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Internship Information

Internships provide students the opportunity to engage with anthropology through work and research activities. Past internship experiences have included placements in archaeology labs, museums, police departments, forensic science laboratories, primate sanctuaries, public health departments and various non-profit organizations. For the entire range of students’ past internship projects, visit the Anthropology Internship Gallery. Keep in mind though that students discover new internship projects every year.

Course credit for internships is available to undergraduate majors through ANTH 4390 and to graduate majors through ANTH 5395. ANTH 4390 and ANTH 5395 may be repeated once for credit. Interested undergraduate majors should contact the internship coordinator, Dr. Neill Hadder, several months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they hope to intern in order to begin the internship process. Before contacting Dr. Hadder, graduate majors must first consult with their thesis advisors.


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What is required in an internship?

  • A minimum of 120 total hours at the internship site (more may be required by some organizations) for undergraduates
  • Participating in a discussion seminar with other interns
  • Undergraduates will complete weekly work-logs and a final report that describes the internship and links it to anthropology
  • Written work for graduate interns will vary based on the internship and the wishes of the thesis advisor

Why pursue an internship?

  • Internships provide an apprenticeship that allows students to practice anthropology in real-world settings
  • Internships allow students to explore specific careers before graduation
  • Internships can offer opportunities for students to learn research and technical skills
  • Internships help students build professional networks that can lead to job opportunities and provide references
  • In addition to course credit, Bachelor of Science students can use ANTH 4390 toward the fulfillment of the “field experience or laboratory techniques requirement.” Students who have taken the Curation of Archaeological Materials course (ANTH 3330), and complete a qualifying curation-oriented internship, can receive a departmental certificate in the curation of anthropological materials

Who is eligible for the anthropology internship program?

  • Undergraduate and graduate anthropology majors
  • Undergraduate interns are typically in their junior or senior year, but freshman and sophomore majors will be considered for internships under certain circumstances
  • Undergraduate students must have GPAs of 2.5 or higher in their anthropology classes
  • Graduate students must obtain approval for their internships from their thesis advisors