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.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. A part of our mission includes encouraging public interest and participation in historic preservation and providing training and education in this field. We want to share job and internship information with you with the links below.

The ACHP is aware that there are shortages of skilled candidates entering the fields of historic preservation and cultural resources management (CRM), particularly where needed to support the national historic preservation program. Historic preservation and CRM are diverse fields with many career opportunities with federal, state, tribal, private, and local job opportunities. For those who are looking for ways to put their education and experience in archaeology; anthropology; architecture; history; urban, city, and regional planning; conservation; traditional trades; or other fields to good use, the ACHP urges them to consider a career in the federal historic preservation program.

Job listings for archaeologists, historians, cultural resource management professionals.

Conservation Legacy
Offers local conservation service programs and job opportunities under the leadership of a national organization.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Jobs/internships in preservation and related fields.

Job opportunities for anyone interested in the field of historic preservation and related areas of study.

National Park Service
NPS jobs, internships, and other opportunities.

USA Jobs
Jobs in the federal government for archaeologists, anthropologists, and other cultural resource management fields.

Society for American Archaeologists
Job listings for archaeologists, historians, cultural resource management professionals, as well as continuing education opportunities.

South Eastern Archaeological Conference
Founded in response to the tremendous increase in federally-funded archaeological work in the Southeast during the 1930s.

General job openings in Cultural Resource Management.

A national network of professional firms and service partners representing the cultural resource management (CRM) industry and associated fields of study.

Register of Professional Archaeologists
Register of Professional Archaeologists is a community of professional archaeologists.

Association for Preservation Technology International
A multi-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for protecting historic structures and their setting.

Society of Architectural Historians
The Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that serves an international network of institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life.

Preservation Directory
An online resource for historic preservation, building restoration, and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada.

National Organization of Minority Architects
A strong national organization, strong chapters and strong members for the purpose of minimizing the effect of racism in our profession.

National Council on Public History
Jobs listing is a free service the organization provides to the public history profession.

Society of Black Archaeologists
(SBA) centers the histories and material cultures of global Black and African communities in archaeological research.

A wide range of job opportunities in cultural resource management.

Simply Hired
A wide range of job opportunities in cultural resource management.

The American Association for State and Local History
A national membership association dedicated to helping the history community thrive.

American Historical Association
AHA promotes historical work and the importance of historical thinking in public life.

Advisory Council  on Historic Preservation
Federal agency whose sole mission is historic preservation.

National Association of Conservation Districts
NACD is a nonprofit organization that represents America's 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing

Conservation Job Board
A large career website in conservation, ecology, forestry, wildlife, and fisheries and preservation trades training.

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.