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Why an Internship?  Internships connect students to other cultural worlds: the worlds of organizations and their goal, their client populations, and their problems.  Internships provide a field site for research and they provide a hands-on setting in which students can hone their research, analysis, and presentation skills.  Students have to negotiate with agencies to find an appropriate role--one that meets some need of the hosting organization or community while furthering their educational goals. Ideally, the internship becomes a site for research.  

Before the internship, students must complete an Internship Application for the Department's graduate advisor to review and sign.

Interns and their hosts must agree in writing on what the intern will do. That agreement becomes part of the student's academic files and is submitted to the student's mentor.

Click here for the pdf version of the Internship Requirements and Application Form.

Click here for the pdf version of the Internship Agreement.  

(You will need Adobe Acrobat to read and print these files.)


Preparation and Team Analysis.  Students learn from one another about the progress and problems faced during the internship.  This happens before and after the internship takes place (and, sometimes, during the internship if it extends into the fall).  During the Practicing Anthropology course, taken in the spring, students arrange their internships.  Selecting internships becomes a team activity in which students discuss the potential opportunities and challenges faced in different internship venues.  After their summer internship, interns all enroll in ANTH 675--in which the internship is discussed, data from research conducted during the summer is analyzed, and preliminary plans for theses are discussed.

Some Internship Sites.  Potential internship sites are almost unlimited. Some students have conducted (or are planning to conduct) their internships outside the United States.  Most choose sites in Southern California, where students find wide opportunities to participate in innovative government, educational, community, and business programs.  Long Beach alone, with its cultural and economic diversity, is an important source of internship opportunities. Throughout the region, Hospitals and clinics allow students to have hands-on experience in cross cultural health care issues. Schools and school/community programs link our students with under-served populations.  Regional governments offer opportunities in a range of public policy arenas.  And businesses in Southern California face organizational and international challenges that offer internship opportunities as well.

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