Archeology Collections Assistant

Internship Title:  Archeology Collections Assistant

Supervising Division/Department/Site: Historic Sites Division

Semester Internship is Available:  Spring 2017

Work Location Address: 9013 Tuscany Way, Austin, TX 78754

Duration: To be determined (Can be semester based or as needed for project)

Application Closing Date: Until Filled

Hours/Week:  At least 8 hours per week. Hours avaliable: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:30-3:00pm.

Travel Required:  No   



Landmark Inn artifact processing project: Interns would be working at the Texas Historical Commission's Curatorial Facility in Austin,  directly under the guidance of our full-time Archeology Collections Manager.  Our curatorial staff is currently processing the Landmark Inn State Historic Site (41ME6)  collection. Between 1975-1980 archaeological excavations were conducted at this important site in Castroville, Texas. The resulting artifact collection documents commercial and industrial activities that occurred at the site from 1850-1920.  The site is comprised of several historic structures built beteen 1850 and 1875, including Landmark Inn, a detached kitchen, a bathhouse and the Haass-Quintle mill. The collection, still in original field bags, is comprised of a wide variety of artifacts including ceramics, glass, metal, faunal material, and personal effects such as jewelry and pipes.


The curatorial facility is four miles north of downtown Austin and opened in 2010.  The facility contains freestanding vault and warehouse storage, and a spatious and well-lit laboratory space for processing artifacts and a developing research library.  The internship would also include field trips to Texas A&M’s conservation research lab and possibly some site visits. 

Complies with all agency Internship Program Policies and Procedures.



  • Cross-referencing ambiguous archeological reports and field notes to confirm  artifact identification 
  • Online and archival research to enhance artifact typology and descriptions
  • Inventorying, cataloguing, bagging, tagging and storage of artifacts into state-approved conditions from previous substandard and acidic materials



Understanding of basic artifact typologies. Basic computer skills, organization and time management. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently.



Current enrollment in an anthropology or archeology undergraduate program.  Graduate students are also welcome.

Bus service to the facility isn’t very good, access to a car, or another mode of transportation, may be needed.


REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Applications must be submitted on the Texas Historical Commission’s Internship Application available on the web at  Please mail applications to P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711 or deliver them in person at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite B-65, Austin, Texas.  A resume and current transcript must be submitted with your application.  Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of applications.  Applications will be reviewed, and top applicants will be contacted for interviews.  After a qualified person has been chosen for the specified internship, letters will be mailed to all interviewed applicants letting them know that the position has been filled. Disability access for application submission, testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice.


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