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July 5, 2018


 You can now search for internships through the AnthroGuide database!   


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."

Explore other internship opportunities

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 Archeology

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Earthwatch Institute

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

Disclaimer: The American Anthropological Association does not advocate for or against these institutions, but merely supplies information.

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As part of the AAA’s new Comprehensive Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, we now require field schools and other research experiences advertised on our website or through AAA-supported social media, draft and make available on demand a code of conduct prohibiting sexual assault and sexual harassment. Appropriate reporting mechanisms for those who do experience or witness sexual harassment or sexual assault will also be required.

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