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Learn about Archaeology at the Sanford Museum & Planetarium


Our flexible volunteer program allows people of all ages and backgrounds to come learn about the inner workings of a museum. We’re always in need of an extra pair of hands to help handle fragile mammoth tasks, wash projectile points, or carefully catalog prehistoric ceramics. Contact us if you’re interested in getting involved at the Sanford Museum!



Internships at the Sanford Museum offer a great, well-rounded museum experience. Our internships can suit any level of student, from high school to graduate level. Get hands on experience for an entire summer or semester, or just for a spring/winter break period. This opportunity is perfect for students in a number disciplines ranging from archaeology, museum studies, history, geography, graphic design, and biology.

Contact us for more information or for an Internship Application

Internship Concentrations

• Collections Management

• Exhibit design and set up

• Archaeological equipment training and use (total station, gradiometer, GPS)

• ArcGIS

• Archaeological site surveys

• Patron assistance

• Artifact identification

• Educational programming


Field Schools

Sanford Museum and Planetarium has a long history of local field schools where interested students or community members can get hands on experience working at an archaeological site. Field schools are an opportunity to learn about archaeology of Northwest Iowa, while also learning to survey, excavate, and preserve artifacts.

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We are now accepting applications for our annual Little Sioux River Archaeology Field School held in May and June. Field schools are important experiences if you plan to pursue a career in archaeology. They are also a lot of fun and we welcome all ages over 16 to sign up, but space is limited, so get your application in right away! Click HERE for an application!

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