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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 students through ANTH 5393. Interested students 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.


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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” and students who complete a qualifying curation-oriented internship, along with the required coursework, can receive a departmental certificate in the curation of anthropological materials

What is required in an internship?

  • 10-20 hours of work per week (the specific time commitment and work requirements will vary depending on the organization the internship is with)
  • Participating in a discussion seminar with other interns
  • Completing weekly worklogs and a final report that describes the internship and links it to anthropology

Who is eligible for the anthropology internship program?

  • Students must be junior or senior anthropology majors or anthropology graduate students at Texas State University
  • Undergraduate students must have GPAs of 2.5 or higher in their anthropology classes
  • Undergraduate students must have completed ANTH 1312, 2414 and 2415 (one of these can be taken concurrently with the internship)
  • Graduate students must also obtain approval for their internships from their thesis advisors