Anthropology General Links*

The section of the AAA’s website offers a number of links and databases relevant to applied anthropology. The link to offers numerous international ethnographic internships.

A unit of the American Anthropological Association NAPA provides a Mentor program for student anthropologists seeking practical advice on their next career steps. The “Students page” (tab at the top of the site’s homepage) has links to both internship and field study opportunities.

SfAA “promotes the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world” The SfAA website’s “Student” section includes a Student Web Forum with information on internships and field study schools, resources available to attend conferences, grants and fellowships, and ongoing discussions of issues in applied anthropology.

National Organizations and Websites

A comprehensive website, listing internship opportunities at 13 different museums, 8 research centers, and 9 outreach programs, all associated with the Smithsonian Institution.

The Washington, DC-based arm of the Smithsonian Institution offers year-round internships in cultural anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, museum studies and arts administration. Internships are oriented towards the annual Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

HUD, a federal agency, offers a variety of programs tailored to professional development, some for college credit and tailored to your academic interests.

The SCA offers paid internships at national parks throughout the country, many involving cultural interpretation. Pay includes travel to and from site, room, and a modest weekly stipend. At the end of your commitment you are eligible for Americorps grants applicable to student loans.

Internships in administration, outreach, research in Olympia, WA, requires modest application fee.


The SAA represents archaeologists working in the public and private sectors as well as those teaching in the academy. While it does not internships specifically, the site does contain valuable information for working archaeologists.

American Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin online, searchable by areas and type of fieldwork.

Biological Anthropology

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Board of Forensic Anthropology American Academy of Forensic Sciences

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

This program is a nicely paid opportunity to work at the Smithsonian for a summer. Students interested in Human origins can work with Rick Potts. Competition is very keen. Some students have gone to Kenya under this program.

There are a variety of internships and fellowships listed here for ecological research in Panama. Some student have used these opportunities to study primates.

The AMNH has an Anthropology Internship program in many fields of Anthropology, including Human Biology. Students can with with Ian Tattersall.

Medical Anthropology

Subsection of the American Anthropology Association - website includes a link to the journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly as well as academic resources and blogs.

Field Schools and Fieldwork — Archaeology

This site includes a listserve on archaeology issues, as well as sources of job, field study, and volunteer possibilities.

A listing of major sites and ongoing projects

This site has specific digs plus links to databases for further searches.

Volunteers work in national forest, assisting historians and archaeologists. No fee to participate.

The SCA offers paid internships at national parks throughout the country, many involving archeological work. Pay includes travel to and from site, room, and a modest weekly stipend. At the end of your commitment you are eligible for Americorps grants applicable to student loans.

Non-profit institution specializing in Southwestern archaeological research and education. Programs for adults, teens, educators, families, and school groups offer participants to learn about archaeological field methods, laboratory techniques, and excavation. Crow Canyon offers domestic and international travel opportunities.

This non-profit organization offers students to pay to assist scientists on research projects, throughout the world. While primarily ecological in orientation, some projects involve cultural anthropological methods and theories.

Offers opportunities in Spain, Sweden, Canada, England and Armenia with archaeologists in the field, museums, and heritage projects.

Lists world-wide archaeological field work opportunities and schools, providing web pages to sites and projects, organized by geographic region and discipline. (i.e. underwater archaeology).

Environmental Anthropology

A section of the American Anthropological Association.

Part of the website of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

A center at Indiana University.

Dental Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

This site is a collection of resources put together by Advanced Dental Care that are related to dental anthropology and bioarchaeology (thank you Sarah Cooper at Compton Community Center for the suggestion!).

*Resources taken from various sources including: UCSC, TAMU, UNT as well as input from faculty.