Student Opportunities

Internships, Research Assistantships, and Fieldwork

The College of Charleston Archaeology Program emphasizes "high impact experiences" – opportunities that bring you into real-world situations of the archaeologist. All archaeology majors and minors are required to engage in either an internship or field project.

You can also choose to do both an internship and field projector (as many students do). You can also choose to further deepen your skillsets through research assistantships with faculty.

The result: you leave Charleston with experiences that set you apart. 

Distinguish Yourself

Internships, research assistantships, and field work will help shape and enhance your career path, refine your skillset and help develop your connection with the cultures and stories or the past.
  • Internships

    Internships provide a valuable educational and training experience. For some, the real-work experience can lead to job placement after graduation. Others find greater insight into a postgraduate emphasis.

    Opportunities for internships in the Lowcountry abound and are found in state and federal agencies and private foundations and businesses. 




  • Research Assistantships

    Many students collaborate with faculty on research projects. These collaborations provide opportunities to learn more about the research process. Often, this work transforms into publications or presentations at professional conferences.

    Student-faculty research can take the form of:

    • independent studies,
    • regular coursework,
    • Bachelors Essays,
    • and  other paid or unpaid research assistantships. 
    Experiences are often funded by internal grants/allocations, and external grant funding.
  • Fieldwork

    Archaeology students in the field and working an archaeological dig.Field School is a prolonged period of intensive archaeological field work in your area of interest.

    It is an essential component in the training of an archaeologist. The Archaeology Program seeks to endeavors to match your interests with a field school that propels your specific educational and career goals forward.

    When faculty engage in survey or excavation, students form an essential component to the research team. In other instances, students leverage the faculty networks to secure positions on field projects both here and abroad.

    In the past, students have attended field schools in Greece, Ireland, Belize, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary... and many, many more!