Internships and Study Abroad

With special permission, and with consultation with faculty, anthropology majors with archaeological experience are able to participate in an internship program in museology at the New York State Museum in Albany. This program provides participants with increased training in archaeological curational techniques, and with experience in selected aspects of museum management.

We encourage students to study abroad, particularly in non-Western societies, and we provide them with academic credit toward the major for relevant courses that they take in these study abroad programs. In the recent past, students in our degree programs have participated in overseas programs in China, Viet Nam, Spain and Tanzania.

The following is a list of internships that have been available and that some of our majors have participated in. The list is intended to serve informational purposes only, and while you are encouraged to explore the following websites for information, you should talk to your advisor or other Anthropology faculty before approaching or applying for these positions.

New York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society offers internships for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as recent graduates each fall, spring and summer. Internships are available in the following areas: Collections, Communications/Public Relations, Conservation, Development, Education, Graphic Design, Library, Operations, Public Programs, Special Events, Visitor Services.

Albany Institute of History & Art
The AIHA Library has numerous opportunities for volunteers and interns to assist with projects including accessioning collections, archives and manuscript processing, developing bibliographies and book processing.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums.

American Museum of Natural History
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.

Two internship opportunities are offered: North American Archaeology internship and Biological Anthropology internship.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, hosts a world-class research staff and unparalleled scientific research collections. Natural History Research Experience (NHRE) summer internships pair undergraduates with members of the Natural History research and collections staff, providing a hands-on introduction to scientific research. Here is an opportunity for students to engage in an original research project with a scientific mentor from one or more of the scholarly disciplines at the National Museum of Natural History: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mineral Science, Paleobiology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Museum Education. Additional activities include behind-the-scenes tours and lectures at the museum.

Historic Huguenot Street
The Historic Huguenot Street Museum in New Paltz generally offers internships during both the school year and summer. They also offer scholarships.

New York State Museum
We have placed a number of students over the years in the Archaeology department at the New York State Museum, but there a number of other internship opportunities besides anthropology, including history, biology, and geology collections as well as active exhibit, visitor service and education programs.

City Year
City year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.

American Anthropological Association

NHHC Internship
The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), the official history program of the Department of the Navy, is located at Washington’s historical Navy Yard. The office serves four main functions: Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation and Policy Development;Archaeological & Historical Research; Artifact Conservation & Curation, Education; and Public Relations & Information Dissemination 

National Museum of African Art Internship
The National Museum of African Art has the largest publicly held collection of contemporary African art in the United States. This collection includes more than 9,000 objects representing nearly every country in Africa dating from ancient to contemporary times, and includes textiles, photography, sculpture, pottery, paintings, jewelry and video art. 

This website maintained by Professor Donna Budani provides links to a number of internship positions.