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Internships are an excellent way to get hands-on experience in your field. Internships can be completed during the school year (usually on campus or in town), or during the summer (potentially world-wide). They can be paid or unpaid, depending on the sponsoring organization; for college credit or no credit. Usually, a one-credit internship would call for 3 hours of work each week during the semester, with higher credit loads calling for proportionately more work.

The Career Services office and web page can help you to learn more about internships in general, give you some ideas on where to look for internships, sign up for internships on campus, and make arrangements to receive credit, if needed.

Current opportunities

WisCorps: Volunteer and paid environmental education opportunities

WisCorps Environmental Education has opportunities for students to work with naturalists and local K-12 groups. These would be fabulous for cultural anthropology and archaeology students, those interested in human-environment interactions, getting experience working with children of all ages, gaining teaching experience, and of course, getting involved with helping local communities change in ways that they want to change. 
Volunteer training is coming up soon on Sept. 11 and Sept. 22.
If you are interested, please contact Stephanie Hanna (contact information in attachment).  You can also contact Dr. Christine Hippert if you have any questions.

UWL/MVAC opportunities Fall 2017

Are you interested in getting more experience with archaeology laboratory and curation methods? We will have a variety of internship opportunities available at UWL for fall 2017. Each credit calls for 3 hours of work per week. As of now, all are unpaid internships, but grant possibilities exist. All are good preparation for a career in CRM, Museum Studies, or graduate schoool. Schedules will be individually arranged. If interested, send Connie Arzigian an e-mail expressing your interest (, and we will arrange a meeting for further discussion, before we make any commitments. If you have other projects you would like to pursue, also let Connie know.

Internships in Archaeology Laboratory Processing: Sort and catalog artifact assemblages from the La Crosse area, enter into database. Supervise open lab times to teach other students. Get extensive experience with the full range of lithics, ceramics, flora and faunal remains in the region, as well as experience with data management and record digitization. If interested in more detailed analysis, we can discuss ways to design a research project using the catalogued material, or other collections. Requires completion of ARC 303 Laboratory Methods (ARC 450; 1-3 credits)

Internships in Curation: Work with MVAC staff to digitize paper records, conduct data entry on archaeological sites, digitize slides and photographs, prepare records for curation; experience with Photoshop and Access helpful but not required (Arc 450; 1-3 credits).

Internship in Advanced Archaeological Analytics: Learn to apply techniques such as pXRF or GSMS to archaeological problems such as sourcing local clays, or analyzing ceramic residues; some background in chemistry helpful; a willingness to learn is required. Would work with professors in Chemistry or Physics on developing and applying methods. requires completion of ARC 303 Laboratory Methods (Arc 450; 3 credits)

Petrified Foreset National Park-summer 2017

The Petrified Forest National Park, northern Arizona, is seeking four undergraduates or recent graduates for 2017 field season; details are in the pdf. Applications due March 17, 2017.

The Human Relations Area Files is offering a one year paid internship in cross-cultural research, with preference to those interested in graduate studies in anthropology. Applications due April 3, 2017.

Some Sources for Internships

If you are interested in working with materials from the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, which has archaeological assemblages from the La Crosse region, contact Connie Arzigian to discuss possibilities. If you are interested in working with a particular faculty member on a project, talk to them about the possibilities.

There are many internships around the world. Below are just a few possibilities for archaeology and anthropology students. 

The La Crosse County Historical Society has provided internships for students in projects such as curation or documentation of collections. They have a wide range of historic material from the local area.

The American Anthropological Association is offering two internsips for Juniors, Seniors, or first year graduate students. There is one on Underwater Archaeology and one with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art:

The Milwaukee Public Museum has a variety of opportunities. 

The Science Museum of Minnesota has a wide range of both jobs and internships, many dealing with education and outreach to museum visitors.

The Minnesota Historical Society has a variety of museum internships available for summer and during the school year.