OPPORTUNITIES IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Compiled by Professor Donna Budani
Internships are a great way to put
into practice what you have LEARNED, AND TO TEST THE WATERS FOR A FUTURE
CAREER. Below are a few resources I have found on the Internet as a starting point, but you
should search opportunities on your own as well. May of the listings below do not include web addresses, but these can be found through searching the Internet.
Many of the intern sponsor programs
listed are located either in New York City, Washington, DC and its
suburbs. While some internships may come with a stipend, many do not.
For information about applying for an internship, contact the organization.
If you need further assistance, I would be most happy to help.
Read some of my recommendations before starting your internship search. Please contact me for more information or to discuss internship possibilities. --Professor Budani
Cultural Survival, Inc.
( a non-profit indigenous rights group) offers a number of exciting internship
opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad.
in archaeological and environmental internships, with an occasional cultural
The National Park Service
also has an active internship program with an emphasis on archaeology.
Dr. Budani for additional career information from the National Park Service.
Safe Energy Communication Council, Washington,
D. C. A three month minimum commitment is requested (10 weeks in summer);
Compensation: Stipend for a minimum of 20 hours. Application send resume,
references, writing sample and cover letter expressing your interest and
availability to Safe Energy Communication Council, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue,
NW, Suite 106; Washington, D. C. 20036 or fax.
Congressional Internships. These
must be arranged through the congressional representation in the district
where you live. Write to the representatives district office for information
on how to apply. Apply as soon as possible. Internships generally involve
constituency work. These internships look great on resumes and graduate
school applications. There are plenty to go around and you can try actually
applying to representatives in surrounding districts. Their constituents
have a priority, but if there is an opening, you can get it. A word of
advice: sell your anthropological skills and training. Most of these internships
are awarded to political science majors because anthropology students never
think to apply.
The Africa Fund and the American
Committee on Africa.
Write to Research Director, 198 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 10038. Interns
are for the most part volunteers, and work with both organizations, assuming
responsibility for regular office functions, as well as taking on individual
projects related to their specific interests.
Amnesty International. www.amnestyusa.org/activism/internships.do Intern information is featured at the web site. Interns frequently
coordinate various programs for the organization, as well as initiating
projects. A Human Rights Fellowship Program is also available.
CARE www.care.org 660 First Avenue, New York,
N. Y. 10016. (212)686-3110. CARE’s purpose is to help the developing world’s
poor in their efforts to achieve social and economic well being. The organization
accepts volunteers to work in its domestic field offices.
Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
www.cccturtle.org/aboutccc.php CCC offers about
6 2 month research assistantship from July 1 through September 15. Research
assistants help CCC scientists tag nesting turtles and perform beach surveys,
Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF).
Address correspondence to Intern Coordinator, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Silver
Springs, MD 20910. (301)587-5700. Fax (301)587-2626. CHF was established
in 1952. Its early work was primarily in the U.S., but since 1962 it has
provided housing related assistance to 80 developing countries. This organization
employs interns in its Silver Spring, Maryland office. Internships vary
in duration and can be arranged for areas such as computer work, library
work, research, fund raising and audio-visual.
Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
Contact Secretary of Internships, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, 724 9th
Street, NW, Washington, D. C. 20009. (202) 393-3322. Fax (202)393-3423.
The main focus of the council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) is to promote
interests of the hemisphere. It monitors and encourages constructive U.S.
policies toward Latin America and promotes good relations between Canada
and Latin America. Interns are involved in all aspects of COHA’s work.
Grassroots International. Contact
Intern Director, Grassroots International, PO Box 312, Cambridge, MA 02139.
(617)497-9180. Interns assist in project administration and information
processing for overseas programs in the Middle East, Africa and Philippines.
International Finance Corporation.
Contact Summer Employment Program, International Finance Corporation 1818
H Street N. W., Room I-2001. Washington, D. C. 20433. IFC accepts interns
for summer employment in its Washington headquarters.
International Monetary Fund. Contact
Summer Internship Program, International Monetary Fund, Recruitment Division,
Room 6-525 700 19th Street, NW, Washington, D. C. 20431. Interns
work at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. For 10 to 13 weeks during the
summer. Work is usually on a research project under the supervision of
senior staff member.
The Middle East Institute. Contact
Internship Coordinator, 1761 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. (202)
785-1141. The Middle East Institute is a non-profit organization that works
to improve the public’s knowledge and understanding of the Middle East
through lectures, courses, conferences and publications.
Organization of American States. Contact
OAS Internship Coordinator, 1889 F Street NW, Seventh Floor, Washington,
DC 20006. (202)458-3519. Students work with professional staff of OAS and
do a variety of jobs, including research, writing, designing projects,
Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Contact: Intern Program Coordinator 1615 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20527.
(202)457-7094 OPIC uses interns in such departments as finance, insurance,
corporate communications, development, and general counsel.
Overseas Schools Assistance Corporation.
ISIP 445 R West Center Street, PO Box 103 West Bridgewater, MA 02379. (508)588-0477.
The Overseas Schools Assistance Corporation manages the International Internship
Program for recent college graduates who want an opportunity to serve as
teaching interns in overseas international schools.
US-Asia Institute. Contact: Executive
Director 232 East Capital Street, NE, Washington, DC 20003. (202)544-3181.
The US-Asia Institute was founded to promote understanding between the
US and Asia through research, symposiums, coordinating exchanges, and through
focusing on areas that are important to US-Asia relations.
US Chamber of Commerce. Contact
Personnel Department, US Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, NW, Washington,
DC. 20062. (202)463-5732. In its international programs, the chamber tries
to respond to the critical need for global economic and business interdependence
for US enterprise. There are two internship programs, one concentrating
on the Washington Office of the Chamber of Commerce and the other dealing
with the Center for International Private Enterprise, Latin American Programs.