UC-HBCU Internship in African Diaspora Archaeology and Caribbean Cultural History – Summer 2020

UC-HBCU Internship in African Diaspora Archaeology and Caribbean Cultural History – Summer 2020

Deadline: February 1, 2020

The UCSC Archaeological Research Center and Department of Anthropology are proud to announce the 2020 UC-HBCU Internship in African Diaspora Archaeology and Caribbean Cultural History. This course is a five-week summer training internship program designed for undergraduate HBCU students to gain field experience in interdisciplinary methods for the study of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean.

Students will participate in excavations at one of two on-going archaeological sites of key importance to the African Diaspora: 1) Sans-Souci, the royal palace of Henry Christophe located in Milot, Haiti, or 2) the Estate Little Princess, a former Danish plantation in St. Croix, USVI. Students will spend one week (June 14 – 21) in residence at UC Santa Cruz and four weeks (June 22-July 19) excavating at their respective archaeology sites.

At UCSC, students will receive one week of intensive training in artifact analysis and digital archaeological methods from multiple specialists on campus. The internship is intended to teach students basic excavation, survey, and analysis methods while also exposing them to potential graduate level research in archaeology and related disciplines.

Following the end of the summer internship program, participants will be encouraged to assemble a data set from those produced to develop either a senior thesis in their home department, or a co-authored paper or poster presentation at a professional conference. Project directors and faculty from home departments will work with students to develop these projects. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for competitive financial incentives to attend graduate school in the University of California system.


  • All room, board, and travel to and from the site and UC Santa Cruz is provided.
  • Additionally, students will receive a $3000 stipend.


  • Application is restricted to students currently enrolled in a college or university that is currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Historically Black College or University.


Please provide all information requested in application form, and upload all necessary supporting documentation when prompted. This includes:

  • A 1,000-word essay that outlines your academic background, interest in archaeology, and how this experience will contribute to your academic and career goals.
  • An unofficial transcript.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor who can speak to your academic interests and abilities.
  • A resume/CV outlining your work experience (academic or otherwise).

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For more information, visit UC-HBCU Internship.