MA Applied Anthropology Internship

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An exciting part of the MA program is completing the 180 hours of applied anthropological fieldwork (internship). Students are typically enrolled in Anth 682 during the first Spring in the MA program, during which time they are expected to make progress in identifying internship location(s) and beginning internship hours. Students may receive credit for hours completed prior to enrollment in Anth 682 as long as those hours took place while enrolled in the MA program (i.e. after the start of the MA Summer Institute). If internship hours and assignments are not completed during the semester first enrolled in 682, a grade of RP (in progress) will be given. The internship and course must be completed prior to completing the MA program.

Please see the Anth 682 Syllabus and content below for further information.

Step 1: Identify Internship & Gain Advisor Approval

The first step in the internship process is to locate and secure an internship (i.e., apply to the agency) and gain advisor approval. The internship may take place at one or more advisor-approved locations that provide training relevant to the thesis or career path. With advisor approval, field schools may be used to fulfill all or part of the internship hours; however, students cannot dual-count internship hours and outside-elective units for field schools unless there are more hours than the units cover. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and can be related to new or present employment as long as new learning/training activities comprise the required hours and there is a supervisor for the internship hours. Students are encouraged to think outside the box, and consider all organizations, not just those that advertise "internships."

There are many local organizations with which the HSU Anthropology Department already has established relationships. When applying to work with local organizations, it is prudent to confer with both your advisor and the anthropology internship coordinator prior to making contact to inquire of protocols are already in place for arranging internships.

Step 2: Gain HSU Approval of Internship Location

Internships for course credit must follow the HSU Policy on Academic Internship and policies set forth by the HSU Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL). Once you have secured an internship (that is approved by your advisor), email the MA Anthropology internship supervisor the agency name, physical address, web address, and the name, title, phone number, and email of the individual that will be your supervisor at the agency – the agency will then be contacted to set up a Learning Site Agreement (LSA) with HSU if one is not already in place (please let them know to expect this paperwork). As part of the agreement, the agency must complete a “Learning Site Self-Assessment Form” and meet safety and insurance regulation. This process can typically be completed within two working weeks if all parties are available, but in some cases can take several weeks or more to complete – students are encouraged to start early and plan accordingly. A separate LSA is needed for each internship location.

Step 3: Complete Pre-Internship Paperwork

In addition to the LSA, the following three forms must be completed prior to counting any internship activities towards the hours requirement hours: HSU Student Learning Plan (Graduate), HSU Participation Guidelines, HSU Release of Liablity -any activities conducted prior to paperwork being completed will be independent from HSU. 

These forms can be found and completed on HSU's Service Learning and Academic Internship site.* Login to the site with your HSU username and password. Separate forms are needed for each internship location. *For those first enrolled in your internship units prior to the Spring 2018 semester, please contact the internship coordinator directly for your pre-internship forms (

Complete and upload the forms to the HSU Service Learning and Academic Internship site prior to engaging in internship activity for course credit.

Please sign forms in ink or with an official electronic signature, rather than a typed name.

The following information should be completed on the Student Learning Plan:

Section I, II, IV: Fill out with information on your internship

Section III:
Course title: Anth 682 Anth Internship
Faculty: Name of MA Internship Coordinator indicated at the bottom of this page.
Planned term (total hours) and start/end date: Put your best estimate
Scheduled days/hours: If you know, put them. Otherwise just put "varies"
Yes for syllabus (find it on the website)

Section IV: You should fill out the first part, then for the part that says "To be filled out by faculty..." put:

  • Specific Learning Outcomes (check YES)
  • Method of supervision & evaluation: Progress reports on time logs, journal assignments, and agency supervisor evaluation.
  • Number of units: 3

Section V:

  • LSA in place (YES)
  • Safety info (YES - after your supervisor gives/shows you appropriate info)
  • Health insurance info (YES/NO - depending on what is applicable to your internship)
  • Signed participation guidelines (YES - and sign them)

Section VI: You fill out

Section VII: Your internship supervisor checks

Signatures: You sign, internship supervisor signs, then scan and send to the internship coordinator to approve electronically.

For the HSU Release of Liability form, please note, if specific internship start and end dates are unknown, enter an estimated date range that includes all possible dates you could be participating in the internship.

Step 4: Assignments to Complete during Internship

During the internship, the following need to be completed to earn credit for Anth 682 – all must be completed prior to graduation:


  • HSU Anth Student Time Log. Please use a different time log for each internship. Use a separate log for each month, unless there are very few days in a given month, in which case up to one semester can be combined.
  • Journal Assignment. Please complete five journal entries for your internship(s) according to the provided instructions – be sure to inform your agency supervisor(s) that you will be doing so. Complete the five entries as you complete your hours, spaced relatively evenly to represent different phases and/or aspects of your internship.
  • Evaluation of Student (by agency supervisor). Complete at the conclusion of each internship. Once completed, submit via email to the Anth 682 instructor and your academic advisor (cc both in same email).

Please submit time logs and journal entries by the Anth 682 instructor (via email) by the end of each semester in which they were earned/applicable. When all internship hours and assignments are completed, please email the Anth 682 one zipped file with all documents applicable to your internship(s) – this should include copies of each of the following, even if submitted previously: Student Learning Plans, Time Logs, Journal Assignments, and Evaluation of the Student. Please follow up to confirm these items were received, and periodically until a final grade is assigned.

Please contact the Anth 682 course instructor at any time with questions. The course instructor may also contact your agency supervisor periodically with any questions or concerns about your internship – the agency supervisor may also contact the instructor.

Contact Us

Mary Scoggin
Anthropology Department Chair & Graduate Coordinator
Email: ms34 (at) 

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 707.826.6250
Email: apply (at)

HSU Graduate Studies
Phone: 707.826.3949
Email: tef21 (at)