiliate Programs
The Friends of Education
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
T: 212-408-8517   E: cerrie_bamford@moma.org

Summer ’16 Internship – Application due Apr. 8

Chrysler Museum (Norfolk, VA) Internship in Prints

JOB: Carruthers Internship @ Birmingham Museum of Art, Spring 2013

Carruthers Internship – Spring Semester 2013

Education: Graduate student

Area of Study: Art History, Visual Culture, History, African American Studies, or American Studies

Purpose: To support exhibition projects related to the 50th anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.

·        Assist with artist research which includes but not limited to exhibition history, biographical information, and bibliographical history.
·        Write artist biographies and descriptions of art for museum publications.
·        Create artist files for artists involved with commemorative projects.
·        Help coordinate performance projects.
·        Manage communication between the curatorial department and artists and exhibition lenders.
·        Other duties as assigned.

The Carruthers Intern will have the opportunity to contribute to the Museum’s public and support group programs.

Examples include:
·        ArtBreaks
·        Lunch & Learn
·        Gallery Talks

Special Skills
·        Strong interest in African American art and history
·        Good verbal and written communication skills
·        Strong visual analysis skills
·        Extensive experience with library, archival, and web-based research

Time period: January 14 – May 3, 2013
Hours per week: 15-20 hours
The Carruthers Intern will receive a $3,000 stipend.

Additional application material: 10-15 pp writing sample from a research or seminar paper

Deadline is November 1, 2012. Please check out

For more information, contact Anne Forschler-Tarrasch at aforschler@artsbma.org

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