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The Heritage Program of the Presidio Trust maintains an ongoing Archaeology Volunteer Internship program to support our stewardship team and provide a unique training opportunity in historical archaeology. The number of applicants accepted annually is dependent on the number and type of projects planned for the year. The duration of an Archaeology Volunteer Internship is between ten and twelve months.
Internship duties may include a combination of field work, laboratory work, collections management, historical research, and public outreach. The position is described in detail below. If selected, you will work and live onsite at the Presidio, a former military post that is now a national park. The positions are considered volunteer and successful applicants must sign an agreement for donated services and abide by the Trust’s lodging rules. The volunteer intern will be required to work 40 hours per week Monday - Saturday. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and federal holidays. Interns are provided single occupancy dorm-style housing and a stipend of $300 every two weeks. You must reside in the housing provided to receive the stipend. We cannot accept non-residential interns. If you are interested in non-residential opportunities, please visit our volunteer opportunities page.
Spring Internship
Spring internships are ten months long. The spring internship begins in January and ends the same November. Deadline for spring applications is November 1. You will be informed of a decision by December 1.
Summer Internship
Summer internships are twelve months long. The summer internship begins in June and ends the following May. Deadline for summer applications is April 1. You will be informed of a decision by May 1.
Interested applicants should submit an application to on or before the application deadlines (April 1 and November 1). Applications will not be kept on file after a decision is made. If you were not accepted in one round and still wish to be considered for the next round, you will need to reapply. Email is preferred, but you may also submit a paper application to: 
Kari Jones, Archaeologist
Presidio Heritage Program
PO Box 29052
San Francisco, CA 94129
The application should include:
Cover letter: The cover letter should provide the applicant’s contact information, including phone number. Provide a brief explanation of your interest in the position relative to your future educational and career goals. The strongest applicants will be clear about what they can contribute to the Heritage Program with specific reference to the position description. If you have any special skills or interests, please include those.
Resume: The resume should outline the applicant’s relevant experience and include contact information for three references familiar with the applicant’s previous work or academic experience.
The Presidio Trust will review applications received and will select some or all for interviews to be conducted at a mutually arranged time.
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Presidio Archaeology Lab
(a program of the Presidio Trust)
49 Moraga Avenue