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Internships in Applied Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers credit for internships. Although we feel internships should be paid, we do offer credit for unpaid internships. Normally, a three-credit-hour internship would engage the students for about ten hours a week during the academic year or full-time for at least three weeks during the summer. Students are responsible for proposing projects to the department via a wri​tten statement of their goals and objectives, supervision arrangements, evaluation criteria, the location and duration of the internship. This should be worked out with the employer. 

Internship Guidelines and Forms

  • Guidelines
  • Enrollment
  • Supervisor's Evaluation
  • Time Reports

Volunteer and Paid Internship Opportunities

  • Action Without Borders
    Humanitarian and environmental projects. Opportunities to serve in large of small organizations, schools, community organizations in a local or international capacity.
  • AIA Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities 
    The Archaeological Institute of America online Guide to Fieldwork Opportunities allows you to search for volunteer, field school, and staff positions at sites around the world.

  • American Museum of Natural History Anthropology Internship Program 
    Internships for undergraduate and graduate students to 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, & conservation.

  • AmeriCorps National Service Program
    The AmeriCorps National Service program is a public service program that provides incentives for citizens to participate in important domestic quality-of-life issues. Its three direct service programs are AmeriCorps* USA , AmeriCorps* VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), and AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Conservation Corps).

  • Amerind Foundation Program 
    Volunteer opportunities at a private, nonprofit anthropological and archaeological museum and research center in southeastern Arizona dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Native American cultures and their histories. Paid internships are sometimes available.​

  • Carter Center

  • The Carter Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy institute in Atlanta GA , founded in 1982 by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. The Center is dedicated to f​ighting disease, hunger, poverty, conflict, and oppression through collaborative initiatives in the areas of democratization and development, global health, and urban revitalization. The Center operates 13 core programs and initiatives active in more than 30 countries, including the United States .

  • Center for American Archeology
    The Center for American Archeology in Kampsville , Illinois , usually offers two "Women in Archeology" internships each summer. These are open to women juniors, seniors, and graduate students aged 21 and over with a valid driver's license and experience in archaeology. A stipend is provided for room & board. For further information, check "Opportunities" on their web site. Applications are due in February.

  • Community Career Center 
    Gathering place for nonprofit employers and management personnel. Searchable database of jobs and career resources.

  • Dayton Society of Natural History 
    Internships at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery are designed to provide students with practical experience in a science and natural history museum. Interns may work in a variety of settings and learn about the overall structure and daily operations of the Museum, earning academic credit and gaining hands-on experience along the way. They also offer summer positions for college and graduate students interested in Midwestern prehistory. Emphasis for these is on the excavation of Fort Ancient culture sites in Dayton , Ohio , dating to approximately A.D. 1200.

  • Essential Information
    National directory of "social change" organizations. Good research tool for learning about the diverse array of nonprofit organizations.

  • Field Museum
    The Field Museum in Chicago offers undergraduate internships and graduate fellowships to work with their collections.

  • Global Volunteers 
    Global volunteers is a private, non-profit corporation that sponsors volunteer participation in international human and economic development projects in the form of "service learning" travel programs.

  • Historical Site Internships at Mount Vernon
    Internships are offered year round. Currently internships are available in collections management, report writing, public outreach, and material culture studies. They are usually unfunded and housing is not provided.

  • Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology Internships 
    Unpaid internships are offered throughout the year for undergraduates and recent graduates. Interns have the opportunity to gain practical experience and exposure to work in the State Archaeologist's office including, for example, work with archaeological site forms and other records, archaeological data entry, mapping, work with collections (cleaning, cataloguing, etc.), limited fieldwork, and assisting with Indiana Archaeology Month planning and/or activities. To apply, please contact Dr. Rick Jones, Indiana State Archaeologist, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, 402 W. Washington Street - Room W274, Indianapolis , IN 46204-2739 ; 317/232-1646;

  • Indiana State Government
    From this page, search of "internships." These internships provide students with the opportunity to work within Indiana state agencies and meet with a variety of elected officials, agency directors, and others. For example, openings are sometimes available within the Indiana Department of Transportation for students with majors in anthropology, archaeology, architecture, geography, historic preservation, history, museum studies, and the like. These IDOT internships pay $11.12 per hour for a 37.5-hour workweek. The Governor's Public Service Summer Internship Program website is only active during the application period.

  • InterAction
    Offers information about paid or volunteer positions, in the US and abroad, with international relief and development agencies.

  • Media Education Foundation
    MEF offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students each term, including the summer. Interns at MEF will gain experience in media education, production, and activism. Since MEF is both a production and distribution organization, interns will gain experience in both the production and operations departments. The internships carry credit but no stipend. Women and people of color are strongly urged to apply.

  • Midwest Archaeological Internships 
    The Midwest Archaeological Conference provides listings of archaeological internships (and employment opportunities) in the region.

  • Minnetrista Cultural Center
    The Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie offers internships in such areas as collections management, exhibit design, special projects, and public education.

  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology 
    The NAPA "Students" page provides links to internships in applied anthropology.

  • National Park Service 
    This site provides links to positions for archaeological and anthropological volunteer positions with the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and various other agencies and organization.

  • National Center for Preservation Technology & Training 
    Ten-week summer Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students in the Archaeology and Collections Program of the NCPTT, located at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches , Louisiana . Applications are due by 15 March.

  • Nonprofit Career Center
    Register your resume, search for national and international opportunities.

  • Points of Light Foundation 
    National clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities. Links to the America 's Promise Initiative/President's Summit on Volunteerism.

  • Rising Star Internships 
    The Rising Star web site maintains a listing of internships in a wide variety of fields with organizations int he U.S. and abroad.

  • Servenet 
    Link to volunteer opportunities as well as nonprofit career and networking resources. Search for volunteer and career opportunities by zip code, state, or religion.

  • Save the Children 
    Save the Children is a non-profit organization devoted to child advocacy through nutritional education, child development, and basic child education. In additional, Save the Children attempts to improve economic opportunities of children, and help children cope and recover in emergency situations.

  • Second Harvest
    The largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States , Second Harvest supplies the needy with one billion pounds of food a year. Second harvest provides food for those who are hungry due to poverty and those affected by natural disaster.

  • Smithsonian Institution 
    The Smithsonian Institution offers a variety of internships. Its internship website also contains links to internship opportunities at a number of other museums.

  • South Dakota Summer Internships 
    The state of South Dakota offers summer historic preservation internships. These involve carrying out surveys, preparing National Register of Historic Places nominations, etc. The salary is $8.40 - $9.45, depending on qualifications.