National Museum Bloemfontein Internship 2021

This internship represents a training collaboration initiative between the Archaeology Department and the Florisbad Quaternary Research Station at the National Museum, Bloemfontein.

The Archaeology Department and Florisbad Quaternary Research Station is offering a 12-month internship for a motivated post-graduate student, preferably in a Masters level, or who is about to
embark on a Masters level or equivalent program at a South African University in the field of African Pleistocene Archaeology with a focus on hominin behaviour.

The internship comprises a combination of laboratory work focused on curation of excavated archaeological materials, data collection on important Stone Age collections and experimental research, and will involve working with scientists in the Archaeology Department and at the Florisbad Quaternary Research Station on research projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research projects, collect data on stone artefact collections.
  • Assist with management and curation tasks of artefact and fossil collections
  • Provision of support for educational and outreach activities in order to popularise African
  • Archaeology/Quaternary research amongst local communities as a field of expertise


  • Candidates must be following the CA stream.

Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivation and determination.
  • The ability to work under pressure.
  • Good interpersonal relations skills.
  • Good written and verbal skills.

Detailed Expectation of Intern

  • Motivation to learn basics of stone fracture mechanics, stone artefact recognition and description (under supervision of museum scientists).
  • Critical reading of stipulated list of scientific papers relevant to the program (provided upfront by museum scientists).
  • Quantitative data collection on some key Stone Age collections from the central interior of southern Africa, using cutting-edge methodologies recently developed in the field of lithic analysis.
  • Eagerness to learn archaeological laboratory work including curation (sorting, weighing, and measuring) of freshly excavated Stone Age collections.
  • Willingness to engage in scientific experimentation involving physical exertion, such as stone artefact manufacture and experimental design to explore the behaviours of past hominins.
  • Interest in learning basic quantitative methods and basics of artefact digitization.
  • Documentation of training experience in a series of weekly social media posts.
  • Popular article production and willingness to play a role in a peer-reviewed publication.

Closing Date

  • 25 February 2021 @12:00

How to Apply

  • Communication will be limited to the short-listed candidates only.
  • Short-listed candidates will be subjected to a comprehensive selection process
  • The National Museum is committed to Employment Equity and aims to attract and retain talented individuals to achieve its equity objectives. In this regard, the Museum is operationalising its program to develop black scientists. Therefore people from designated groups, including those with disabilities, are urged to apply.
  • The National Museum reserves the right not to fill an advertised position.
  • If you meet ALL the stated requirements, kindly e-mail your application to [email protected], including a covering letter, a copy of your identification document, copies of qualifications and a comprehensive CV (including three referees with their contact details).
  • In addition please supply a list of research publications in peer reviewed journals for last 5 years.
  • Applications not meeting the criteria will be disqualified.
  • Should you not hear from us within 21 days after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

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