Internships are opportunities for students to gain experience in the field in which they intend to work. Some internships offer college credit, some do not; some are part-time, while others are full-time; and some are paid, and some are unpaid. Anthropology internships are offered at museums, historic societies, community immigration support centers, local businesses, and local policing authorities. Competition is sometimes very high and placements are often very limited. Thus, if you are applying for an internship, please make sure to do your homework in order to increase your chances of success. 

In 2010, the Washington Post published an article by Vicki Elmer "Homework is key in the world of competitive internships" where she provides some very useful tips for students applying for internship positions.  It's well worth reading before you begin your applications. 

Here are some links to internship opportunities.  This list is updated sporadically, so feel free to contact the department if you you don't see what you are looking for here. 

Internships through WPU faculty:

Paterson Museum

VanRiper-Hopper House Museum

Civic Engagement Internship (2-semester commitment) [THIS IS A NEW OPPORTUNITY!]

Internships - Links to outside sources:

American Anthropological Association Climate Change Internship Program

American Anthropological Association Summer Internship Program

American Museum of Natural History Internship Program


National Parks Service

Mount Vernon