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🔗Nebraska Plains Archaeological Collections Intern – 520 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Lincoln, NE
  • 24.00 USD / Hour
  • November 30, 2023
  • Department: Bureau of Reclamation - History Nebraska/University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Job Reference #: 3447b
  • Job Summary: The internship includes examining, cataloging, and preparing archaeological collections for long term curation and preparing associated cultural resource records for submission to the repository. Work must be completed by August 23, 2024.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Applicants should be upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in archaeology, anthropology, or museum studies, or a recent graduate in those fields. Prior course work, training, experience, or other knowledge in Plains archaeology is preferred.

    The candidate must be able to identify and quantify classes of prehistoric objects such as ceramics, bone, shell, lithics, diagnostic artifacts, and associated debris. Must be able to research museum records and archival documentation such as field notes, excavation maps, and final reports to determine object provenience. The candidate must be able to work independently, be detail-oriented, and possess strong technical, research, and computer skills.

    The intern must furnish and use a personal laptop with Microsoft Office products. The candidate must understand and enter catalog data in an Excel spreadsheet. Museum supplies and a backup memory drive will be provided.

  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions to apply online.

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Uses carts or other means to move boxes weighing between 5 and 40 lbs within the facility. Work involves prolonged sedentary periods during processing which can be relieved to some degree with breaks.
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Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is a leader of water development projects in the Western United States and has also contributed significantly to our knowledge of the nation’s prehistory and history. As an agency of the Federal government, Reclamation is responsible for protecting and managing these irreplaceable resources in a spirit of stewardship for future generations.

The successful candidate will conduct the majority of work at the History Nebraska’s secure repository, and minimally at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. History Nebraska administers government archives, historical sites, and collects and preserves the materials that document Nebraska’s human history. History Nebraska is a repository for the Bureau of Reclamation’s archaeological collections that were excavated from sites in western Nebraska ranging in age from the Archaic, Woodland, and Plains Village periods. The archaeological collection size is estimated at 15 cubic feet. Curation of paleontological collections at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln may also occur if time allows.

This opportunity provides exposure to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) curation procedures, standards, and collections management fundamentals. The intern will organize the collections by identifying, sorting, labelling, tagging, and re-housing artifacts for long term storage. The intern will perform catalog data entry, select and photograph diagnostic objects, and share backed-up data with Reclamation’s specialist for import into the DOI’s Interior Collection Management System. In addition, the intern will examine associated cultural resource records and may scan records for submission to Reclamation and the History Nebraska repository.

Locations: 1) History Nebraska 5050 N. 32nd St, Lincoln NE 68504.; and 2) Nebraska and Morrill Halls, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 900 N 16th St, Lincoln, NE 68508.; and 2

Duration: 520 hours (c. 13 weeks) must be completed by August 23, 2024. Work may begin as early as January 2024, with a flexible start date depending on intern availability.

Schedule: Access to the buildings is restricted to business hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with some days limited depending on facility staff availability. A flexible part/full-time schedule may be arranged to accommodate intern availability.

Other Information: Housing and transportation are not provided. Public transit is available to both campuses:

This position is funded by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), in cooperation with the National Park Service. Program eligibility requirements apply; visit for details and instructions on how to apply.

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    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

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