I am the new Student Conservation Association Archeology Intern at Southeast Archeological Center. I started this past January and I will conclude my internship at the end of March. The following series will chronicle my experiences as an intern, exploring that variety of divisions contained within the Center.
To start with, my name is Michelle and I just recently graduated with my B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Florida. After a few test runs of various classes and volunteer/intern opportunities I found my interests lie in Archaeology (I’m still working on deciding if I land on the historic or prehistoric side). When I received the offer to intern at SEAC I was ecstatic! For one, when people asked the one question that all college seniors dread, “What are you doing after you graduate?,” I actually had an exciting, within my career-field response! I mean, how many kids can say that?! The other great and also admittedly nerve-wrecking thing about having the chance to intern at SEAC was that I was about to work at the Mecca of Southeast Archeology. These were the experts of the region, a region I want to work in, and so of course when I arrive on Day 1 of my internship I was a ball of excitement and nervousness, mostly I just couldn’t stop smiling. Day 1 consisted of the typical first day routine: introductions, meeting with the director, and a tour, but the best part was the fact that it wasn’t typical. I had no idea how many different operations are managed by SEAC, and I, fresh out of college me, was going to be able to spend a portion of my internship with the following divisions: Compliance, Curation, Administration, NAGPRA, Applied Sciences, and National Historic Landmarks and External Contracts. The chance to consistently be learning and actually meeting everyone at the office as I moved about the departments, that I can say has been my favorite aspect of being an intern at SEAC. The rest of the first week I spent learning about the laws and regulations that fund and direct the need for archeology in the government system, getting into the nitty-gritty of Sections 106 &110 as well as refreshing my memory of such legislations as the Antiquity Act. So all in all, my first week was a success! The rest of this series will follow my experiences in each division, so for the next post: Curation.