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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 2014 and spring 2015


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 (efratkin@smith.edu).




Japanese Stiltgrass Control Project Internships - August 2015


The Town of Conway (Massachusetts) Open Space Committee seeks 2 interns for a 4-week summer project controlling Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)

The interns will work
as a team to assist in control efforts, take inventory, map infestations, and help educate
landowners about identification and control of this destructive, invasive annual grass.
Japanese stiltgrass was first discovered growing along Conway's roadsides in 2007. Since
2008 an ongoing control program has been undertaken in partnership between the Town of
Conway, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, the New England Wild Flower
Society, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Students will be supervised by Conway Open Space committee members and advised by staff from the
various agencies participating in the project.

This is an excellent field research opportunity for students in Forest Conservation, Natural
Resources Conservation, Environmental Science, or Geosciences.
Paid positions: $12 per hour, approximately 3 days per week for the month of August, 2015.

Some flexibility in scheduling; work time can include evenings and weekends. Applicants must provide their own housing and transportation, but will be reimbursed for mileage within town.

• Conduct inventory in previously mapped areas of infestation.
• Walk/drive Conway roadsides to inspect for new infestations.
• Collect GPS data to add to data from previous years.
• Hand-pull grass in sensitive areas, and string-trim larger infestations (no chemical
controls will be used).
• Participate in public "pulling events" for citizen volunteers.
• Identify most likely areas to inspect for off-road infestations.
• With assistance from OS Committee members, contact land owns to seek permission
to inspect their property.

• Coursework or practical experience with GPS and Geospatial Information Systems,
and/or Experience conducting field research involving plant ID skills.
(We need at least one student on the team with each of these skills, both is a plus!)
• Hardworking, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and able to follow directions.
• Able to make careful observations and record them accurately.
• A good sense of direction and capable of working unsupervised along roadsides and
in the forest for extended periods of time.
• Comfortable working off-trail in woodlands and willing to work under adverse
environmental conditions (heat, rain, insects, poison ivy, etc.).
• Capable of operating a gas-powered string trimmer.
• Ability to project enthusiasm for the project to the public.

To Apply:
Email to Michele Turre, Town of Conway Open Space Committee, mturre@umass.edu:
1.) Cover letter explaining why this internship interest you.
2.) Resume with pertinent experiences and relevant coursework.
3.) Names and contact information (email and phone number) for two references
(including at least one academic reference).
4.) An unofficial transcript.




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 tblaber@amnh.org
Applications may be sent to tblaber@amnh.org or mailed to:
Thomas Blaber

Anthropology Department
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024-5192