Each year, students from across the country come to Crow Canyon as interns to take advange of the extraordinary chance to work side-by-side with respected scholars in the field of archaeology. Since 1988 nearly 250 outstanding young men and women have participated in the Center's internship program. Many of them have found a path to their future through the experience they gained at Crow Canyon. Read about two exceptional students who are interning with us this year as field interns.
Lydia DeHaven is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She comes to Crow Canyon with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Kansas, and she is currently pursuing her master's degree in applied archaeology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also working on a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certification. Her research interests are social inequality, heirarchy, and class systems in prehistoric societies. Before starting her Ph.D. work, Lydia plans to move to the Southwest and work for several years, hoping to gain a holistic understanding of cultural resource management while running several projects. “Growing up in Pittsburgh, I was lucky to have a ski bum as a father, and I traveled frequently to Colorado and Utah. It has always been my dream to work and live in this area," Lydia said. "When I was researching internships, I came upon Crow Canyon. The combination of fieldwork and public archaeology was exactly what I was looking for. I love Crow Canyon. I am living the dream!"
Amanda Hernandez, from El Paso, Texas, received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin. She is currently working on her master's degree in anthropology at New Mexico State University—her thesis is on methodologies for excavating agave roasting pits in the Jornada Mogollon. Amanda plans to obtain a master's of business administration and start her own cultural resource management (CRM) firm. With her interest in CRM and public outreach, the opportunity to work with children and the public at Crow Canyon has been a perfect fit. She said, “I love working here. The staff has been fantastic and are always enthusiastic about working at Crow Canyon. I love working with such passionate archaeologists who love what they do!"