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Anthropology Internships

Wed, Mar 3, 2010

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Anthropology is the only field in science that attempts to study all aspects of human condition. It combines language, religion, art, social customs, economics, and biological characteristics to answer the questions that people have been asking for thousands of years. Who are we? Where did we come from? What does it mean to be human?

What are Anthropology Internships?

An anthropological internship is the best way to both apply your knowledge and engage in “hands-on” experiences in the field. Most anthropology majors pursue a PhD, but if teaching is not the field that you’re interested in there are numerous alternatives. People often assume that anthropology degrees don’t lead to many options, but unlike most careers, you aren’t going to find your dream job listed as “anthropologist.” Instead, anthropology degrees provide you with the wide array of knowledge and philosophies to go into education, social work, health protection, ecology, and many other fields.

Where to Find Anthropology Internships

Museums are some of the best places to look for anthropology internships. Both The American Museum of Natural History, located in New York City, and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History , located in Washington, D.C., have various types of internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Also located in Washington, D.C. are the International Monetary Fund and the Council of Hemispheric Affairs which offer various positions. Amnesty International, an international non-profit human rights organization, also provides internships in several main cities such as New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Chicago.

Resources for Finding Anthropology Internships

Another good option for finding internships is anthropological organizations. The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology is a useful resource that provides internships in various disciplines of anthropology. It offers news, references, and even scholarship opportunities for students pursing the field. The American Anthropological Association is another valuable source that provides links to many organizations looking for interns. According to careerbuilder.com, anthropology ranks among the top 20 jobs with the highest salary growth. With anthropology opportunities increasing, finding an anthropology internship seems like a valuable way to enter this growing field.

By Alexandria Bachert. Alex can be reached at bachert2@tcnj.edu.

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  1. Christina Beckley Says:

    Interested in anthropology internships in Chicago area

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