Internships in Anthropology
We strongly encourage our anthropology students to gain first-hand experience with the world’s cultural and ethnic diversity and heritage as much as possible while with us as undergraduates.
Find a learning experience that matches your interests. Our faculty, as advisors, assist students in exploring and pursuing internship opportunities, whether it be primate field study abroad, an ethnographic field school in the southwest or a semester at a university in a country such as England or Chile.
Although internships and other field experiences are not mandatory, we place a high value on their significance and benefit as a learning experience. We help you organize these experiences to meet your needs and interests.
Our students have recently interned in communities in Alaska, a summer camp in New York State, historical museums, and local schools, and have participated in archaeological field schools. In addition, students often take advantage of the more than 300 available study abroad programs, especially those in Latin America and Europe.
Local Internship Opportunities
Internship work at local and regional museums and businesses is occasionally available for anthropology students and typically involves the student receiving 3-6 credits of independent study. Interns may help with curation, archival work, computer data entry, docent activities, etc., as required by the site. In the past, students have carried out internships at the Clinton County Historical Museum (Plattsburgh), the Kent-Delord House Museum (Plattsburgh), the Adirondack Museum (Blue Mountain Lake) and the New York State Museum in Albany.
The following are ethnographically/social science-grounded internships sponsored by the Department of Anthropology. By ethnographically-grounded, we mean focused on the human dimensions of the experience, in which interns will engage in thinking ethically and anthropologically. In order to ensure an anthropologically/social sciences-grounded internship, interns are encouraged to enroll, concurrently (for fall internships), in the Internship Seminar (ANT451a) in which the anthropological/social science aspects of the internships will be clarified through group discussion.