Coordinator for Research, Internships, and Study Abroad (CRISA)
Professor Pilar Rau
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Undergraduate Program Director
Professor Rob Scott
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Internships add great value to the undergraduate experience and resume, either as extracurricular activities or for credit. A student may apply to have a supervised internship credited towards his or her major or minor, before he starts the internship. This requires lining up an anthropology-related internship and registering for 01:070:386 Internship in Anthropology (3 credits). 

• Work with the faculty Coordinator for Research, Internships, and Study Abroad (CRISA) to find an internship opportunity
• Discuss the scope and timing of the internship with your proposed outside supervisor and with the faculty CRISA. The CRISA will be instructor of record.
• Provide the CRISA with your agreement and plan for the internship made with your outside supervisor.
• Obtain the consent and signatures of the CRISA and UPD on this form.
• Give this signed form to the Undergraduate Program Assistant and request a special permission number to register for 070:386


See pdf Internship in Anthropology form (95 KB)


Internships - Some Possible Sources Listed below

New Jersey and New York
National Organizations
International Organizations
Job and Internship Boards
Funded Research Opportunities


Internship opportunities may be found by working with the faculty CRISA, through, linkedin, or other employment search engines, by googling internships in your area of interest, or by approaching companies, museums, or individuals that are connected with your area of interest.  See below for a few possible sources. Opportunities change rapidly.  To get credit toward your major or minor, your internship must be relevant to the field.

To access more job, internship, job fair listings, etc. see Rutgers Career Center


Institute for Women’s Leadership

  • · research, social media and public relations
  • · Fall/spring/summer
  • · credit

Community Leadership, Action and Service Program (CLASP)

  • · Summer
  • · Stipend/course credit
  • · CLASP internship sites are community-based organizations that vary each year, all organizations work in some capacity to address inequalities and related social issues.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • · Undergraduate, Recent Graduate, and Graduate Students
  • · Paid/Unpaid
  • · Semester, Summer, and Long Term
  • · New York
    The Met has over forty department areas that host interns from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.

ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union

  • · 10 weeks
  • · $35/hour
  • · New York/Washington, DC.

The Penn Museum

  • · Summer
  • · Stipend

The Newark Museum

  • · Summer/Fall/Spring
  • · Stipend

National Museum of the American Indian

  • · Undergraduate, Recent Graduate, and Graduate Students
  • · Paid and Unpaid
  • · 6-10 weeks. 6-month pre-conservation
  • · Cultural Interpreter, Film and Video, Visitor Services
  • · New York / Washington, D.C. / Maryland

Smithsonian Virtual Internships

National Museum of the Native American

Amnesty International USA

  • · New York/various states

Rutgers Geology Museum - New Brunswick

  • • unpaid

New Jersey State Museum

  • • unpaid

The Rubin Museum

  • · unpaid, but lots of good perks
  • · Summer/Spring/Fall/Academic Year

National Organizations

Jobs and Internships with the Federal Government

  • · Various locations

American Anthropological Association

  • · Housing/meal stipend

Smithsonian Institution

  • · See various programs about stipend, duration, location, etc.
  • · Internship opportunities at 13 different museums, 8 research centers, and 9 outreach programs

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The Washington, DC-based arm of the Smithsonian Institution offers year-round internships in cultural anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, museum studies and arts administration. Internships are oriented towards the annual Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

Margaret Mead Film Festival (apply before Fall)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD, a federal agency, offers a variety of programs tailored to professional development, some for college credit and tailored to your academic interests.

The Student Conservation Association
The SCA offers paid internships at national parks throughout the country, many involving cultural interpretation. Pay includes travel to and from site, room, and a modest weekly stipend. At the end of your commitment you are eligible for Americorps grants applicable to student loans.

National Park Service Historic Preservation Program

  • · Various programs/ locations – may include local
  • · Stipend

U.S. Department of State

  • · Paid/unpaid
  • · Undergrad/grad
  • · Various locations;
  • · Several programs

International Organizations

Rutgers Distinguished Fellowships

Check data base and meet with officer to seek fellowships/funding for international internships, study abroad, etc.

The United Nations

  • · Seniors, Recent Graduate, and Graduate Students
  • · Paid and Unpaid
  • · New York and global
  • · Various organizations - Development Program UNDP, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issus UNPFII, Children’s Fund UNICEF, Refugee Program UNHCR, Environment Program UNEP, etc.

Washington Office on Latin America (WoLA)

  • · Fall, Spring, Summer
  • · Social justice. advocating for human rights in Latin America.

Organization of American States (OAS)

  • · unpaid
  • · Washington, D.C., member states
  • · Juniors/Seniors
  • · Fundraising, Communications, Foreign Policy

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • · unpaid

Interamerican Development Bank

  • · unpaid

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Internship and Practicum Program (part of World Health Organization WHO)

  • · Unpaid but includes health insurance
  • · Washington, D.C. and overseas

Human Rights Watch

  • · New York and International
  • · Development, LGBT, children’s rights etc.

World Learning Visitor Exchange Program
Interns work on design, implementation, and monitoring of programs for participants from more than 140 countries visiting the U.S. under grants from the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and Office of Citizen Exchanges.

  • · National/international
  • · Various -see website for current opportunities

National Organizations for Applied and Practicing Anthropology

National Association of the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) A unit of the American Anthopological Association
NAPA provides a Mentor program for student anthropologists seeking practical advice on their next career steps. The "Students pag (tab at the top of the site's homepage) has links to both internship and field study opportunities.

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
SfAA "promotes the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world" The SfAA website's "Student" section includes a Student Web Forum with information on internships and field study schools, resources available to attend conferences, grants and fellowships, and ongoing discussions of issues in applied anthropology.

Job and Internship Boards (Action Without Borders)
lists internships and jobs from over 57,000 nonprofit/community organizations in 165 countries. Search by region or by country. Receive personalized updated listings by e-mail.

Jobs and Internships with the Federal Government


Human Rights Watch

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

National Primate Center Job Board



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Funded Research Opportunities

Bigel Endowment Award for Undergraduate Research in Anthropology

Arresty 1) Research Assistant Program, 2) Summer Science Program, 3) G.R.E.A.T International Research Program.

  • · Credit/stipend (See individual programs)
  • · sophomore, junior, senior
  • · Summer/semester/18months
  • · Rutgers/Costa Rica

Big Ten Alliance Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).

  • · Stipend/living expenses (check individual programs)
  • · Summer
  • · Big 10 Universities.
  • · Use the common application, a few universities have their own.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. NSF-REU
Especially see social and behavioral sciences

  • · Stipend/travel/living expenses (check individual programs
  • · Undergrad (check individual programs for eligibility)
  • · Summer
  • · Various universities

RISE - Research Intensive Summer Experience

  • · Mainly STEM, but check for Social Science opportunities

Summer Internships and Research Opportunities (check for updates)


  • · Stipend/living expenses
  • · International
  • · Independent Research or English Teaching Assistantship
  • · **Early September deadline the year before. Begin researching early!

Rutgers Distinguished Fellowships
Check data base and meet with officer to seek fellowships/funding for international internships, fellowships, study abroad, etc.