Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have questions about experiences in anthropology? Below are the most common that we get. If you have additional questions that we didn’t answer, please reach out!

General Questions

I want to do research and an internship. Can I do both? Yes, yes, and YES! There are many combinations you can do to get both kinds of experiences and maximize the credit/minimize the courses you are paying for. Check out How Do I Get Experience? to see some of the options and then make an appointment with your CHSS advisor and/or a faculty member you want to work with.

How do I find out about available opportunities for volunteering/research/etc. in anthropology? In addition to this site and your professors, we strongly recommend that you these two things:

  1. Join the Student Anthropology Club. Throughout the year, the SAC offers a wide range of opportunities for you to get experience in outreach, leadership, and other transferable skills. The easiest way to build up your resume is to take advantage of these many opportunities! Faculty members often advertise new course offerings and research opportunities with the club, so you’ll be the first to know. Plus, SAC meetings usually have free food.
  2. Follow the Department of Geography and Anthropology on social media. Faculty members use these platforms to advertise their courses, research and field schools, and jobs/internships they come across.

I don’t see the ANTH 3397 or 3398 in OwlExpress. How do I register for the class? Check out our How to Register section under Getting Started for all of the details.

Do I have to do an internship or research for course credit? If you are an anthropology major, you must complete 3 credit hours of ANTH 3397 (practicum) or ANTH 3398 (internship). However, we strongly encourage you to get as many experiences as you can during your time at KSU! Most of those experiences will not be for credit, and thus you won’t have to pay for them. Check out the Build Your Resume page for more info.

I can’t find the internship/job/field school I want. Can I just do a practicum project instead? Probably, but it’s not a guarantee. If you wait until the last minute, you may find that faculty are either fully booked, or are not offering a practicum that semester. A research practicum is a serious undertaking and should be planned ahead of time.

Internship Questions

When should I start looking for internship opportunities? Yesterday. Just kidding! However, many internship programs open their application window 6 months to a year before you will actually intern. At a minimum, you need to start inquiring about opportunities at the start of the semester prior to the one in which you want to register. For example, if you want to do an internship in the spring semester, you need to start the process of looking for one in September.

When can I do an internship? You can complete an internship during any semester.

Do my required 3 hours for ANTH 3398 all have to come from one internship? Nope! We offer 1-credit hour Springternships during spring break. Look out for information regarding Springternships in the fall semester. You can complete a combination of 3 Springternships to reach your requirements for the major.

Can I work for my friend or family member for an internship? Yes, if your friend or family member is an anthropologist OR they work at a cultural institution. Performing regular, business-type tasks will not suffice for an anthropology internship.

Can I get paid for an internship? Yes, and we encourage it!

Can I use my current job as an internship? Yes, if you current job is at a cultural institution or has an anthropological focus. Your supervisor must be able to provide you with 150 hours of new tasks and responsibilities that allow you to gain new skills.

Can I do my internship abroad? Yes, as long as you find an appropriate placement and a willing supervisor. A field school is a good example of an international internship. Taking a study abroad class does not count as an internship. When setting up an internship abroad, make sure you plan for a way to communicate with the Internship Coordinator from overseas. Check out the KSU Education Abroad Office to get started.

I found a field school that I want to attend. Can I do that for the internship? Yes, but you still need to register for ANTH 3398 if you want to use the field school to complete your major requirements.

My internship supervisor wants me to work more than the average 10 hours per week. Can I complete the internship early? Yes, you can complete your required 150 hours at the pace that works best for you. However, you must still complete the required assignments for the course and continue to communicate with the Internship Coordinator.

I’m still not sure if the job/organization/company/field school I want to do will count as an internship. It’s always a good idea to check! Email Dr. Gooding to discuss your idea.

Research Questions

When should I start looking for practicum opportunities? Yesterday. Just kidding! While anthropology faculty have lots of exciting research, they also have lots of other responsibilities. At a minimum, you need to start inquiring about opportunities at the start of the semester prior to the one in which you want to register. For example, if you want to do an practicum in the spring semester, you need to start the process of connecting with a professor in the fall.

When can I do a practicum? You can complete a practicum during any semester that a faculty member is available to take you.

I want research experience for my resume or CV, but I don’t need/want credit. Great! Check out How Do I Get Experience? to review some of the options. Then, go talk to a faculty member whose area of study is interesting to you!