Opportunities for graduate and field schools, jobs, internships, fellowships, campus events and more. Most of the programs listed here have contacted the SOAN Department at Carleton specifically seeking participation from Carleton Sociology & Anthropology students.

    Ethnography & the Urban Experience:
    Millennials, Youth Crime, and Work in the Inner City
    ANT 295 (3W1) with Urban Ethnographer Professor Ric Curtis
    John Jay College’s Urban Field School is the only field school of its kind in the United States and is designed to train students from colleges and universities across the country in urban ethnography and other innovative research methods. Become immersed in an urban field site as anthropologists involved in hands-on learning about the problems and processes vital to the future of city life. Gain on-the-scene experience and develop expertise in mixed method research methodologies that may include:
    • Participant-observation and direct observation
    • Geo-mapping
    • Respondent-driven sampling
    • Cultural expert interviewing
    • Writing and coding field notes
    • Rapid-assessment surveys
    • Photography for research and analysis
    • Video ethnography
    • Multi-method evaluation techniques: trend;
    impact; needs; & technology analyses
    This summer, we will work on a research project that focuses on Mercer Sullivan’s classic, “Getting Paid”: Youth Crime and Work in the Inner City (1989). Following in Sullivan’s footsteps, students will participate in team research with their own updated study on “Millennials, Youth Crime, and Work in the Inner City” and will spend at least 30 hours in the field and 15 hours in a classroom setting. By the end of this intensive 3-week course, students will have designed, implemented, and participated in an urban field research project focusing on ethnographic methods of data collection. They will also have discussed various issues including theory, analysis, and ethics with their fellow students and instructors. The John Jay College Urban Field School provides students with a learning experience that links theories and concepts that are central to anthropology and other social sciences to the methods and techniques that anthropologists use to do their work and offers an excellent opportunity for personal and professional career development, including preparation for graduate school.

    To register please visit:

  • The University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology is planning to hold, for the first time, a six-credit summer field course in Kenya. The focus of the excavations will be 17-20 million year old fossil ape sites on Rusinga Island, and the course will be taught by me and by a visiting professor of geology (Dr. Lauren Michel) who has been working on Rusinga for a decade and looks forward to sharing this research experience with motivated undergraduates.

    Note that the course fee ($3500) INCLUDES the tuition cost for six credits, as well as all of your expenses while in Kenya for the course. Airfare to Kenya, vaccinations/medications, and a Kenyan travel visa are extra.

    The course will be capped at 12-14 students and will have a formal application process in place soon. If you are interested in earning college credit while working on fossil excavations in Kenya, please join me for an informational meeting on March 23 at 3:30pm in Blegen 318. If ypu have any questions contact Prof McNulty.


  • Anthropology students are encouraged to participate in this annual poster session at the American Anthropological Association meetings featuring undergraduate student research. This is the ELEVENTH year and we keep growing!

    First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology 

    Undergraduate students are an increasingly important element in the production of anthropological knowledge. In its best form, undergraduate research can be seen as an apprenticeship, wherein the novitiate is granted a partnership and some degree of agency in pushing the boundaries of and crossing into new frontiers of shared knowledge. Collaboration with undergraduate students in research is one of the important ways we can facilitate innovation within our discipline. Their research breaks down classroom/research boundaries, focuses on the importance of experiential learning, and exploits the naiveté and vigor of students not yet indoctrinated into paradigmatic complacency. Undergraduate students can be agents and partners in reshaping the landscape of anthropology. The importance of undergraduate research and scholarly activity is underscored both in financial support by federal-level agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health, and the growing number of faculty-student collaborations in anthropology departments across the globe. Through their engagement, undergraduate students challenge current boundaries and present their findings in the inter-disciplinary medium of visual posters to enrich anthropological inquiry into the human experience.

    Students are especially encouraged to present on topics that link to this year’s theme of “Evidence, Accident, Discovery,” raising issues central to debates within both anthropology and politics in a neoliberal, climate-changing, social media-networked era.

    This session is generously sponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Students are encouraged to highlight both their work and their visual acumen via research posters of their projects. The SVA will evaluate all entries in this session and recognize exemplary posters – that is, those that maximize the possibilities of the format – with a prize.

    Interested students must

    (1) Become a student member of the AAA, if they are not already.

    (2) Register for the conference

    (3) Upload their poster title and abstract by April 10. Our session is sponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology, so please indicate them as the reviewer. Choose “First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology” as the poster session in which you would like to participate.

    (4) Send Dr. Deb Rotman ( a copy of the following information

                   Student name(s)

      Institutional Affiliation
                   Email contact(s)
                   Poster title
                   Poster abstract


    February 17, 2016

    Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world! 

