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.


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 Community-Based Summer Internship Program

The Anthropology Department facilitates 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 optional but encouraged credited, academic component occurring in the summer or fall. The credited component consists of the following three elements: 1) A 5-7 page reflection paper based on regular, written reflection; 2) An opinion article that advances the work of the organization; 3) A 15 page research paper that explores an aspect of the work or an issue facing the organization through an engagement with anthropological literature. 

"I was expecting to gain practical anthropological experience by accepting an unpaid internship through the department. What I ended up with was somewhat of a surprise but much better - I ended up working for people hugely invested in their work and not only willing but excited to spend hours explaining history, current politics, activism, and what they saw as the potential for the future to me. I realized how much I didn't know about the world, how quickly that could change if you are around passionate people, and how accessible avenues for change can be if you seek them out and are serious about your purpose. This expanded my outlook for future careers and put me in new circles of good, intelligent, active and inspiring people of different age groups and various backgrounds than what a college student is usually exposed to. I feel lucky to know everyone I have met through connection with the organization and to have had a part in the projects that they included me in!"--Margaret Reynolds, Anthropology Major and 2017 Anthropology Department Community-Based Intern

The Summer 2018 Internships are:

Social Justice Internship with the Resistance Center (Northampton)

Communications and Development Internship with the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation (Springfield)

Fundraising and Volunteer Internship with Stone Soup Cafe (Greenfield)

Communications Internship with the New Economy Coalition (Northampton Office)

Youth and Co-op Development Internship with Worcester Roots (Worcester)

Click on an internship to read the description of the organization, scope of the internship, and application details. 

Application Process

There are two stages to the application process for each of these internships.

Stage 1: Submit the following documents to Boone Shear by March 23.

1) A resume or CV

2) A no more than one page letter of interest that includes 3 elements:how your background, experiences, and interests relate to the internship; what you hope to accomplish in relation to the internship; what work would you like your internship to include

3) Your summer availability; mode of transportation, and preferred work hours (include both daily hours and weekly availability). 

4) Any additional Application Materials as detailed in the particular internship (click on above links)

Stage 2: Applicants will be notified by March 25 of their status. Successful applicants will then meet with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor and the Community Organization to finalize a contract and work-plan. 

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


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.