The NEIC serves as an integral part of the University and the local and regional communities, maintaining student internship and public outreach programs, and working with local Native American tribes. For more than 20 years, students working in the fields of anthropology, history, and geography have been trained at the NEIC in record keeping, mapping, and research techniques related to historical resource management and preservation.
Students are required to spend 150 hours at the NEIC in order to earn internship units towards the cultural resource management certificate (Department of Anthropology, CSU, Chico) and the public history certificate (Public History Program). Under these programs, NEIC staff works with students to familiarize them with the NEIC archives and research techniques relating to historical resource management and preservation.
Students are trained in the review of incoming site records, procedures for assignment of state primary or trinomial numbers, and mapping of archaeological sites on the NEIC resource location base maps. They also learn to review, interpret, and glean selected information from newly received historical resource investigation reports that are mapped onto the NEIC base maps, assigned an NEIC bibliographic number, and entered into an electronic and hard copy bibliography.
After becoming familiar with these procedures, map reading, and the NEIC filing systems, students are trained in conducting record searches. As the NEIC GIS program develops, students will be trained to digitize sites and reports on the computer, populate associated attribute tables, enter data into the linked resource database and report bibliographies, and scan hard copies of records and reports into electronic (PDF) format.