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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).  

more information about internships

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

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 engagement with anthropological and other scholarly literature.

The Summer 2020 Internships are:

Stay tuned for information on the upcoming summer 2020 internships and application deadlines.

In conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and Director, Associate Professor of Anthropology Whitney 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.