Getting Started with Internships and Research for Credit

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At KSU, Anthropology majors fulfill their Anthropological Applications requirement by completing 3 credit hours of either an internship (ANTH 3398) or a research practicum (ANTH 3397). So, what’s the difference?

For both courses: Pre-req is Research Methods •3 credits required for Anth major (can take 6) •150 hours •15-20 pages of writing with 10 references •Final presentation to all anthro faculty •Midterm and final evaluations from supervisors •Regular meetings with supervisors

How do I know which one to choose?

Ideally, you should choose to fulfill your Anthropological Applications requirement with the option that best suites your career goals. If you are thinking about graduate school, both an internship and a practicum are good ideas. A practicum will give you a first-hand experience in research and a good writing sample. Begin by communicating with a professor that shares your particular interests in anthropology. They can guide you to a project that will work for ANTH 3397.

Looking to get right to work after graduation? An internship is ideal for you. Internships let you apply those anthropology skills in real and meaningful ways in your community and abroad! We encourage students to do more than one internship during their college career if they can. Our interns are often given job offers after they graduate.

Check out our FAQs page to help guide you, and then, reach out to a professor in anthropology not sure which option is best for you.

Ok, I’ve decided what to do….what’s next?

How do I register for ANTH 3397 Practicum in Anthropology?

Basic steps for registering for a research practicum. Read further details below!

ANTH 3397 does not show up in OwlExpress as a class you can register for. It may look closed or not appear at all. That is because…

First, you need to reach out to the faculty member you want to work with. They may have a project in mind for you, want you to create a research project from scratch, or may not be taking practicum students for the semester. Act early and often! You don’t want to be stuck without a project and you need your project advisor on board in order to register.

Next, ask your faculty advisor to complete the ANTH 3397/4100 registration form. You will not be able to register for the course until the form has been completed and processed. This can take up to two weeks. Check your KSU email often. You will receive an email from the department that gives you instructions on how to register.

Finally, register for the correct number of hours of the course following the emailed instructions. The default is usually 1 hour, so you need to change this to 3 hours to meet the requirement for the major.

How do I register for ANTH 3398 Internship in Anthropology?

Basic steps for registering for an internship. Read further details below!

ANTH 3398 does not show up in OwlExpress as a class you can register for. It may look closed or not appear at all. That is because…

First, you need to reach out to the organization or company with which you want to intern. Remember that many organizations do not have an internship “program,” but will allow you to shadow and/or volunteer to get your hours. Other organizations require that you apply a year in advance. Act early and often! You don’t want to be stuck without an internship when you are trying to graduate. Here are the steps to get started:

  1. See the FAQs page for what “counts” as an internship.
  2. Explore all of the resources linked below.
  3. Check out the Internship Experiences Blog for ideas.
  4. Reach out to Holly Sedys in Career Development.
  5. Reach out to the Anthropology Internship Coordinator, Dr. Gooding.

Next, once you have a confirmation from your internship site (e.g. an email that says they will take you on), you need to submit the internship in Handshake. You will not be able to register for the course until the Handshake application has been processed and approved by the Internship Coordinator and your site supervisor. This can take up to two weeks. Check your KSU email often. You will receive an email from Career Development that gives you instructions on how to register.

Finally, register for the correct number of hours of the course following the emailed instructions. The default is usually 1 hour, so you need to change this to 3 hours to meet the requirement for the major. You can register for up to 6 internship hours.

Resources

Here are a list of resources you will find useful for finding internship experiences. Questions? Go to our Contact page and reach out!

Anthropology Internship Opportunities and Resources

AnthroGuide Internships and Field Schools

KSU HandShake