University of Nebraska State Museum Collection Management Project

The Anthropology Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum curates worldwide ethnological and archaeological collections. The collection includes over 40,000 objects, with regional strength in Asia, Africa, Native North America, Oceania, and the upper Amazon, and notable holdings worldwide in textiles, basketry, and pottery. The archaeological collection focuses on Nebraska archaeology with particular strength in Paleoindian materials, but also includes material from across the globe.

This internship program is designed to foster the intellectual growth of students through training and hands-on experience. The dedicated work of student interns helps the division fulfill the University of Nebraska State Museum's mission.

Applications are due April 22, 2022

Application Internship Contract Form

2022 Internship Project: American and World Archaeology

Running the academic year, the project will focus on rehousing and cataloging the UNSM Archaeology collection, which features both American and global archaeological material. The project will focus on learning how to properly catalog and photograph objects as well as how to appropriately house and organize this extensive collection.

  • The American archaeology collection primarily includes material from Nebraska that tells the history of the Plains region dating back 13,000 years. This collection includes significant archaeological material recovered by Robert F. Gilder during the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as the Perry Anderson collection of approximately 3,500 Paleoindian projectile points and stone tools.
  • The world archaeology collection centers on Middle Eastern, Central American, and South American artifacts.

The Anthropology Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum explores the rich cultural diversity of our shared world through collecting, curating, researching, and exhibiting archaeological and ethnographic objects from cultures both past and present.

The division:

  • illuminates both cultural differences and similarities throughout the world and how such interconnectivity creates opportunities for intercultural learning
  • contributes to our understanding of shared cultural heritage by making material culture accessible to students, scholars, cultural practitioners, and our publics in Nebraska and around the world
  • fulfills this mission through ethical stewardship, cultural relativism, collaborative partnerships, and respect for the expertise of Indigenous communities