Image: Dr. James Newhard, director of the Archaeology Program, and Hugh Helton of Tulane University, reviewing the Göksu Valley

Internships can form a valuable educational and training experience. The archaeology major currently allows for an internship to qualify for the capstone experience. Since the capstone experience is to occur within the context of archaeological fieldwork, data recovery needs to be a major, overriding component if the internship is to qualify for fulfilling the capstone requirement.  Internships that count towards the capstone requirement are arranged via the archaeology program, and conducted under the ARCH 400 course number.  

Other archaeologically-oriented internships are encouraged, and can count towards the elective component of the program.  These are coordinated via the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  

The following will assist a student in initiating, setting up, and completing an internship through the Archaeology Program.

How are internships arranged?

How are internships evaluated?

How do I complete an internship journal?

What Opportunities are Available?

Opportunities for internships in the Lowcountry abound, and are found in state and federal agencies, private foundations, and private businesses.  The following is a list of some of the more common venues in the region.  However, don't be constrained by this list, nor by location.  Students with questions about other opportunities - whether they be in the Lowcountry or further afield, are encouraged to contact the Director of Archaeology.

South Carolina State Parks

Archaeological internships are available through South Carolina State Parks.  Students participating in these opportunities will acquire skills in excavation, site mapping, photography, and site interpretation, as well as laboratory methods.  Students will also gain skills in public archaeology, such as organizing volunteer labor and explaining archaeological work to park visitors.

See, specifically:

1. Charles Towne Landing Historic Site
1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston,South Carolina 29403

CONTACT: Nicole Isenbarger, Archaeologist CTL
OR: David Jones, Archaeologist SCPRT

DESCRIPTION: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site (CTL) is one of the premier archaeological sites in South Carolina, and one of the flagship historic sites within the South Carolina State Parks system.  Anthropology students seeking a focus in Historical Archaeology will benefit from their time spent at Charles Towne Landing, where they will have the opportunity to excavate on a 17th century site and learn excavation techniques, detailed note taking, and how to prepare scaled drawings. Students will also learn how to process all artifacts, including artifact identification, metal conservation and artifact curation methods.

Comments From Students:

    • "Being at Charles Towne Landing has truly made me realize how much I love history, and especially, how happy I am in my progress with historical AND prehistoric ceramic identification. It felt like such an accomplishment when I was at the Michaux site the other weekend, and I could ID a piece of pottery out of the ground." Elizabeth L.
    • "I would recommend this placement if someone is interested in working in the park service, whether it is national or the state. They are willing to work with your interest and will personalize your position based on those interests." Adrian S.

2. Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
300 State Park Rd.
Summerville, SC 29485

CONTACT: Ashley Chapman, Archaeologist Colonial Dorchester

OR: David Jones, Archaeologist SCPRT

DESCRIPTION: Located in Summerville, SC, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site is an archaeological preserve under the management of the South Carolina Park Service. The site consists of an entire Colonial-era town (est. 1697) situated along the Ashley River. This historic site has been virtually undisturbed by modern development, offering a unique setting for historical archaeological research and preservation.

Students interested in Historical Archaeology are presented with the opportunity to further develop their skills with the principles of archaeological field and lab methods.  Additionally, students will learn how to orchestrate volunteer and public archaeology programs for school groups and adult education.

Comments from Students:

    • "Through hands-on experience I have learned what it takes [to be an archaeologist], from plotting points in an area to cataloguing the artifacts dug up from that point and analyzing the data into ideas about the people that lived there. This internship was like a miniature field school, but with extra teaching on park services. I had no idea that I would come out of this with so much more knowledge than I had before." Benjamin C.

3. Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Rd
McClellanville, SC 29458 CONTACT: Stacey Young, Archaeologist Hampton Plantation
OR: David Jones, Archaeologist SCPRT

DESCRIPTION: Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, located in McClellanville, South Carolina was home to the Horry and Rutledge families and their enslaved workers for generations. The mansion house, detached kitchen, and overgrown rice fields are the few visible above ground remains of the plantation.  Current archaeological investigations are focusing on a settlement area occupied by slaves from the eighteenth to nineteenth century.  Students interested in an internship at Hampton Plantation will develop basic skills in field and lab methods, while focusing on eighteenth and nineteenth century artifact collections.  Additionally, interns will assist in the field with volunteer archaeological excavations at Hampton Plantation in the Spring or Fall.

Opportunities may be available for advanced students.  Selected students will choose one aspect of the laboratory work (such as a specific artifact type i.e. buttons, beads, ceramics) and write a short paper or summary of the work.  Summaries could lead to presentations at a local conference or lecture, published in the SC State Parks newsletter, or incorporated into the site report. 



Brockington and Associates

498 Wando Park Boulevard, Suite 700
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

PHONE: 843-881-3128

DESCRIPTION: Interns work on Brockington cultural resources consulting projects (fieldwork survey and excavation, laboratory analyses, artifact curation, and site report preparation).  



Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414

CONTACT: Sarah E. Stroud, Archaeologist & Preservation Coordinator
PHONE:  843-769-2637
FAX:  843-766-0878

DESCRIPTION: Sarah Stroud is the Archaeologist/Preservation Coordinator at Drayton Hall and is concurrently working on her PhD in Anthropology from Syracuse University. Her day-to-day activities involve both field excavations as related to the critical priorities of Drayton Hall and our ongoing research questions as well as well as processing an enormous collection of previously excavated artifacts that we are now bringing into the 21st century. Drayton Hall has just installed the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) database on-site ( and is currently cataloging the backlog of artifacts from the 1970s and 80s. This will provide great opportunities for archaeology students who are interested in a hands-on opportunity to learn more about artifact identification and the process that is involved before an artifact is entered into a digital database. Because of limited space there is an interview process and all interested students, after meeting with the department internship coordinator, should e-mail a resume, short statement of purpose as to why you are interested in this internship and an unofficial transcript to Ms. Stroud at  



South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA)

Charleston Office of the Maritime Research Division at Fort Johnson, SC (James Island).

CONTACT: Jessica Irwin, Manager Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program.
PHONE: 843-762-6105

DESCRIPTION: The SCIAA MRD office regularly seeks internships to assist with the managment of the sport diver program (the only one of its kind in the country), and in the area of basic collections management and social media/outreach. The intern will work at the Charleston Office of the Maritime Research Division located at Fort Johnson, SC (James Island). This office is about 10-15 minutes from downtown Charleston.  The positions are often centered around the lab and offices, and thus count most often as a social science elective for the archaeology program via ANTH 384. Diving experience is not necessary.



Warren Lasch Conservation Center

Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI)
1250 Supply Street, Bldg 255 Former Charleston Navy Base North Charleston, SC 29405

CONTACT: Dr. Stéphanie Cretté, Director
PHONE: 843-730-5093

DESCRIPTION: The Warren Lasch Conservation Center is engaged in the restoration of marine type artifacts, including the H.L. Hunley and two full size cannons from the CSS Alabama. This facility is considered to be one of the finest of its kind in the world.  Not only are there great archaeological and conservation projects happening at the ConservationCenter, but there is also sophisticated research taking place. Research scientists are working diligently on new processes for advanced conservation of metals and documentation via 3D imaging.  

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