Anthropology Internships

Anthropology student

An internship constitutes a special form of independent study; therefore, the policies and procedures of the Department of Anthropology for "Independent and Directed Study" and "Credit Limits in the Major" should be followed. 

Employment and internship opportunities can be found through RIC's Career Development Center.

How to Apply for an Internship

Contact the department chair, who will identify and refer you to an appropriate faculty member (either a designated coordinator of internships or a faculty member with appropriate expertise). 

Develop a written proposal in conjunction with the faculty member and submit the proposal to the department chair. Your proposal should contain the following: 

  1. A summary statement of the type, nature, location and duration of your internship. 
  2. A rationale supporting the purpose of your internship, its academic content and its role in your major and academic program. 
  3. A description of the scope of your internship. 
  4. A plan of study or plan of work. 
  5. A procedure for evaluation and grading. 
  6. A plan for conferences with the faculty member and the on-site supervisor, and/or a plan for an evaluative report from the on-site supervisor. 

All elements of the proposal should conform to applicable college policies. A work/training internship will normally entail four hours of work per week for each credit hour. (Normally, an internship consists of 14 weeks of work/training and one week for evaluation.) 

The faculty member will review your proposal and make a recommendation to the chair at a department meeting or a meeting of the Departmental Advisory Committee. 

An approved proposal signed by you, the faculty member and the chair must be submitted no later than November 15 or April 15 (for spring or fall semester, respectively) for the approval of the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. If approved, a section of ANTH 495: Internship in Anthropology will be created and you will be automatically registered. 

Once begun, your progress will be monitored by the faculty member through periodic meetings with you and by observation of your work at the internship site and/or reports from the on-site supervisor. 

Upon completion of the internship, the faculty member will be responsible for submitting your grade (using criteria and procedures defined in the proposal).