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Past interns and volunteers

The Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) offers unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities for students and community volunteers. Priority is generally given to current UT undergraduate and graduate students. Our interns and volunteers are used in areas of greatest need and best fit to their skills, interests and ability to learn new tasks.

We ask that potential interns and volunteers be willing to commit at minimum 5 hours per week to TARL. Our hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Internships are appointments where students can receive course credit for their work at TARL. Interns must register for the UT Internship class in order to take this course, and must have a Faculty sponsor to oversee their work. Here are a few examples of previous internship projects at TARL:

  • Mesoamerican Figurine Rehabilitation and Inventory - the ceramic figurine collection was repackaged, tagged, and inventoried for access and control
  • Mitchell Ridge Native American Osteology - the site was reinventoried, repackaged and standardized biological profiles were created (this project was used as an honor's thesis)
  • Allen's Creek Native American Osteology - sites were reinventoried, repackaged and standardized biological profiles were created (this project was also used on an honor's thesis on enamel hypoplasia)

Volunteers do not earn college credit for their time, but the appointments are more flexible. You do not need to sign up for a course, or even be a college student to volunteer at TARL! These opportunities are perfect for anyone looking to dip their toes into archeology, learning anything from washing artifacts to digitizing photographs and records. 

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Applications for Fall 2022 internships and volunteer positions closed on August 8th, 2022.

You will be contacted shortly afterwards on your status. There is limited lab space, so appointments are restricted. Due to the high demand for positions, a waiting list is a common occurrence.

Keep on the lookout for more volunteer opportunities during our annual Texas Archeology Month celebration!