Internships offer invaluable opportunities to gain experience in your chosen field. Following are links to institutions that offer internships for aspiring anthropologists. However, don’t be afraid to veer of the beaten path and consider internships that are non-traditional for anthropology students. As the following example, provided by Douglas Hume (Northern Kentucky University), shows, anthropology students not only gain experience through internship, but bring valuable insight to different jobs.
"After learning how to discover taxonomic structure in language, a student applied these skills towards understanding the organizational structure of the financial institution in which he was interning. Through asking structural questions and card sorting, he was able to find that different versions of the organizational structure of the company existed depending upon the management level of the employee. Upon presenting the results of his analysis, his supervisor expressed such strong interest in the skills that this student had, that he offered him a job."
American Anthropological Association, Summer Internship Program
American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Internship Program
Anthropology Outreach Program, Smithsonian Institution
Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
The Carter Center
Center for American Archaeology
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Kaiser Family Foundation
Museum Resource Board
NAPA The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
The National Academies, The Christine Mirzayan Internship Program
National Park Services
Public Leadership Education Network
The Washington Center
The Urban Institute
Dayton Society of Natural History, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
The Field School offers undergraduate and high school internships
Historical Archaeology Internships at Mount Vernon
AAA provides an online bulletin board to submit available internship opportunities as well as a search tool for those seeking internships.
Please visit often, as new information becomes available throughout the day and week.
- Search for Internships (AAA Bulletin Board)
- Post Internship Opportunities (AAA Bulletin Board)
Disclaimer: The American Anthropological Association does not advocate for or against these institutions, but merely supplies information.
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