Experiential education is a common part of undergraduate archaeology curricula, often provided in the form of lab and field courses. While these remain important elements, students are now looking for more applied forms of archaeological education that intertwine community needs with understanding the past. The following article outlines the steps taken to create an applied form of experiential education where MacEwan University students participate in an internship at a public archaeology center: Bodo Archaeological Interpretive Centre (BAIC) located in east central Alberta. In our case, students participate in the various tasks that archaeologists conduct, while at the same time serving the community as stewards of the past. Common goals, shared responsibilities, and open lines of correspondence are key to the success of the internship that is founded on a long-term partnership between a public society, the Bodo Archaeological Society (BAS), and MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada.



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