Internships and Field Schools in Anthropology
Volunteer and Paid Internship Opportunities
Below are links to a variety of sites that provide internship opportunities. Those listed are only a sampling. If you know of an organization that you would be interested in working with, please check its website to see if they list internships. In cases where you do not see internships listed, use the site's search facility.
Some of those in this section also have field school listings. A separate section on sites that exclusively pertain to field schools can be found at the end.
To earn internship credit, for Ball State students, see the departmental internship guidelines and forms. Students elsewhere should check for their local requirements.
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 Anthropological Association
The American Anthropological Association maintains an online list of internship opportunities for anthropology students, including a summer internship at the AAA itself.
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, and conservation.
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. Currently only unpaid internships are available.
Archaeological Volunteer Opportunities
Here you can both search for internship opportunities and enter a listing describing what sort of opening you are looking for.
About.com's listing of current digs around the world, including both field schools and projects accepting volunteers.
A guide to archaeological and heritage volunteer positions around the world.
BSU Applied Anthropology Laboratories
The Department of Anthropology's Applied Anthropology Laboratories usually has internships available each semester and in the summer (upcoming). These involve collections management, public education, or a variety of other activities. Contact the lab staff for further information.
BSU Career Center Cardinal Viewjobs
Lists on and off BSU campus internship and cooperative education vacancies for students.
BSU Honors College Listing
Honors College maintains a listing of national internships, some of which are relevant to anthropology.
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 fighting 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, offers varying numbers of "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. Applications are due by early March.
Center for Social Well Being
This program offers an internship in the Peruvian Andes, consisting of a three-week training program followed by a research period tailored to the individual student.
This site maintains a database of thousands of internships of all sorts, both in the U.S. and abroad. It can be searched for those relating to anthropology. These may include NGOs, social media, historic preservation, archaeology, and others.
While primarily business-oriented, this organization does offer a few internships that are more anthropological in human resources consulting, social media, and with charities. They operate in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Sydney.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History each year offers an archaeological internship on a site in Ohio through its Kirtlandia Research Internship Program. This is an undergraduate internship that pays $7.85 per hour plus $200 for expenses.
Corporation for National & Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.
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.
The Field Museum in Chicago offers undergraduate internships and graduate fellowships to work with their collections.
While not a source of internships itself, this site does offer information and links to sites where public service internships may be found.
Gap Year Opportunities & Guidelines
Interested in taking a gap year before or after college? Here's a site with a lot of information, including links to possible internships and volunteer opportunities.
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.
Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)
The Human Relations Area Files, a major cross-cultural ethnographic project based at Yale University, has an opening for an internship beginning in the summer of 2016.
Humanitarian and environmental projects. Opportunities to serve in large of small organizations, schools, community organizations in a local or international capacity.
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 Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Special Projects Coordinator, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, 402 W. Washington Street - Room W274, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739; 317/232-1646; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana State Government
From this page, search for "internship." 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.
Indiana State Museum
The state museum normally has internships available each year.
Offering internship opportunities three times a year, this organization also offers information about job opportunities, in the US and abroad, with international relief and development agencies, largely in the field.
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.
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, when available. As they seem to be reorganizing the page at the moment, use the search box.
National Center for Preservation Technology & Training
Ten-week summer Internships are sometimes available for undergraduate and graduate students in the Archaeology and Collections Program of the NCPTT, located at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
National Park Service
These are oriented to cultural resources management and archaeology. Internships are available for both the academic year and the summer. There are also opportunities for volunteers.
Nonprofit Career Center
Register your resume, search for national and international opportunities.
Gathering place for nonprofit employers and management personnel. Searchable database of jobs and career resources.
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. Enter "internship" in the search box.
Here's a good place to look for jobs in archaeology, some of which are short-term and suitable for internships. They also list field schools.
Described on their website as "a cross between a record label and a museum so the experience is a mix of non-profit record business and applied ethno-musicology."
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
Like Indiana, many states offer internship opportunities. Here's the search site for the state of South Dakota. Search for those for other states. These often involve carrying out archaeological surveys, preparing National Register of Historic Places nominations, etc. Check for residency requirements.
Student Conservation Association Internships
This is one of the best sources for archaeological or museum internships, usually providing at least a stipend for housing and subsistence. The internships are with Federal and state agencies in parks and monuments throughout the country. In addition to archaeology and museum work, they include public interpretation and a range of other areas.
Acting as a coordinator for local organizations in Costa Rica, Ghana, and Thailand, uVolunteer offers a variety of projects lasting from one to twelve weeks. While not all would be suitable for an anthropology internship, all would provide valuable experience living and working in another culture.
As some of the other entries indicate, volunteering is one way to get internship experience. Here's a site that provides general information about volunteering with some links.
This list is by no means exhaustive. But it should provide you with information about many of the more common internships and ideas about where to look for others. Good hunting!
If you plan to enroll in a field school that is not offered by Ball State, you will need to talk with your advisor in advance about either transferring credit or arranging to get Ball State credit.
Several of the sites in the preceding (internship) section also list field school opportunities. These include AIA Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities, Archaeology Digs, and Shovelbums. Those listed below offer only field schools, for which there are enrollment fees and other expenses.
Institute for Field Research
With quite a few years of experience behind it, the Institute for Field Research provides field opportunities in archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, and environmental studies in various areas around the world.
Sepela Field Programs
This Indianapolis-based organization offers, among other things, a primatology field course in South Africa taught by Ball State alum Dr. Brandi Wren.
See also my separate field school listing.
Other Useful Sites
Free résumé templates. This site offers help in preparing your résumé. And here's one that even offers suggestions for archaeological résumés.
Revised January 2016