Internships in Development Anthropology

Having an internship in development anthropology requires registration for Anth 6330. To gain three credits for this course, the student should first locate a useful internship. It should involve some serious work related to an area of "development" (loosely defined) in which you are interested.

You should work around 8-10 hours per week for about 14 weeks, or a total of between 110-140 hours.

Final product: a 10-12 page report (double-spaced) describing the organization, your position and contributions, and what you learned from the work, etc. It's a good idea to keep a "field" journal, recording daily events of note. To your final report, you can attach things like meeting notes, newsletters you may have edited, etc.

The two most important parts of this "course" are: (1) the work experience itself; (2) your reflections on what you did and learned and how it relates to anthropology and your professional goals.

The grade of I (Incomplete) is not given for internships. If the work schedule does not permit completion of an internship within one semester, the student should request an IPG (In Progress). Once the student has completed the work and received a grade, the IPG disappears from the record.

Be sure to confer with Prof. Stephen Lubkemann before arranging for an internship.

Tips on Finding a Development Internship

  • Scan job openings at area universities. They are likely to offer tuition credits after you have worked a stipulated period.

  • Get on/stay on the Anthropology Department listserv, since opportunities pop up on it from time to time. To get on the listserv, send an e-mail to [email protected].

  • Check out opportunities listed by the GW Career Center.

  • Join groups (real or virtual) related to your career interests.

  • Attend events related to your interests and network.

  • Make yourself some business cards with your name, degree information, current status (as, for example, M.A. candidate in Anthropology and International Development, etc), and your contact information. Hand it to people you meet at events, even on the Metro (if you happen to strike up a conversation with a person who has a job of interest).

  • Seek good advice about your resume and how to present yourself in an application letter (you can probably learn a lot by visiting various Internet sites).

  • Publish a revised class paper, or present a paper at a conference. These activities increase your networks and demonstrate a commitment to professionalism.

  • In general: keep alert to possibilities, create and maintain networks, and build your credentials!

Sources for Internships

For a list of organizations offering internships, including institutions with which GW has cooperative agreements, visit Internship Opportunities for Anthropology Students.