2016 Summer Internship and Research Fellowship

Spend this summer at NHMU and embark on the opportunity of a lifetime. Our internships and research fellowships are informative, helpful, fun, and rewarding! Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Internship: Anthropology Collections Care at NHMU 

The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) includes significant archaeological and ethnographic collections that represent the prehistory and ethnographic history of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau as well as comparative collections from North and South America. We are pleased to offer an Anthropology Collections Care Internship at NHMU for the summer of 2016, to be completed between the months of June 15-August 31, 2016.

The internship is envisioned to be a paid, summer position that would introduce students to collections care and management at NHMU. It is expected that the recipient would work on a specific project determined by the Collections Manager, to be completed within the time of the internship. There will also be opportunity to learn collections cataloging, object analysis and research, storage, care and conservation. Applicants must be eligible for employment in the US and be a currently enrolled student in a college or university. A museum studies or anthropology emphasis is especially desirable in the successful applicant.

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Research Fellowship: Archaeological/Ethnographic Collections at NHMU

The archaeological and ethnographic collections of the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) include significant material from the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, among other regions. To encourage research on these collections and to provide students with opportunities for collections-based research, the NHMU is pleased to announce an Archaeological/Ethnographic Collections Research Fellowship at NHMU during the 2016 summer.

This fellowship supports a graduate student for two months (one month extension possible with curator approval) plus associated expenses while using the NHMU archaeological and/or ethnographic collections. Applicants must be eligible for employment in the US and a currently enrolled graduate student at a college or university. Projects must be completed in two months sometime between June 15 – September 15, 2016. Awardees are required to make a public presentation about their results at the NHMU and submit an abstract for use on the NHMU website.

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Check out last year's Internship and Fellowship researchers!

2015 Summer Internship

"The Internship in Anthropology Collections Care at the Natural History Museum of Utah during the summer of 2015 gave me some great experience working with incredible collections. It was great learning from the staff and getting to interact with the different roles and divisions within the museum. My internship experience involved a diverse set of projects including database systems and education outreach in addition to collection management. I really appreciated my time there and the things that I learned."

- Joseph Bryce Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University




2015 Summer Research Fellowship

"As a 2015 Museum Research Fellow I created a photographic database of over 2,000 projectile points and projectile point fragments from four important Utah Archaeological Sites: Danger Cave, Hogup Cave, Sudden Shelter, and Swallow Shelter. The artifact photographs, taken from multiple perspectives, enable researchers interested in projectile point morphology to remotely view and measure the projectile points without having to remove them from storage collections or visit the museum. The high resolution and careful lighting conditions under which these photographs were taken surpass previously published photos of the artifacts, enabling researchers to examine flaking characteristics such as retouching or types of breakage. I am using measurements taken from the photos in a portion of my dissertation examining relationships between projectile point morphology and the hunted faunal remains at these sites as well as several other future papers related to projectile point morphology. The Archaeology and Ethnographic Collections Museum Research Fellowship was an incredible opportunity that allowed me to engage in this time-intensive data collection process for my own research while simultaneously increasing the reach of these important Natural History Museum of Utah collections for the larger archaeological community."

- Erik Martin, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology University of Utah