Anthropology Department

Anthropology Summer Internship Program

The Department of Anthropology is continuing the Anthropology Summer Internship Program. Funded by the Department's Harper-Ellis endowment, the program will offer 2 students the opportunity to complement and enrich their studies in anthropology with a summer internship related to anthropological concerns. Award amounts for all 2018 recipients will be $4000 for a minimum of 8 weeks of full-time engagement at a chosen organization or institution.


Students must be declared anthropology majors in their sophomore or junior year. Freshmen who have definite plans to major in anthropology should consult with an anthropology adviser about applying. Priority will be given to declared majors.

How to Apply

Please supply a detailed project proposal of no more than 1,500 words that includes the following elements:

  1. A one-paragraph introduction that succinctly summarizes your proposed internship and its relevance to anthropology as a discipline;
  2. The mission and purpose of your host organization;
  3. The preparation you’ve done for your project;
  4. The desired educational outcomes of this experience and their relevance to your studies;
  5. Contact information (including names, telephone numbers, email addresses) for your host organization; and
  6. The date by which you expect to have a firm commitment from your internship site to host you for the summer.

Your project proposal should be accompanied by:

  1. A confidential letter of support from a Reed faculty who can speak to your qualifications (emailed to Emily Hebbron);
  2. An up-to-date copy of your résumé; and
  3. A detailed budget of your expenses (note that there are some extra funds available for travel-related expenses, be sure to note these if you're requesting them).


Applications are due by email to Emily Hebbron,, no later than March 30, 2018 at noon. The Anthropology Department strongly encourages applicants to also apply to the McGill-Lawrence Internship Program.

Reporting Responsibilities

  1. Prior to receiving funding, you must submit a letter of confirmation from your host organization or institution acknowledging your internship agreement as well as the acceptance and liability agreement with Reed College.
  2. Recipients will be asked to give an oral presentation detailing their experiences at a meeting of anthropology majors in the fall after their internship.