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For Stanford Students

An integral part of the Stanford Archaeology Center’s mission is to make SUAC collections accessible to students and faculty for formal and informal object-based learning, research, and professional training.

Original Research & Professional Training at SUAC

FOR PAY: We welcome inquiries from Federal Work Study eligible undergraduates.

FOR CREDIT: Undergraduate and graduate students across departments can enroll in one or more of SUAC's courses for the credit level that works for you. Find us under Explore Courses for more information about current offerings.

  • ARCHLGY 97: Archaeology Internship
    Opportunity for students to pursue their specialization in an institutional setting such as a laboratory, clinic, research institute, museums or government agency. May be repeated for credit. Prior instructor consent needed.
  • ARCHLGY 195 / ARCHLGY 299: Independent Study/Research
    Students conducting independent study and or research with archaeology faculty members.
  • ARCHLGY 134/234: Museum Cultures: Material Representation in the Past and Present (AMSTUD 134, ARCHLGY 234, ARTHIST 284B, CSRE 134, EDUC 214, NATIVEAM 134)
    Students will open the "black box" of museums to consider the past and present roles of institutional collections, culminating in a student-curated exhibition. Today, museums assert their relevance as dynamic spaces for debate and learning. Colonialism and restitution, the politics of representation, human/object relationships, and changing frameworks of authority make museum work widely significant and consistently challenging. Through thinking-in-practice, this course reflexively explores "museum cultures": representations of self and other within museums and institutional cultures of the museum world itself.n3 credits (no final project) or 5 credits (final project). May be vrepeat for credit.

VOLUNTEER: SUAC accepts student volunteers on a case by case basis depending on schedules and initative needs. Please contact us if you are intersted in volunteering. 

Hands-on Experiences

  • Research on original artifacts, images, and records.
  • Class to Collections vists, tailored to course goals.
  • Internships for course credit.
  • Volunteering.
  • Guest lectures on museum anthropology, repatiration, Stanford collections history, and museum studies.
  • Custom-designed exhibits.
  • And more!

For details, see our Collections Use Policy and contact us at least two weeks in advance to plan your engagement.

Discover how to find us on our Visit Page.

For Stanford Graduate Students

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford to students from all disciplines, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields. 

Apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by September 27, 2017, and to the degree program of your choice by November 15, 2017.


For Non-Stanford Students

Not a Stanford student? Contact us about your interests. SUAC accepts students on a case by case basis. 

Not at Stanford but interested in our collections? Learn more on our External Researchers page.