The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Internship Opportunities

Anthropology engenders and enables a wide range of post-graduation work. Our anthropology majors have gone on to work in community organizations, education, government and policy work, in the medical field, non-profits, information technology, museums, conservation, community resources management, start their own businesses, and furthered their education in graduate programs in the social sciences, hard sciences, and humanities.   

Internships can be excellent opportunities for students to develop skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience. While we know some internships amount to little more than free labor for employers, 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 to apply for scholarships and funding to support this work.

Locating Internships

Anthropology students can develop internships in the following ways:

  1. Apply for internships offered directly through the Anthropology Department. 
  2. Develop internships with community organizations, businesses, non-profits and so on. 
  3. Work with career services to find internship opportunities.

 

Faculty Sponsorship

You may develop a for-credit internship in each of the above categories. hThis process requires a faculty sponsor and an agreement between the student and faculty member around the terms of the internship, as well as an academic component (this can take the form of a paper, series of reflections, or other projects). 

Credited internships can fall under general university credits or credits towards the anthropology major (if you have an anthropology faculty member as your sponsor).  

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CREDITED INTERNSHIPS

 

ANTHROPOLOGY INTERNSHIPS PROGRAMS 

Anthropology Major Internships

Anthropology Major Internships are for-credit and count towards the major. One advantage is that they carry an option of pre-set faculty sponsorship and standardized academic components. In other words, you don’t have to search for faculty sponsorship for internships that you are doing, nor do you have to negotiate terms of the academic components. Anthropology Major Internships are run through the advising program and are sponsored by the Director of Undergraduate Advising. (***Students always have the option of finding their own faculty sponsorships and developing concomitant academic arrangements). 

To see the academic components that are required for Anthropology Major Internships, go here:

Any internship that you find can be turned into an Anthropology Major Internship if it meets the minimum requirements. The department/we also offer ongoing internship programs and channels: 

Community-Based Summer Internship Program

This internship program connects students with local social justice, movement-based organizations, that are working to support and create community autonomy. They are designed to build upon and develop anthropological thinking, methods, and skills and forge deeper relationships between the university and community groups. 

Previous Internships placements have included: 

  • The Center for Economic Democracy
  • The Resistance Center
  • The New Economy Coalition
  • Wellspring Cooperatives

Internships take place over the course of the summer with an optional but encouraged credited, academic component occurring in the summer or fall.  See the credited internship components page for more info. 

2020 Summer Community-Based Internship Report 

2021 Summer Based Internships:

  • Peace Development Fund
  • More Coming Soon

Go here to Apply to the Summer Community-Based Internship Program 

Alumni and Friends Internships

These internships are geared towards collaboration with the department and anthropology majors. Interns work with organizations that have strong alumni and/or departmental ties who prioritize anthropology majors.  They are designed to build upon and develop anthropological thinking, methods, and skills and forge deeper relationships with the department and our alumni and friends.  Current Alumni and Friends Internship Partners include: 

  • The Peace Development Fund 
  • Wellspring Cooperatives
  • Witness Stones Project
  • Mad Gab’s Natural Body Care Products

 

Details for Fall 2021 Alumni and Friends Internships Coming Soon

 

 

In conjunction with Professor of Anthropology Whitney Battle-Baptiste, the Anthropology Department periodically offers credited internships that both practically and intellectually engage with the W.E.B. 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.

 

Faculty Internships

These internships enable students to work with faculty on their ongoing or limited time projects. Often these are run and listed as independent studies and have their own negotiated or pre-existing set of academic components. Other times these are categorized as research assistantships of various kinds and come with independent study credit. Sometimes these are non-credited and may be complemented with the Anthropology Major Internship credited program. 

 

Internship Funding

Community-Based Summer Program internships come with departmental funding. The amount varies from year to year. 

Some internships come with stipends, or are paid internships. Other internships are unpaid. 

Internship funding is also available through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. To see what internship funding (and funding in general) that you are eligible for, make sure to register for Academic Works.