Internship Program

The anthropology internship program is offered during the fall and spring semesters. It allows students to gain real-life experience working in an anthropological field of their interest while receiving academic credit.

Program Overview

Finding Your Internship

Students can find an internship several ways:

  • Below is a list of active internship sites and opportunities that anthropology students have pursued in the past.
  • You are welcome to find your own internship with an organization, an agency, or a business of your choice.
  • You can also visit the Center for Career Development’s website for additional internships ideas and opportunities.

Your anthropology advisor must approve your internship in order for you to receive course credit. Your internship can be paid or unpaid, and it can take place on or off campus.

Internship Agreement

Once you have found an internship, please work with your employer and advisor to develop a document outlining your responsibilities, training opportunities, forms of communication, and expectations on both sides. This document should be signed and dated by you, your employer, and your advisor before you begin the internship.

Earning Course Credit

Students must enroll in two courses. Permission numbers are required for both courses:

ANTH 3081. Internship in Anthropology

Sign up for between one and six credits of this class. This is the hourly component of the internship. Students must complete 42 hours of work at their internship for each credit. The number of credits is up to the student and their advisor and/or the department’s internship coordinator. Grading is done S/U.

Note: Students must specify the number of credits when they register for the class. Otherwise, it will default to one credit. Students can use up to six internship credits toward the anthropology major and up to 15 internship credits toward the undergraduate degree.

ANTH 3091. Internship in Anthropology: Directed Study

Sign up for one credit of this class. This covers the academic component of the internship program. This one-credit course is graded A-F, and requires that students write a 5- to 10-page paper analyzing their internship from an anthropological perspective. Faculty will provide instructions for this assignment at the start of the semester.

Summer Internships

If you are interested in doing an internship over the summer, we recommend that you sign up for the UNIV internship course offered through the Center for Career Development.

Internship Sites and Opportunities

Active Internship Sites

Below are examples of active internship opportunities through the Department of Anthropology and other campus programs.

  • Summer Research Experience in Environmental Health – This program will immerse students in an academic research setting and expose them to environmental health science. They will develop a working relationship with faculty mentors from the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. Faculty mentors are assigned based on interests expressed in the applicant’s personal statement.
  • Stable Isotope Preparation Lab – Learn how to sample and process various materials, including soils, feathers, bones, and teeth, for isotopic analysis. Projects include modern ecological, environmental, and physiological studies, as well as archaeological projects spanning from historical times to Middle Paleolithic periods. Contact: Gideon Hartman.
  • Experimental Anthropology Lab – Learn to use a variety of techniques to study human interaction in real-life settings, including physiological measures, cultural models, and behavioral analysis. Projects focus on things that people across the world find deeply meaningful, including rituals, sports, music, and group identity. Contact: Dimitris Xygalatas.

Examples of Past Internships

Below are lists of organizations where previous anthropology majors have interned, broken down by areas of interest.

  • Human rights: Lawyers without Borders, Hartford Community Court, Freedom House (Washington, DC), Witness (New York), UNESCO Student Ambassadors, Willimantic No Freeze Center, Uconn Law Asylum Clinic, International Rescue Committee.
  • Latino and Latin American Studies: Hispanic Health Council, Latinos/as Contra SIDA, Inc., Windham Public Schools, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, New England Farm Workers Council, ASPIRA of CT, Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission for the State of CT, Bulkeley High School, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  • Linguistics: Language Acquisition Research Center, Central Intelligence Agency, United Nations, Linguistic Society of America.
  • Urban and Community Studies: Urban Institute, D.C., American Red Cross, Green Corps, ConnPIRG, Connecticut State House and Senate, CT Dept. of Social Services, CT Judicial Dept., Hispanic Health Counsel, City of Hartford Planning Division, CT Dept. of Children and Families, City of Waterbury (various depts.), CT State Troopers.
  • Additional organizations: Smithsonian, Museum of Natural History, Hartford Public Schools, Yale University Human Relations Area Files, Institute for American Indian Studies, local hospitals, various state government offices, community-based and nongovernment organizations, and more.