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. Archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures, landscapes, and objects are the fabric of our national heritage. Collectively known as cultural resources, they are our tangible links with the past. 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 be stationed at the Kansas Historical Society (KHS), Cultural Resources Division in Topeka, Kansas. The KHS is home to the Kansas State Archives and the Kansas Museum of History. The KHS administers state-owned historic sites and collects and preserves the story of Kansas history. KHS is a repository for the Bureau of Reclamation’s archaeological collections which were excavated from sites in north-central Kansas ranging in age from the Archaic, Woodland, and Plains Village periods. The collection size is estimated at 28 cubic feet, or 28 boxes.
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 future import into the DOI’s Interior Collection Management System (ICMS). In addition, the intern will examine associated cultural resource records and may scan records for submission to Reclamation and the KHS repository.
Location: Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615-1099. https://www.kshs.org/
Duration: 680 hours (c. 17 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 building is restricted to business hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with some days limited to 3:30 pm 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 the facility on Route 6: https://www.topekametro.org/routes-and-detours.
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.