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. https://history.nebraska.gov/collections/; and 2) Nebraska and Morrill Halls, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 900 N 16th St, Lincoln, NE 68508. https://museum.unl.edu/collections/anthropology/index.html; 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: https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/Departments/LTU/StarTran/Routes.
This position is funded by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), in cooperation with the National Park Service. Program eligibility requirements apply; visit https://preservenet.org/ncpe-internships/ for details and instructions on how to apply.