What our Interns had to say about the CRA experience

“I’d like to let you know what an invaluable experience my internship with CRA this summer proved to be. I feel very fortunate to have found a job in which I could pursue my career interests this early in my education. The program you’ve set up gave me the flexibility to try all sorts of different aspects of a CRM profession. I really appreciated getting a chance to go from field to lab to archives and all areas in between, seeing how things fit together from start to finish. I have heard tales from friends of internships that involved photocopying and filling coffee mugs; this summer gave me the opportunity to research the life of Higbee and to uncover a centuries-old fire pit. Grant, Trace, Debbie, and Andy were a pleasure. I am grateful for the diversity of professions within your organization, and the chance to work with both historic and prehistoric archaeologists, as well as a staff historian. I had a wonderful time working for your company this summer and I really appreciate the internship program you’ve created. Thank you for giving me and other undergraduates the chance to have meaningful employment so early in our budding careers. This summer has truly reinforced my passion for studying and preserving the past.” – Julia Irwin

“I was given the opportunity to intern for CRA last summer. I was lucky enough to work on the Higbee Mill project with Dr. McKelway. I just wanted to say thank you very much for allowing me to see what it is like being in the field. I enjoyed every minute of it; I just wish I was able to have done more. Thanks again.” – Barry N. Sullivan

“I would like to thank you again for the opportunity given to me this past summer. Working for you and Karen was truly enjoyable. The hands-on education I received in the ten weeks I was there, whether excavating in the field or obtaining archival data in the libraries throughout the state, opened my eyes to the compliance work done by a CRM firm. I could never have learned what I did in a conventional classroom setting. The people at CRA went out of their way to help me learn and do a thorough job at whatever I was doing that day. Being a preservationist, the archaeologist took time to show me all the ins and outs of their profession, while Kristy was extremely helpful in showing me the work of an architectural historian. It was definately a positive and rewarding experience.” – Dale Wellman

“The summer internship I had at Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., was an eye-opening experience for me in the contract archaeology world. I was exposed to every aspect of the processes it takes to successfully complete an archaeological project, from surveying to categorization of artifacts to the analysis of those artifacts. The staff at CRA held my hand as I stumbled my way through these various steps. The experience was valuable because it exposed me to archaeology that was pressed by the clock and the budget, something I had not seen in an academic setting. My internship also allowed me access to the latest technology that is available in aiding archaeologists in their work. More importantly, though, my summer at CRA helped prepare me for my future in archaeology. For that I am eternally grateful for the opportunity CRA gave me.” – Billy Putnam