It is so hard to believe that a month from tomorrow my classmates and I will have completed our written comprehensive exam and begin our internship adventures! While my classmates have decided to stay in the US for their internships, I have decided to put my passport to use and move to Belgium for the summer.
Dr. Bailey Young (a history professor here at EIU) organizes a summer archaeology program in partnership with the University of Louvain-la-Neuve every summer at the site of the ruins of Walhain Castle in Belgium. You can learn more about this program here: http://castle.eiu.edu/~edabroad/programs/facultyled/young.php.
This year Dr. Debra Reid and I will be tagging along to complete a feasibility study for interpretation at the site. I’ve spent this academic year as Dr. Reid’s GA and have already completed preliminary research about medieval agriculture, written a successful EIU Presidential grant, and begun an NEH Collaborative Research grant.
Conveniently, my family currently lives in the outskirts of Brussels, so I will actually be living at home while completing this internship. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time living and traveling around Europe so I’m hoping not to experience as much culture shock as I did when moving from the Washington, D.C. area to Charleston, IL. I also had the opportunity to visit the dig site over winter break, so I already have an idea of where I will be working!
I have started a personal internship blog so that I do not overrun this one with stories and pictures of Belgium, so feel free to follow that as well: http://ahursch.wordpress.com.
As this project will only run through the summer, I am still looking for a fall internship.