Internships

Internships can be excellent opportunities for students to further anthropological skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience. We are cognizant that internships can sometimes amount to little more than free labor for employers, but, when thoughtfully arranged, internships can be of great benefit to both student-interns and the organizations that they work with.

We encourage anthropology students to find engaging, for-credit internships. And we encourage students to apply for scholarships and funding to support this work.

LOCATING INTERNSHIPS

Anthropology students can develop for-credit internships through at least three different avenues. 1) Students can apply to internship opportunities that are offered directly through the Anthropology Department, 2) students can develop internships on their own with community organizations, businesses, non-profits and so on, and 3) students can work with career services to find internship opportunities.

In all cases, for-credit internships require a faculty sponsor and an agreement between the internship institution, student, and faculty member around the terms of the internship as well as an academic component (a paper, series of reflections, or other projects).  Credited internships can fall under general university credits or anthropology credits (if you have an anthropology faculty member as your sponsor).  For more general information about internships, go here

One advantage of our departmental internships--discussed below–is that the faculty sponsor and terms of the internships are well developed and defined.

ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIPS

Anthropology Department Community-Based Summer Internship Program

The Anthropology Department is developing an internship program that connects students with local organizations, is designed to build upon and develop anthropological skills, and forges deeper relationships between the university and community groups. Internships take place over the course of the summer with an academic component occurring in the fall.  In summer 2017, we facilitated four internship projects with 3 different community organizations.

The American Friends Service Committee

The Wellspring Cooperative

Stone Soup Cafe

Summer 2018 Internships opportunities and application procedures will be posted during spring 2018.  Contact bshear@umass.edu for more information.

 Each semester, Archaeological Services offers a variety of structured internship and independent study opportunities. With these opportunities.  you can participate in research alongside professional archaeologists in the field, in the laboratory, and in the office.  Field_School_2016_CatAndSamLearn practical research skills and gain real-world experience in excavating and recording in the field, processing and analyzing artifacts in the laboratory, preparing research reports, and communicating the results of archaeological research to other professionals and the public. Contact Director Eric Johnson for more information ericjohnson@anthro.umass.edu

 

 

In conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and Director, Associate Professor of Anthropology WhitneDubois copyy Battle-Baptiste, the Anthropology Department will soon be offering credited internships that both practically and intellectually engage with the Du Bois Center. Du Bois Center Interns will participate in managing the Dubois Center’s day to day operations, will learn public relations and develop interpersonal skills, and will collaborate with other  stakeholders in advancing the Dubois Center’s activities and mission. In addition, interns will engage in a research project aimed at exploring the intellectual legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois and/or promoting the Du Bois Center.