2018 Archaeology Internship at Monticello

Department of Archaeology, Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, VA 

The Department of Archaeology seeks a summer intern to work under the Curator of Archaeological Collections. Monticello’s archaeological collection highlights the diversity of life on the plantation during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Department of Archaeology focuses research on understanding the lived experience of the enslaved population who lived and worked for Thomas Jefferson. Artifacts range from Colonial/Post-Colonial goods particularly imported European glass and ceramics, locally manufactured iron and industrial materials, and many personal items including buttons, beads and buckles.

This summer’s internship project focuses on curating archaeological materials from Shadwell, the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson. Interns will be tasked with stabilizing and organizing the archaeology collection, conduct research, and digitize records. Work will also include learning proper protocols for data entry into the online database system, the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). Additional opportunities for interested students include gaining photography and MicoStation skills. Though a background in historic archaeology is helpful, a successful candidate need only be organize, diligent, and inquisitive.

Available starting July 2018, approx. 30+ hours/week, 8 weeks (300 hours total)


This internship is supported by a $3500 Museum Internship Grant for Underrepresented Students:

  • Students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals with disabilities.


Students will receive a grant award of $3500, paid in two installments at the beginning and middle of the internship period.


Beatrix Arendt, Curator of Archaeological Collections

Phone: 434-984-9861

Email: barendt@monticello.org  


To apply for this internship, use the Mellon Museum Internship Program ONLINE APPLICATION. Be sure to:

  • Select "$3500 Museum Internship Grant for Underrepresented Students" as your application track
  • List "Monticello Archaeology"  in your list of grant-eligible internships
  • Required Documents (can be uploaded on the online application)
    • Résumé
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Statement of Interest (max. 500 words)
      • What do you hope to achieve by participating in a museum/archives internship? 
      • How do you think it will benefit you personally and professionally?
      • How does it relate to your career goals?
  • 2 Recommendations - ask your recommenders to use this ONLINE RECOMMENDATION FORM.

Contact Amanda Wagstaff, aw2pz@virginia.edu, if you have questions about the application.

Deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018.