Our internships are aimed almost exclusively at IAFS alumni* who want to expend on their archaeological skills, learnt from previous IAFS programs (*note: we can make exceptions for the right individual). Our internships are based from our headquarters in Birr, County Offaly, which we use as launchpad to undertake fieldwork at several leading midlands heritage sites.
Our summer programs of 8, 9, 10 & 12 weeks take place between May 30th and August 22nd, 2024. Internship tasks focus on site excavation, survey, architectural recording, archaeological and historical research, community archaeology, photogrammetry and post-excavation.
Students stay with local families in homestay accommodation, guaranteeing an enriching cultural immersion and truly memorable experience.
Our IAFS internship is designed to provide valuable experience working and learning from our research and education staff in the field and laboratory/office, 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 monuments and features
Photogrammetry of monuments, artefacts and architectural fragments
Contributing to the public outreach of the project
Helping with site logistics
In the Laboratory/Office
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
Processing survey data (from photogrammetry, total station surveys etc)
Processing field data (for example for graveyard recording)
Historical and archaeological research
Assist in hosting public archaeology and educational events
Contribute to laboratory logistics
Contribute to best practice curation of the site
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.
Summer Internship Details
Course Dates: May 30th – August 20th, 2024 (12 / 10 / 9 / 8 weeks)
Tuition: 8 weeks: €5000; 9 weeks €5500; 10 weeks €6000; 12 weeks: €7000
Credit: Internships can be accredited or unaccredited, please get in touch if you need your internship to be accredited
Location: Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
Includes: All meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips.
Application/Payment Deadline: *April 19th, 2024
*A late application fee of €200 will apply after this date.