#GivingTuesday 2022

Support your San Diego Archaeological Center on November 29, 2022, for #GivingTuesday. We need your gift today to train the archaeologists of tomorrow. Help us raise $5,000 in just 24 hours to purchase technology for our interns.

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Why Is Our Internship Program Important?

Our internship program provides students with real-world training for careers in archaeology and related fields. Each intern completes at least 100 hours and creates a blog, video, or project to share their work with the public.

  • Collections Management interns identify thousands of artifacts common to the San Diego region and become proficient in laboratory procedures while preparing archaeological collections for curation.
  • Library Science interns arrange and catalog materials in the Center’s library while learning archival procedures and preventative conservation.
  • Public Archaeology interns use the Center’s archaeological collections to design programs or museum exhibits.

Interning at the San Diego Archaeological Center has been the best experience and has opened up so many new and exciting opportunities for me. Everyone at the Center is there to help you learn and gain hands-on experience that can help further a career in the field of archaeology. I am so thankful for my time at the C henter and all it has helped me accomplish in a small span of time. – Alysa Ransom, Collections Management Intern

My internship experience over the last year at the San Diego Archaeological Center has been an invaluable one to my academic goals, and one that I would never have received at the University alone. The experience I gained under Vanessa, Danté, and Stephanie has definitely changed the way I view archaeological education of the public and has given me a tool set to better benefit my career in Archaeological outreach going forward. This was the best opportunity I could have taken, and I would highly recommend it to others.  – Adam Niesley, Public Archaeology Intern

What Am I Supporting?

Earlier this year, Public Archaeology Coordinator Vanessa Chappins introduced a training module that reinforces these in-person projects with virtual lessons. This new component of the internship allows us to accommodate more interns, especially in the Collections Department. Next year, we would like to add video content to clarify Collections and Library procedures.

Your support can help us purchase the equipment needed to add video content to our internship training as well as equipment that interns can use at the Center.

  • $25 can fund a phone tripod for filming videos for intern training
  • $50 can fund a green screen for filming videos for intern training
  • $100 can fund a document camera for Collections interns to show artifacts in video projects
  • $500 can fund a laptop for Public Archaeology interns to design and deliver virtual programs
  • $1,000 can fund a document scanner for Library interns to digitize reports

Other Ways to Give

  • Mail your donation to the San Diego Archaeological Center.
  • Call us at 760-291-0370 and we can process your debit/credit card payment.
  • Many employers will match gifts for employees, employees’ spouses, or retired employees. A corporate matching gift means that $100 becomes $200, $1,000 becomes $2,000, and so forth. Please contact your employer to see if your gift qualifies.

Collections Research

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will identify, design, and conduct an original research project that uses the Center’s archaeological collections. The intern will formulate a plan for public dissemination of the project results as a journal publication, a museum exhibit, or a public class or lecture. During the course of the research and dissemination planning, the intern will receive training in research design, collections management, artifact analysis, and exhibit design and production as appropriate to the selected project.

Archaeology Lab Positions

Volunteers will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. Center staff will instruct the volunteer on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Volunteers assist with the design, construction, and installation of Center Museum exhibits.

Volunteers work in the Center’s Research Library, cataloguing materials and organizing on a computer-based system.

Marketing and Administrative Volunteers assist the Development Office or Administration Office with data entry, updating marketing materials and clerical tasks. Computer experience is a plus.

Docents welcome visitors and answer general questions regarding the Center and exhibits. Docents staff the gift shop and help out with administrative and curatorial tasks.

Volunteers support event activities at the Center, such as the Annual BBQ, lectures, workshops, and fundraising events. Be a part of the party!

Volunteer provide support for K-12 programs offered at the Center. These are fun, hands-on programs that kids really enjoy. Teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Background checks are required.

Collections Management

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.

Development and Marketing

Under the direction of Center staff, the intern will support the department in various activities, including, but not limited to, fundraising and grant research; e-newsletter development; social media marketing; tour web app content creation, integration, and management; and website maintenance. This internship will give the intern valuable, real-world experience in non-profit fundraising and marketing.

Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology

Prospective Interns must have completed three courses: Introduction to GIS, GIS Database Management, and Intermediate/Advanced Methods in GIS. The intern will be assigned a project where they will create shapefiles and maps for curated archaeological collections, museum exhibits, and/or public outreach using ArcGIS 10.6. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological GIS laboratory procedures such as computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and database management.

Library Science

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will arrange and catalog materials in the Center’s library. During the course of the internship, the intern will take a leading role in the cataloging, sorting and storing of research files and creating user guides for these collections. Center staff will instruct the intern on archival procedures, computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.

Public Archaeology

With the assistance of Center staff, interns will research, design, and produce a project that educates the public about archaeology or a related field using the Center’s archaeological collections. Interns may create virtual museum exhibits and related activities, develop curricula for K-12 programs in line with current content standards, or plan and present a public class or lecture. Per approval, special projects of the intern’s choosing are also available. During the course of the research and planning, the intern will receive guidance as appropriate to the selected project.