ANTHROPOLOGY INTERNSHIP (anth4910)
The anthropology internship program provides opportunities
for students to work intensively on a particular project under
the supervision of the sponsoring organization to explore new ways of
applying their anthropological expertise in response to contemporary issues
and problems confronting people in local settings throughout the world.
Student interns design their own learning experience by selecting a sponsoring
organization that matches their interests and needs. These public-service
oriented internships effectively prepare students for their future careers
by training them to work as part of collaborative teams, develop their
people skills and political savvy, and think through issues of anthropological
responsibility and ethics.
Anthropology internships may focus on any of the three fields represented
by departmental faculty: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural
anthropology. The internship experience will vary according to the interests
of students and the needs of the sponsoring organization. All internships
are designed to meet community needs in a relevant and meaningful way,
enhance student learning in the discipline, and prepare students for active
civic participation in local and/or global settings.
Many regional, national, and international organizations offer formal
and informal internship opportunities in a range of fields relevant to
anthropology. Students who are interested in the internship program should
review a variety of organizations that specialize in areas of interest.
The Anthropology Internship Coordinator maintains a database of resources
to help students identify appropriate internship opportunities. Students
are also encouraged to discuss their options with other faculty members
in the department and across campus.
Eligibility and Selection
Prospective interns must be anthropology majors with an overall GPA of
at least 2.5 and an anthropology GPA of at least 2.5, with 20 hours of
anthropology coursework. The Anthropology Internship Coordinator will
make all decisions regarding final eligibility. The work supervisor at
the sponsoring organization must validate the internship offer prior to
registration for the course.
Interns will consult with their faculty sponsors to establish the number
of credit hours earned through the internship. One credit hour can be
earned for every ten hours of work performed, up to a maximum of four
The faculty sponsor will determine the student’s final grade on
the basis of the student’s reports, journals, and final paper, as
well as the supervisor’s evaluation of student performance. The
final grade will be a letter grade, A through F.
Interns will determine a schedule for the submission of work through consultation
with the faculty sponsor.
Work: Interns are expected to meet the expectations of the sponsoring
organization by providing service that is meaningful and relevant to the
sponsoring organization. Interns should not be placed in compromising
or dangerous situations.
Progress Reports: The intern will submit two
progress reports to the faculty sponsor at specified times throughout
the internship period.
Journal Entries: The intern will consult with the faculty sponsor to establish
the content and frequency of journal entries. These journals will be submitted
to the faculty sponsor at the end of the internship.
Final Paper or Project Report: The intern will
submit a 10-15 page written paper or report to the faculty sponsor at
the end of the internship. The content of this assignment will be established
through consultation with the faculty sponsor.