National Museum Internship Programme

As a collaborative step between the Archaeology Department and also Florisbad Quaternary Research Station, South African youth can apply for National Museum internship programme. The availability of this internship programme is aimed to motivate, empower, and improve the knowledge of those youths related to archaeology.

This internship programme comprises the combination of both laboratory work and also data collections. Therefore, the applicants will focus on the curation of excavated archaeological materials, experimental research, and also data collection on important Stone Age collections.

Furthermore, there will be some training in curation and research. The applicants will go through the research projects for assisting scientists with research projects. Another process will be curation of collections where there will be archaeological laboratory including sorting, weighing, and also measuring freshly excavated Stone Age Collection. Finally, the last process will be the education and outreach activities and social media articles. In this process, the applicants will deal with popularization of African Archaeology to public and do some social media posts about the archaeology. To sum up, it is really interesting and fruitful for those who are passionate in it.

National Museum Internship Programme
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Programme Description

Job Title: Archaeology Internship

Recruiter: Archaeology Department and Florisbad Quaternary Research Station

Location: Bloemfontein

Salary: Stipend depending on the qualification level

Type of work: Full time 12 months


  • Collecting data on stone artefact collections and doing research project
  • Aiding with the management and tasks’ curation of artefact and fossil collections
  • Giving provision of support for educational activities for popularizing African Archaeology or Quaternary research among the local communities
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  • Having proper knowledge in African Archaeology or African Prehistory or African Quaternary Science
  • The applicants must have the minimum of University Bachelor of Science or BA degree in Archaeology or Geology or Honours level qualifications
  • The applicants must have an interest in pursuing their post-graduate studies
  • Having the computer literacy is a must
  • Having the knowledge of statistical analyses will be preferable
  • The applicants must have a valid (unendorsed) driving license for Code 8
  • Having self-motivation and determination is necessary
  • The applicants must be able to work under pressure
  • Having good interpersonal skills, written and verbal skills are a must


In order to apply for the internship programme, these following documents have to be prepared beforehand.

  • A covering letter
  • A copy of your identification document
  • Copies of qualifications
  • A comprehensive CV (including three references with their contact details)
  • A list of research publications in peer reviewed journals for the last 5 years

In addition, applicants can email their application to [email protected]. Do not forget to attach all the documents because applications who do not fulfill all the requirements will get the disqualifications.

Moreover, after 21 days after the due date and you still have not heard anything from the company, you can conclude that your application was unsuccessful. However, the company has the full right to appoint or not to appoint based on the standard they have been believing. Thus, although you might have completed all the documents, the company can still not appoint based on their judgment.


For the complete and further enquiries, the applicants can contact [email protected].

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Closing Date

The closing date for this National Museum internship programme will be on 25 February 2021. Late submission will cause your application to be automatically disqualified. Therefore, you should have submitted your application before the due date.