Internships and Associateships

“Four Musketeers” is a photo taken on a field trip at Sheep Springs in the El Pasos, where the temperature was about 105 deg. Left to right the folks are Daisy Zajicek, Emma Dauplaise, Kirsten Carroll, and Kara Jones; Daisy is finishing up at Cerro Coso, Emma and Kirsten are at UC Santa Cruz, and Kara is at CSU Bakersfield, all in anthropology.

“Four Musketeers” is a photo taken on a field trip at Sheep Springs in the El Pasos, where the temperature was about 105 deg. Left to right the folks are Daisy Zajicek, Emma Dauplaise, Kirsten Carroll, and Kara Jones; Daisy is finishing up at Cerro Coso, Emma and Kirsten are at UC Santa Cruz, and Kara is at CSU Bakersfield, all in anthropology.

Since 2013 the museum has offered internships for college and university students, primarily in the summer. Internships serve a double purpose – they offer the intern educational opportunities in a working environment, and they benefit the museum by accomplishing tasks the curators might not otherwise be able to do. Tasks undertaken by interns typically involve analysis and cataloging of artifacts, researching specific topics related to the collections, designing and constructing exhibits, or conducting related analyses which benefit the museum. Interns are generally majoring in a related field such as anthropology or history, and find the tasks intellectually challenging and exciting. We also find time to have some fun, such as field trips to local archaeological or historical sites and learning to throw a spear with the atlatl!

Sarah Izzi, a graduate student in anthropology at CSU Chico

Sarah Izzi, a graduate student in anthropology at CSU Chico

Alexander Rogers

Archaeology Curator
sandy@maturango.org

Elaine Wiley

History Curator
elaine@maturango.org

Sherry Brubaker

Natural History Curator
sherry@maturango.org

Initially the internships were in archaeology, in partnership with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Cerro Coso Community College. Subsequently, in 2016 we expanded the program to include a history intern while maintaining the partnership with Cerro Coso. Arrangements for support have varied: in the past some interns received a stipend, others arranged to receive academic credit for their internships, and others worked as volunteers. Our plan for 2017 is to create a balanced internship program in the fields corresponding to the three curators: history, archaeology, and natural history. The museum also has a research associate program, for faculty members at colleges or universities. Its goal is to create a mutually-beneficial arrangement whereby the faculty member has access to our collections for research, and also advice and consultation to the museum as needed. Current participants are faculty members at Cerro Coso Community College and the California State University, Bakersfield.

 The mission of the Maturango Museum is to preserve, interpret, and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of the Northern Mojave Desert through research and education in the natural and physical sciences, and to promote the arts.

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100 East Las Flores Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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(Excluding Major Holiday)

The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and  Northern Mojave Visitors Center

 

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