Our internships are aimed primarily at IAFS alumni who want to expand on their archaeological skills, learnt from previous IAFS programs (but we will make exceptions for non-alumni for the right individual). Our internships are based at our archaeological projects in Ferns, County Wexford, and Birr, County Offaly. Our summer programs of 8, 9, 10 & 12 weeks take place between May 28th and August 26th, 2023.Internship tasks focus on site excavation and survey, archaeological and historical research and post-excavation. Students stay with local families in homestay accommodation, guaranteeing an enriching cultural immersion and truly memorable experience.

Learning Outcomes

Our IAFS internship is designed to provide valuable experience working and learning from our research and education staff in the field and laboratory, thus ensuring a positive learning experience and providing on-the-job training. Interns will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:

In the Field

    • Answering questions about the project’s research that are posed by site visitors
    • Excavating and recording archaeological features
    • Maintaining provenience control for cultural materials
    • Completion of site records, registers and other paper records
    • Drawing measured plan and section drawings
    • Recording stratigraphic profiles
    • Using a total station and/or other survey instruments
    • Photographing archaeological contexts
    • Contributing to the public outreach of the project
    • Helping with site logistics

In the Laboratory

    • Answering questions from visitors to the project about laboratory protocols
    • Processing archaeological artifacts and samples
    • Maintaining provenience control for cultural materials and associated records
    • Cleaning and assessing a variety of artifacts, including pottery, metal, etc
    • Cataloguing archaeological collections on the site database to National Museum of Ireland standards
    • Contribute to laboratory logistics
    • Contribute to best practice curation of the site archive

Education and/or Experience

Advanced undergraduate or graduate course work in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, or related fields is required. A minimum of four weeks archaeological field experience, such as a field school, is also required.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and please also consult our our Terms and Conditions.

Course Details

Where: Ferns, Co. Wexford and Birr, Co. Offaly.
Enrolment Status: Open!
Scholarships: Scholarship support is available to IAFS alumni only through our ‘Alumni Scholarship Scheme’, please select on your application.
Includes: All meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips.
Instructors: Dr Denis Shine, Dr Stephen Mandal and associated IAFS staff.
Credit: Internships can be credited or uncredited, please get in touch if you need your internship to be accredited.
12 / 10 / 9 / 8 weeks between: May 28th – August 26th, 2023
Application Deadline*: April 21, 2023
Payment Deadline : April 21, 2023
Cost: 8 weeks: €5000; 9 weeks: €5500; 10 weeks: €6000; 12 weeks: €7000
Email: info@irishheritageschool.ie for more information and please also consult our Terms and Conditions.
* A late application fee of €200 will apply after this date.

Video Introduction to Summer Sites