SUMMER 2022 APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE JAN 1, 2022
FACTS Summer Internship Program
The FACTS Summer 2022 Internship Information.
The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) is pleased to offer an unpaid, non-credit summer internship for both Texas State and non-Texas State students. Interns will be expected to reside in the San Marcos area for the duration of the internship. The Internship will run from June 1, 2022 until at minimum June 24, 2022. While there is no payment available for interns, all students will be allowed to participate in the FACTS workshops taking place in June. This includes enrollment in the Human Osteology Intensive, Outdoor Human Remains Recovery, Entomology and Taphonomy, and the Forensic Anthropology Methods workshops. The total value of these workshops is $2,200.00.
Primary responsibilities will be participating in these workshops. Interns will also assist with daily operations of FACTS, process skeletal remains, and assist with curation of skeletal remains into the Texas State Donated Skeletal Collection (TXSTDSC). Other tasks include, but are not limited to, the donation program, data management, and daily tasks assigned by the supervisor. Advanced students may also assist with Operation Identification (OpID), which works to identify the remains of undocumented border crossers that are found in Texas.
It is preferred OpID interns are available the entire month of June. OpID interns may also be required to pass competency exams to participate fully.
Deadline for Submission
Applications must be received by March 31, 2022 at 11:59pm to be considered for a summer internship position. Any submissions received after 11:59pm will not be considered.
- Must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in Anthropology or related field
- Must have successfully completed an osteology course or equivalent anatomy training
- Must be available throughout the entire required internship interval (June 1-24, 2022)
- Must have a means of transportation while in San Marcos
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
FACTS, like the Anthropology Department at Texas State, is committed to:
- The cultivation of character and the modeling of honesty, integrity, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior, both in the classroom and beyond; and
- Engaged teaching and learning based in dialogue, student involvement, and the free exchange of ideas.
- a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life
Interested students must complete the FACTS Internship Application Form, submit a cover letter, and submit a current CV. The cover letter should address how the applicant’s background and interests fit the program, a reflection on why diversity is important to forensic anthropology, and what they hope to accomplish as an intern. We are specifically interested to hear how the applicants plan to use the knowledge they gain from the workshops in their future careers.
If prospective interns are interested in an opportunity with OpID, please also indicate this in your cover letter. Only advanced undergraduates or graduate students will be considered for OpID interns. To participate with OpID you should feel confident enough to pass whole and fragmentary bone osteology competency exams.
A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty sponsor must be submitted in order for an application to be considered complete and subsequently reviewed. The recommendation letter can be mailed to Sophia Mavroudas, Coordinator-FACTS, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666 or a signed pdf of the letter can be emailed to Sophia Mavroudas at email@example.com.
The faculty sponsor should be a professor who has taught the applicant or is familiar with the applicant's academic performance. The sponsor should also be able to evaluate the participant's ability to successfully participate in the internship.
Please submit your complete application to Sophia Mavroudas firstname.lastname@example.org The subject line of your email should read 'FACTS Summer 2022 Internship'. All applications without this subject line may be incorrectly sorted and subsequently will not be considered. Your letter of recommendation may be sent separately.
The application should include:
- Cover Letter including your name
- FACTS Internship Application Form
Successful Applicants will be notified no later than April 15, 2022.
Yes, we welcome both undergraduate and graduate student interns.
Yes, you may still apply with no osteology course if you have had equivalent experiences. If you have had no experience with human osteology, your application will be considered less competitive than those who have had osteology.
FACTS Interns come from across the world to spend the month of June with us. We have had many interns from Texas, but also PA, NY, CA, AL, GA, IL, FL, LA, Greece, and South Africa
Yes, you may still apply. The opportunity to participate in these workshops is a valuable opportunity to gain important knowledge of anthropology in practice. We have designed this internship to overlap with these courses so that students who may not normally have the means or access to participate in our workshops have an opportunity to learn at FACTS. If while you are here you choose not to participate, that is fine as well.
Yes, we have opened up the internship for Texas State student applicants.
Yes, you may still apply with no vehicle. However, you are responsible for getting around town and to our various laboratories. Our main lab is on a TXST bus loop, but with no vehicle, you should be prepared to pay for ride-share services or taxis while you are here to get around town and to and from your internship if necessary.
Please direct all inquiries to Sophia Mavroudas via email - email@example.com.
Yes, OpID interns may choose to participate in workshops. Because many OpID interns are graduate students, some choose not to participate in all workshops. Successful applicants can choose which workshops to participate in.
To participate in OpID we recommend you identify as an advanced undergraduate or graduate student to apply. By this, we mean someone who has a strong foundation of osteological knowledge, experience with recovery techniques through coursework or a field school, and experience applying forensic anthropology methods to skeletal remains.
If you are interested in OpID, please speak to your interest in your cover letter. If you are willing to be a FACTS intern even if you are not accepted to OpID, please also indicate this as well.