American Indian Initiatives Internships

Internship Dates

  • May 12 to Aug. 16, 2019

2019 American Indian Initiatives Internship Application Deadline was March 1, 2019. Please check back next year.

The following is provided for general informational purposes only.

Native American Partnerships

Crow Canyon collaborates with Native Americans to enrich our understanding of past and present Native American cultures and share that knowledge with others. Working closely with the Pueblo Advisory Group and other Native Americans, the Center seeks to broaden and enrich the perspectives gained through archaeological research, incorporate indigenous voices in its education curriculum, and initiate research and education projects that are relevant to the concerns of Native American communities today.

The American Indian Initiatives department collaborates with the archaeology and education departments to engage learners of all ages in an inclusive and dynamic study of the human past. Crow Canyon's education programs provide instruction in archaeology and involve the lay public and Native American communities in the actual research process. Through Crow Canyon's programs, students of all ages gain an understanding of past and present cultures in the Mesa Verde region, archaeological research and ethics, hands-on education, and the importance of the continuation of Native American cultures.

In 2014 Crow Canyon launched the Inspiring Students Project. This is a partnership between Pueblo communities and Crow Canyon to develop student programs focused on issues that Pueblo people themselves have identified as priorities: the preservation and continuation of their native languages, cultures, and histories; providing culturally relevant educational experiences that inspire students to succeed academically and professionally.

In 2016, Crow Canyon is proposing to add two new initiatives that are culturally relevant and directly benefit Native American communities in the Southwest.

      • The Partners in Self-Determination Initiative aims to collaborate on community-based research, education, and economic development projects, and develop tribal capacity to assume full control over institutions and resources, such as the management of cultural resources.
      • The Continuing Culture initiative organizes activities and delivers products to assist Native Americans in the reclaiming and reinvigorating of traditional cultural languages, practices, histories, and lands. Our first project in this initiative is the revitalization of a kiva (ceremonial building) at the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico.

Principles that Guide Our Work

      • Empowering Native Students—Providing educational programs that focus on helping Native American students develop confidence, self-esteem, and a strong sense of cultural identity.
      • Building Native Nations—Supporting Native American nations to increase their capacities to assume full control over their own institutions and resources.
      • Indigenizing Institutions—Instilling Native American core values, knowledge, perspectives, and priorities into the mission and activities at Crow Canyon, including:
      • Everyone's history matters.
      • Archaeological sites are sacred to contemporary Native Americans and must be treated with respect.
      • Archaeological research and Native American oral histories are essential to building a more inclusive story of the human past.

What Does the Native American Initiatives Intern Do?

An Native American initiatives intern is responsible for providing support to the American Indian Initiatives Department to enhance Crow Canyon's commitment to Native American involvement in archaeology and education, as well as its commitment to Native American communities. Interns are also invited to develop their own projects.

The intern will gain experience in some or all of the following areas:

      • working with the field, laboratory, Native American initiatives, and education staffs in cooperation with the Pueblo Advisory Group to assist in the delivery of multicultural education programs on the archaeology, cultures, and histories of the Southwest
      • contributing to the development and implementation of the Inspiring Students Project and the Partners in Self-Determination and Continuing Cultures initiatives
      • developing and indigenizing curricula related to Crow Canyon’s mission
      • assisting in the development of research designs that implement elements of indigenous archaeology
      • developing agreements for collaborative service and outreach projects for Native American communities
      • researching and writing grants to fund Native American initiatives projects at Crow Canyon and in Native American communities

Course Work and Skills Required

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

      • advanced undergraduate or graduate course work in Native American studies, ethnic studies, archaeology, anthropology, education, museum studies, natural resources, history, sociology, political science, or a related field
      • ability to work as part of a team (intern will attend and contribute to department meetings)
      • ability to work in multicultural settings including Native communities or with traditional people
      • ability to work well with students ranging from fourth graders to adults, many of whom have no previous archaeological experience
      • ability to work and live in outdoor settings and perform rigorous physical duties