Anthropology majors have access to a wide range of opportunities, including classes in the Five Colleges, summer study programs or fellowships. Also, many anthropology majors decide to pursue graduate studies in a wide variety of fields, including law, medicine, social work, public policy, education and criminal justice.
Opportunities for Fall 2015 and spring 2016
Smith College Academic Prize Competitions
Undergraduate students in all classes, and in some cases alumnae, can compete for these prizes by submitting application materials to the department responsible. These are monetary prizes, not scholarships, and the amounts vary. Questions concerning prizes should be addressed to the department responsible for the prize. Prize winners are announced at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation in May.
Department of Anthropology Prize:
Samuel Bowles Prize, awarded to a major in the graduating class for the most distinguished paper in anthropology. Submissions may be seminar papers, special studies projects or honors theses. Submissions are due by the last day of classes and must be delivered in hard copy to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 226. A digital version should also be sent to the chair of the department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The North American Archaeology Department of the American Museum of Natural History offers Lab Researcher Internship positions in the North American Archaeology Lab (NAARCH Lab) for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students.
The interns will handle, store, and analyze a wide variety of artifacts from southeastern North America. Lab interns have the opportunity to work with faunal remains, lithics, Native American and European ceramics, Spanish colonial artifacts, and numerous other material types. Lab work typically consists of washing, cataloging, and organizing recent collections as well as data management. Additional projects have involved fine-grained sorting of excavated materials, non-destructive analysis using PXRF, and basic level artifact analysis and documentation. In addition to lab work, interns will also be considered for our ongoing fieldwork program in Georgia, USA(offered only for the fall and spring semester). Our fieldwork package offers room and board, transportation, and a monetary stipend for three weeks.
Individuals interested in joining the NAARCH Lab Internship should be highly motivated, patient, detail-oriented, and professional. Individuals who have not yet completed their junior year need not apply unless they have extensive experience that off-sets their lack of academic training. Prior archaeological experience in either the field or in the lab is not necessary but will be a factor in our selection. The application form can be found at: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/anthropology/policies-links/internship-program Remember to specify your interest in North American Archaeology on the application.
The internships are unpaid. A paid position is possible dependent on departmental funding. You may indicate your interest in a paid position on the application, but please be aware that checking only the paid position box may affect your chances. Course credit can be offered to those individuals currently enrolled in an accredited school of higher learning. The North American Archaeology Lab offers three internship sessions a year (summer, fall, and spring). The NAARCH department asks interns to commit to two or three days a week, for a period of 10 weeks per semester. The number of interns accepted varies according to the research goals per semester.
Internship Application Deadlines
• Summer Session (June to August), submit February 1 - April 1
• Fall Session (September to December), submit June 27 - August 4
• Spring Session (January to May), submit October 1 - December 1
Interested applicants must submit a resume or CV, contact information for three references, a one page statement of purpose and the completed application form. The statement of purpose should briefly outline the applicant’s prior experience in archaeology as well as their future plans within the discipline. Individuals with questions should feel free to email email@example.com
Applications may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024-5192