Anthropology majors are strongly encouraged to pursue internship during their studies. Students may choose to receive academic credit for the internship, through the ANTH 495 course.

The Smithsonian Conservation Program at Mason is a perfect complement to the undergraduate and graduate degree in Anthropology, whether focusing on the socio-behavioral components of conservation or its biological ones. Anthropology MA and BA students can complete coursework and gain real-world conservation experience through their participation in the program. To learn more about the program please visit:

What are the benefits of an internship?

  • Develop professional skills for a highly competitive job market.
  • Broaden your professional network.
  • Explore different occupations or industries to find the best fit for your career goals.
  • Integrate classroom learning with real world experience.

What are the eligibility requirements for internship?

To be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship (ANTH 495), students must have completed 60 credits and ANTH 114, Intro to Cultural Anthropology. Official approval of credit for ANTH 495 is decided by the ANTH Undergraduate Director.

How do I enroll in the internship course?

  • Search for, apply to, and interview for internships.
    • Utilize University Career Services for help preparing your resume and cover letter and HireMason to search for internships.
    • Talk with the ANTH academic advisor and Undergraduate Director about possible areas of interest and opportunities.
    • Review the list below for a snapshot of organizations with volunteer and internship opportunities. 
  • Consult with the ANTH academic advisor about whether the internship will qualify for course credit. The advisor will need to know the organization, job description, and your statement of how the internship applies to the major.
  • Upon approval to receive credit for the internship, complete the Anthropology Internship Application to initiate the registration process. Submit the application to your academic advisor.
    • Please note that the form must be submitted by the regular course add deadline for the semester in which you are requesting to take the internship course.
    • Also note that ANTH 495 is a course and tuition will be charged accordingly.

Potential Internship Sites