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Each summer, the American Anthropological Association offers two internship opportunities funded by member donations. Internships are six weeks in length and usually extend from early July through mid-August. Internships are unpaid, however they are provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.

Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations: The Naval Historic & Heritage Command and The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Learn about the incredible students who have been AAA interns in the past in our AAA Summer Internship Hall of Fame.


Congratulations to our 2020 summer interns!

Keep up with our interns over on the AAA Summer Interns blog


Max Cameron

Max Cameron 
AAA and Naval History and Heritage Command


I am a rising senior at SUNY Oswego, majoring in anthropology and double minoring in geology and history.  I am a part of the honors college at SUNY Oswego and will be starting fieldwork in the fall for an undergrad thesis in Battlefield Archaeology surveying an 18th Century fort in Oswego.  I live in the Hudson Valley close to the West Point Military Academy.  I run Track at Oswego and do some volunteer work with the athletic program and I enjoy skiing and being with friends.  I hope to pursue a PhD in either battlefield or underwater archaeology and become a professor. 


Katie Kemp

Katie Kemp
AAA and Naval History and Heritage Command

  Katie Kemp is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in Anthropology and International Affairs, and a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. She is attending graduate school in the fall at the University of Montana studying Cultural Heritage with an emphasis in Public Archaeology. She would like to use her experience as an AAA Intern to make the field of Archaeology more accessible for everybody." 

Meghan Ussing

Meghan Ussing
AAA and Folklife and Cultural Heritage


Meghan Ussing is from Soldotna, Alaska. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in May 2020. Her professional interests include cross-cultural research, gender studies, and medical anthropology. When she isn’t studying, Meghan enjoys salmon fishing, hiking, drinking coffee, and knitting.



Applications for the Summer 2021 Internship will be open in December 2020. Please come back to apply!


Internships are six weeks in length from July through August 2020. Internships are unpaid however; interns will be provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.

Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations described below.


AAA Internship Program Partnerships

NHHC Internship

The Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), located on the historic Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC is the official program of the Depart of the Navy. The NHHC is home to the Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) which serves to manage, research, conserve, and interpret the Navy's collection of sunken and terrestrial military craft. This includes over 2,500 shipwrecks and 17,000 aircraft wrecks dispersed around the globe.

The NHHC Underwater Archaeology Branch serves four main functions:

Interns can expect to work on tasks such as: Preparing, undertaking, or following up on field investigations; Conducting extensive archaeological and historical research at local and national archives; Preparing, reviewing, editing or preparing reports; Conserving and cataloging artifacts; Assisting with artifact inventory, management, and loan programs; Developing a photo database of past field projects; Participating in public outreach and education initiatives such as tours, lectures, and presentations; Creating public outreach and education materials such as blogs and brochures.

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Internship

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is a research center of the Smithsonian Institution. Their mission is to "promote greater understanding and sustainability of cultural heritage across the United States and around the world through research, education, and community engagement." Their major activities are the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, maintaining our extensive archival collection, and special projects and programs on cultural heritage, preservation, presentation, and sustainability.

The intern projects may center on production assistance during the last week of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and follow-up with program participants and documentation; sales, marketing, and licensing support with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings; work with archival processing of collections; or assistance with educational outreach and research projects.

AAA On-Site Activities

AAA activities will include the following:


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