Homestead Project Historic Preservation Internship

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
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How to Apply

A complete application must include the following to be considered:

  • Completion of all required fields in the application and successful application submission
  • Undergraduate or graduate transcripts as appropriate
  • Two recommendations

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Application Deadline
1/21/2019 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) manages nearly 2000 archaeological and historic properties, including many that date to the Ancestral Puebloan Period (A.D. 1150-1600) and the Homestead Period (A.D. 1912-1942). As a part of the broader field of environmental management, archaeologists at LANL manage these cultural resources and engage in compliance-based research to better understand past societies’ relationships with their environment. For example, how did Ancestral Puebloan farmers deal with drought conditions, or alter the landscape through activities in pursuit of lithic, floral, and faunal resources?

For the proposed project, the 2019 MSIPP intern will assist in the research, documentation, and possible excavation of a Hispanic-owned historical homestead. The intern will learn to identify and quantify historical metal, glass, ceramics, floral, and faunal artifacts to support research. This research will address the seasonal occupation of the homestead, the land use activities and technologies related to subsistence, and how the occupants negotiated the transition to cash-crop economies. This research of the homestead site will place Hispanic homesteads into the larger context of northern New Mexico history, and highlight the lives and experiences of industrious peoples that contributed to contemporary populations. This project will also help to further help establish a Center for Applied Heritage Resources at LANL, which trains the next generation of archaeologists and historic preservationists through research and compliance of unparalleled, non-renewable cultural resources.

Salary: Selected candidate will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, and may include one round trip domestic travel to and from the host laboratory. Stipends and salaries will be commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory, and will vary from lab to lab.

Application Deadline: January 21, 2019

Expected Start Date:  May 28, 2019


Eligible applicants must:                                                               

  • Be a citizen of the United States,
  • Be at least 18 years of age,
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution,,
  • Working toward a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree,
  • Have an undergraduate or graduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and
  • Pass a drug test upon selection to participate in the MSIPP. The process and timing for drug testing varies from lab to lab.  Use of Marijuana/Cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states.  However, having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites and National Laboratories. 

Successful candidates will:

  • A current undergraduate or recent graduate of an anthropology/archaeology program, or a related field of history, native studies, or environmental science. An interest in the cultural nature of a landscape through time and space is preferred. Desired Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (1 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (5 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )


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