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American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Internship Program
The Anthropology Internship Program offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in anthropology, museums or related fields. Anthropology interns work on projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of the curatorial staff in the museum or in the field. In addition, internships are awarded in collections management, archives, and conservation. Applicants should be enrolled in or have recently graduated from an academic institution.

Anthropology Outreach Program, Smithsonian Institution
Our internships offer student-mentor relationships and career-enhancing experiences for undergraduate, graduate and sometimes even high school students. Whether working directly with the public, contributing to the administration and operation of the facilities, or actively engaged in our scientific pursuits, interns gain valuable job skills, unique insight into our operations, and enliven our community!

Carter Center 
For more than 20 years, the Carter Center Internship Program has provided more than 2000 interns with a rewarding complement to classroom experience, enhancing participants' educations and careers in the field of public service. Undergraduate Students need to have completed at least two years of study by the start of the internship.  For example, qualified candidates within the United States will have a minimum of 60 credit hours earned toward their bachelor's degree. 

Center for Strategic and International Studies
CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy.

Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch Institute’s mission is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public. To realize this mission, Earthwatch Institute has three recognized areas of focus: Research, Education and Conservation.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 
Interns at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis work as part of a team, completing significant projects, giving input and seeing results. Whether working directly with children or within administrative departments, interns contribute to the museum’s mission: to create extraordinary learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and their families.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Announces its 2010–2011 internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments—curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Undergraduate students can apply for summer internships working in one of the Museum's departments.  Interns work directly with Museum staff conducting research, designing and building exhibits, preserving or restoring artifacts, or developing educational materials. 

National Park Service
There are thousands of opportunities for high school, college, and graduate school students to work with the National Park Service. Many of these jobs are filled at the park level but others are advertised and recruited nationally by the National Park Service or in partnership with several national organizations.

The Washington Center 
The Washington Center brings students in a wide range of majors from universities to the U.S. capital city and abroad for full-time academic internship programs.

The Urban Institute  
Although the Urban Institute does not have a formal internship program, we do hire research assistants on a temporary basis for full-time and part-time assignments during the academic year and during the summer.

Dayton Society of Natural History, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Internships at the Boonshoft Museum or SunWatch are designed to provide students with practical experience. Interns may work in a variety of settings and learn about the overall structure and daily operations of the Museum and SunWatch, earning academic credit and gaining hands-on experience along the way.

The Field School 
The Field Museum REU program will train a cohort of at least seven students in biodiversity-related research for each of three summers in a 10-week summer program. Each participant will undertake an independent research project supervised by a museum scientist.

AAA Awards (available to members)

The Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC)
Student Award for Academic Excellence
This prize recognizes excellence in student research, intellectual creativity, originality, and quality of writing. Papers will be evaluated by the SACC Review Committee. Prize: $200 and registration fee waived to attend SACC 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Student Award for Creativity, Leadership, or Community Service
This prize recognizes an exceptional student who has made an outstanding contribution to the academic or local community by demonstrating creativity, leadership, or community service. Prize: $200 and registration fee waived to attend SACC 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

The Archaeology Division (AD)
Student Diversity Travel Grant
Established in 2004, these grants are intended to increase participation in AAA sessions and in archaeology more widely by students from historically under-represented populations. Students in archaeology are encouraged to apply for these travel grants to help defray costs associated with attending the AAA meeting. Archaeology students with disabilities are also eligible for this grant. Up to four grants, of up to $600 each, will be awarded.

Student Membership Award  
The Archaeology Division (AD) seeks to support student membership in the AAA and in the AD to maintain and strengthen the representation of archaeology within the AAA.The AD will award the next year’s membership in both AAA and AD to up to 20 students who present archaeological papers or posters at the annual meeting. This award has a value of between $75 and $135, depending on a student’s AAA membership status. All students who present an archaeological paper or poster at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for this award. Up to three awards will be allocated specifically for undergraduates.

Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)
AfAA Undergraduate Student Paper Award
The prize will be awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology.

Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)
SHA Presidents Award for Undergraduate Student Writing
Undergraduate submissions need not be conference papers. A committee drawn from current, past, and incoming SHA Presidents will judge the papers on originality, creativity, clarity of writing, and most importantly, contribution to humanistic anthropology.

Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)
Sylvia Forman Prize
AFA is pleased to invite graduate and undergraduate students to submit essays in feminist anthropology in competition for the Sylvia Forman Prize, named for the late Sylvia Helen Forman, one of the founders of AFA. The winners, one graduate student and one undergraduate student, will receive a certificate; a cash award ($1,000 graduate and $500 undergraduate); and have their essay summaries published in the Anthropology Newsletter.

Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA)
Annual Student Essay Prize
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology holds an annual student essay competition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In order to be eligible for one of these awards, the applicant must have been either a graduate or undergraduate student in a degree-granting program when the paper was written; must be the sole author of the paper; and must submit the paper no more than two years after it was written.

Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)
Rivers Undergraduate Student Paper Prize
The Rivers Prize will be given for the outstanding paper in medical anthropology written by an undergraduate student. The name of the winner (and of  mentoring professors, if appropriate) will be announced at the SMA annual business meeting during the annual AAA meeting.

Biological Anthropology Section (BAS)
Student Poster/Paper Award
The $250 award is announced at the BAS Business meetings, plus publication in the BAS column of the AAA Newsletter, together with the winning abstract as space permits.  The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The abstract and poster/paper must represent the original work of the student. If the student is not the sole author, a letter from the student's advisor, stating that the work presented is primarily that of the student, is required to accompany the abstract.

Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)
Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology
The Society for Psychological Anthropology each year awards the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay (graduate or undergraduate)in psychological anthropology. The winner is awarded a year's membership in the Society and publication of the paper in Ethos (after appropriate revision as necessary).

Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS)
The Leslie A. White Award and the Beth Wilder Dillingham Award
The CSAS Executive Board offers graduate and undergraduate paper prizes and sponsors two scholarships for student research, the Leslie A. White Award and the Beth Wilder Dillingham Award. The Paper Prizes are awarded for research papers based on presentations given at the CSAS Annual Meeting.  Submissions are generally due two to three weeks following the meeting.  Prizes in each category are $300 and papers in any area of anthropology are eligible.  The Second Vice President of CSAS chairs the Student Paper Prize Committee.

Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)
The Christine Wilson Awards
The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) seeks submissions for its annual Christine Wilson Awards. One award is given for an outstanding undergraduate research paper and another for outstanding graduate research paper. Papers should reflect a topic that combines perspectives in nutrition or food studies and anthropology.

Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS)
Travel Subsidy
Student members of EAS are eligible for a $100 travel subsidy from EAS when they present at AAA meetings. The session does not have to be EAS sponsored.

Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW)
June Nash Student Travel Award 
The June Nash Student Travel Award is now available to students who present papers on SAW reviewed panels.

Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA)
Undergraduate Student Paper Prize  
We seek submissions from faculty on behalf of their undergraduate students for papers that address issues pertaining to urban, national, and transnational anthropology, and/or any of the topical areas of interest to SUNTA, including space and place, poverty and homelessness, and refugees and immigrants.

The Middle East Section (MES)
The MES Student Paper Prize
The MES proudly sponsors an annual paper prize for students in anthropology and related disciplines. Established in 2002, the MES Student Paper Prize includes a cash award of $500, ideally to help defray the costs of travel to the annual AAA conference, and recognition at the Middle East Section meeting at the conference. Papers from current undergraduate or graduate students on any aspect of Middle East anthropology will be evaluated according to originality, significance, use of data, and quality of writing.

National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)
The Carrie Hunter-Tate Award
The award honors the memory of this former officer of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA). To honor the spirit with which she dedicated herself to the profession of anthropology, NASA has established the “Carrie Hunter-Tate Award,” to be bestowed upon student anthropologists with similar enthusiasm for service to the profession.

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