Fieldwork Opportunities and Internships

The following listings are provided here as a means for students to gain practical skills in areas of potential professional interest. However, by posting these links the Anthropology Department does not explicitly endorse them, nor do we guarantee that all of the linked field schools will qualify for transfer credit to our department.  Please see your academic advisor to discuss the possibilities for transferring credit BEFORE enrolling in these programs.

Applied Anthropology      Biological Anthropology     Sociocultural Anthropology   Archeological Anthropology
The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce that it has a small pool of funds this year for undergraduate student awards for professional development activities. Funding is available in three categories: summer field school support; conference travel; and poster printing. Click here for more information.

Applied Anthropology

Kalu Yala: Study Abroad in Panama- We’re seeking students who are passionate about solving social and environmental issues through the discovery and application of scalable solutions and products. Since the Summer of 2010 we have had students from 28 countries, 46 states, and 188 universities produce more than 500 individual research reports and projects in sustainability, across a variety of sectors including agriculture, biology, business, design-thinking, media arts, and public health and wellness.

Biological Anthropology (Primatology, Paleoanthropology, Medical Anthropology) 

The Appstate-Università di Padua Bioarchaeological Field School aims to teach students human osteology, bioarchaeological field methods, and the contextualized analysis of archaeological human remains in an Italian context.  SUMMER SESSION II JUNE 27 TO JULY 22 IN VENICE, PADUA, AND TRENTO, ITALY
Application deadline February 1, 2019

Bioarchaeology in Croatia I & II: Intensive Osteology and Excavation Experience
(Mississippi State Faculty-Led)This program begins with a 3-credit, intensive lab and lecture course that provides an overview of the methods used in biological anthropology for studying human remains as well as the techniques to develop biological profiles used in forensic casework.
Application deadline February 22, 2019

Danta is pleased to announce our 2019 field courses in tropical biology. Our courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

Field Projects International (formerly PrimatesPeru) is offering multiple opportunities for students to gain field experience and training at two field stations this winter. click on link above for details

Sociocultural Anthropology (Ethnography, Applied Anthro, Environmental Anthro)

The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology- Ethnography Field School
Students Choose to participate in one of three different kinds of ongoing ethnographic research projects
Tourism Ethnography, with focus on Sustainable Community & Heritage Tourism
Emergent Cultures: Sexualities, Sociality, Subjectivities
Health, Healing and Belief
Refer to website for application deadline.

UGA Costa Rica: Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica.  Students in this program take two courses. Communities, Conservation & Development on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast (ANTH/GEOG 4275/6275, 3 credits).  This course focuses on the political ecology of conservation and coastal development in local communities. The Anthropology of Surfing (ANTH 4285/6285, 3 credits).  This course introduces students to surfing as a globalizing cultural phenomenon from an ethnographic perspective and focuses on sustainable surf tourism.
Application Deadline January 18, 2019

Summer School in Ethnographic Methods in New York City-12th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, July 22 to August 1, 2019.  The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods.  
Registration here.

The ASCSA presents Summer Seminars for graduate and undergraduate students and secondary school and college teachers. The ASCSA Summer Session offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the ancient sites, monuments, and culture of Greece first-hand, under the guidance of expert professors deeply familiar with the country and up-to-date with the latest research. June 10 - July 24, 2019
ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE, JANUARY 15, 2019.

Kalu Yala: Study Abroad in Panama- We’re seeking students who are passionate about solving social and environmental issues through the discovery and application of scalable solutions and products. Since the Summer of 2010 we have had students from 28 countries, 46 states, and 188 universities produce more than 500 individual research reports and projects in sustainability, across a variety of sectors including agriculture, biology, business, design-thinking, media arts, and public health and wellness.

Archeological Anthropology 

Mortuary Archaeology
21st Slavia Field School, Summer 2019, Poland
Get immersed in excavating human skeletal remains!

IFR, Institute for Field Research: The Institute for Field Research is a leader in field-based, original research-driven programs around the world. We specialize in archaeology and are now expanding to PaleontologyArchitecture & Biomimicry. Our 2019 Program enrollments begin November 1, 2018

 Archaeology in Mongolia: This collaborative project between Western Kentucky University and the National Museum of Mongolia aims to investigate human-environment relationships and understand the nature of the social, political and economic organization of Bronze and Iron Age societies in the Zuunkhangai region of Mongolia through the use of landscape and settlement archaeology.

Application Deadline January 15, 2019

Kalu Yala: Study Abroad in Panama- We’re seeking students who are passionate about solving social and environmental issues through the discovery and application of scalable solutions and products. Since the Summer of 2010 we have had students from 28 countries, 46 states, and 188 universities produce more than 500 individual research reports and projects in sustainability, across a variety of sectors including agriculture, biology, business, design-thinking, media arts, and public health and wellness.

Shovel Bums website

Employment, Internships, and Scholarship Opportunities

National Trust for Historic Preservation summer internship, location Orange, VA

BCE2 Ethnographic Internship in the South Bend Community for Summer 2018: Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem (BCe2) is now seeking interns with a background in anthropological coursework and ethnographic research to work as ethnographers within an engineering team working in the community. Research the BCe2 team while focusing on local interaction and community engagement in South Bend's Southeast neighborhood and work with community partners and foster community engagement.

As a Purdue University anthropology student, if you are interested in this program, please also contact Prof. Susan Blum or Prof. Eric Haanstad to talk about joining the BCE2 project's ethnographic team.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 15, 2018

CLA Undergraduate Career Center Advancement

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

Cardno field work opportunities

Institute for Field Research 2017 Scholarships in seven categories. IFR recognizes that the cost of field schools may be a significant barrier for students wishing to explore field archaeology. We believe that exceptional students should be encouraged to pursue careers in archaeology and that scholarships must also recognize excellence. To that end, the IFR is proud to announce its 2017 scholarships.

Dr. Veile is seeking an undergraduate intern to assist with the generation of manuscripts from an ongoing maternal-child health project. Data come from a very rural indigenous Mexican farming village. The project focuses on the recent trend toward hospital births and rising cesarean birth rates in rural Mexico. In this phase, Dr. Veile and colleagues will examine the relationships between birthing practices and: child health outcomes, mother-child attachment, breastfeeding patterns, and women's reproductive decision-making. Click here for more information.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program's academic and internship requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend. Please follow the link above for more details.

HRAF at Yale University: The Human Relations Area Files at Yale University is pleased to announce a one-year internship in memory of HRAF's former President, Melvin Ember. The intent of the internship is to learn about cross-cultural research and methods through practical experience. 

HUGS 
The SAA Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS) helps increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in archaeology. It provides funding to minority archaeology students, helping them enhance their education and successfully prepare for a variety of careers in archaeology and heritage management. The scholarship is overseen by the Minority Scholarships Committee of the SAA.

National Trust for Historic Preservation career center page

PerserveNet jobs page:

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology Internship Program.

Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc. - Student Scholarship Site

Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Operation Wallacea
Potential field research opportunities for both students and faculty available through Operation Wallacea
Several International locations

USAID Internships in Africa and Washington D.C.

Internships in Anthropology

What to do after your Anthropology BA

Shovel Bums website

Society for American Archaeology 

Federal government agencies 
 

American Association of Museums 
 


 

 




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