The Anthropology Internship Program offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in anthropology, museums or related fields. Anthropology interns work on projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of the curatorial staff in the museum or in the field.

The department’s collections and research are focused on North American, Mexican/Central American and South American archaeology and ethnology; Asian, African and Pacific ethnology; and Biological Anthropology. In addition, internships are awarded in collections management, archives and conservation. Applicants should be enrolled in or have recently graduated from an academic institution. Acceptance to the internship program is competitive. The number of interns accepted in any given session varies and is based on staff projects.

Applicants must specify the type of internship they are seeking: paid, academic credit or unpaid. For paid internships, monthly stipends will be awarded for up to two session’s worth of work upon review by the intern’s supervisor. Academic credit internships are also limited to two terms of work. Interns may serve no more than two sessions total. If you are applying for credit, you must attach a copy of your transcript.

In all cases, please attach a resume and include the name of an academic advisor or professor who can be contacted to provide a reference. In order to maximize your learning experience at the museum, applicants need to write a brief summary (one page or less) specifying your area of interest within anthropology and how an internship will help you achieve your educational goals.

Biological Anthropology requirements: Biological Anthropology interns must possess knowledge of human osteology, preferably in the form of, at least one, college-level human osteology/skeletal biology course. In your application, please indicate your appropriate prior experience. The Biological Anthropology department can currently offer unpaid and for academic credit internships.

Internship application deadlines:
• summer session (June to September), submit February 1 – April 1
• session (September to December), submit June 27 – August 27
• spring session (February-May), submit October 1 – December 1

For academic credit and unpaid internships, please fill out the application in MSWord or PDF formats and e-mail it to anita@amnh.org

For paid internships, please apply through the museum employment application system

For North American Archaeology internship, please refer to this document

Please do not drop off applications at the Museum.

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