Why should I look for an internship? And where do I start?
Why internships are important for Anthropology majors:
Few entry-level occupations will include "anthropologist" in their title. That said, the anthropological perspective is excellent preparation for a wide range of occupations due to a growing need for analysts and researchers with sharp thinking skills who can manage, evaluate, and interpret the large volume of data on human behavior. The extent of occupational flexibility reflects the emphasis on breadth, diversity, and independence of thought. What we know about the future marketplace indicates a need for the type of global, holistic knowledge that an anthropological perspective brings.
However, the advantages of being an Anthropology major are only as good as you can translate them for a potential employer in terms of concrete skills acquired through actual work experiences. This is why an internship is a valuable way to start developing these skills and experiences.
Find existing internships by using these campus resources:
- Washington Program
- UC Center Sacramento
- UCD Multicultural Immersion Internship Program
- Internship and Career Center
- Undergraduate Research Center
Other internship resources from the American Anthropological Association:
Getting academic credit for your internship
ANT majors have many opportunities to do one or more internships during their time at UCD. Depending on the type of internship, students who have completed 84 total UCD units may be eligible to receive upper division units under ANT 192 credit. This involves the student finding a faculty member who will sponsor them for their internship. For more information, talk with Kelli or Pam in the Advising Office (check in at 1282 SS&H).
Sectors/Fields/Industries where you can find internships as an Anthropology major (to name a few):
- Cultural resources management
- International development
- Social Policy
- Human Rights
- Environmental Conservation
- Museum Curation
- International NGOs
- Social Services