MA Applied Anthropology Internship

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An exciting part of the MA program is completing applied anthropological fieldwork (internship). 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. If internship hours and assignments are not completed during the semester 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 Humboldt 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 Graduate Coordinator prior to making contact to inquire of protocols are already in place for arranging internships.

Step 2: Gain Humboldt Approval of Internship Location

Internships for course credit must follow the Humboldt Policy on Academic Internship and policies set forth by the Humboldt Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL). Once you have secured an internship (that is approved by your advisor), email your advisor and the Anthropology Graduate Coordinator with this information: 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. Faculty will contact the CCBL to confirm if a "Learning Site Agreement (LSA)" is in place with the agency - if it is not, faculty will fill Faculty Request for a New Learning Site Agreement (LSA). The agency will then be contacted to set up a Learning Site Agreement - please let them know to expect this paperwork. 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 on HS4U

Before counting internships for hours for course credit, students must complete forms on the HS4U website, including your "learning plan" and a release of liability. In order to complete these forms you will need to be able to select your internship location as a "site" - an LSA will need to be in place to do this (see previous step).

You may need the following information for parts of the HS4U paperwork:

  • Course title: ANTH 682 Internship / Field Placement 
  • Faculty: Name of Anthropology Graduate Coordinator  
  • 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 
  • Specific Learning Outcomes (check YES)
  • Method of supervision & evaluation: Progress reports on time logs, journal assignments, and agency supervisor evaluation.
  • Number of units: 3
  • Safety info (YES - after your supervisor gives/shows you appropriate info)
  • Health insurance info (YES/NO - depending on what is applicable to your 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:

  • Humboldt 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 Graduate Coordinator and your academic advisor (cc both in same email).

Please submit time logs and journal entries by the ANTH Graduate Coordinator and your advisor (via the same email) by the end of each semester in which they were earned/applicable. When all internship hours and assignments are completed, please email one zipped file with all documents applicable to your internship(s) even if submitted previously. Please follow up to confirm these items were received, and periodically until a final grade is assigned.

Please contact the ANTH Graduate Coordinator 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

Gordon Ulmer, Ph.D.
Anthropology Graduate Coordinator

Marissa Ramsier, Ph.D.
Anthropology Department Program Leader

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 707.826.6250

Humboldt Graduate Studies
Phone: 707.826.3949