    If you're into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by our early bird deadline on February 29th!

    Space is limited.


    *Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

    Check out where we go: 


    Summer programs are open in the following countries and regions:

    India – Education or Gender Rights

     Southeast Asia – Conservation or Youth Empowerment

    Middle East – Human Rights

    Ghana – Global Health

    Tanzania – Social Innovation

    Uganda: Development or Youth Empowerment

    Guatemala – Fair Trade Justice, Human Rights, or Peace & Conflict

    Peru – Environment

    Can’t travel in the summer? Join us for our alternative breaks in the spring!

  • The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy, public health, and students in related disciplines for its four-week summer session: May 30 - June 24, 2016.

    The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGO and other community partners.Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in anthropology, occupational therapy, public health or related disciplines are encouraged to apply via our website by February 15, 2016.  Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. 

    The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) of the American Anthropological Association. Faculty include anthropologists and occupational therapists with credentials and interests in health care access and human rights, child development, and public health.

    The objectives of the program are:

    • To explore efforts to achieve social justice in Guatemala, a country with a history of ethnic and class violence
    •  To examine health disparities in Guatemala through applied medical anthropology theory and human rights discourse
    •  To understand the determinants of health and basic epidemiology in developing nations
    •  To provide a transdisciplinary fieldwork opportunity to students of occupational therapy, anthropology, and related subjects
    •  To promote social justice through partnerships in and around Antigua, Guatemala with NGOs, community groups, health care workers, and other social change agents
    •  To explore the concept of “occupational justice” as an emerging practice area in occupational therapy and applied anthropology

    Applicants students will have the opportunity to work in one of three project groups:

    • Health system accountability: Citizen Participation and the right to health in rural Guatemala
    • Midwifery:  Cultural Complexities and Health Care Accessibility
    • Pediatric Practice: Play as a Therapeutic Practice for Undernutrition, Feeding, and Development

    Students also will study Spanish a minimum of 9 hours per week, working one-on-one with certified language instructors at their own level and pace.  Visit for more information.

  • The University of Michigan Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology is a new journal focused on showcasing the best work produced by undergraduates in all four fields of the discipline.

    The journal is currently accepting submissions from colleges and universities across the United States. Students are encouraged to submit papers regardless of whether they emphasize their studies in sociology or anthropology.

    All submission guidelines can be found on the website at

    The submission deadline is March 1, 2016.

    Questions can be directed to

  • Do you have an interest in marine archaeology or African art? Maybe you just want a productive way to spend your summer getting hands-on experience working in anthropology as well as in an office environment. Whatever your career goals may be, the AAA internship program provides two exceptional students with the opportunity to spend a summer earning valuable work experience and living in Washington, DC.

    "I appreciated the reality of the internship, the kindness of the people I worked with and the glimpse of world-applicable work that I received," said 2015 AAA Summer intern, Emily Haver. "The things I treasure most are the connections I made with fellow archaeologists and culture enthusiasts, and the ideas they gave to lead me to my next steps in anthropology."

    Funded entirely by member donations, AAA internships are six weeks in length, running from the end of June through August. The internships are unpaid, but interns will be provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.

    Interns will spend the majority of their time working on-site at either the Naval History & Heritage Command or the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Individuals selected for the program will also have the opportunity to work on special projects at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA.

    Download and submit your application and supporting materials here, Link:


  • Urban Scholars

    January 14, 2016

    The City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the State of Minnesota, are currently seeking future leaders for employment in a summer leadership development program for college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

    • Full-time, competitively paid, professional resume-building work experience for undergraduates and graduate students.
    • Direct access to agency leaders including but not limited to the Mayor, City Council members, Department Heads, Superintendents, and Executive Directors.
    • A team-based community project that will be presented to City Council, community stakeholders, senior management and colleagues.
    •  Leadership and communications skills development as part of the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute
    • Networking Advisors to provide guidance to achieve professional goals.
    • Opportunities to create valuable professional networks.

    This highly competitive summer internship starts on Monday, May 23, 2016 and ends on Friday, August 12, 2016. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 19, 2016. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate college students regardless of academic major. Public sector experience is highly desired, but not required.



    • Must be enrolled and in good standing at an accredited two or four year college, university, graduate program, or law school or must be a recent graduate with a degree conferred between December 2015 and May 2016.
    • Must have completed first year of post-secondary education.
    • Must be authorized to work in the United States
    • Must be able to participate on a full-time basis for 12 weeks (40 hours per week)

    Please note that recent graduates (December 2015 & May of 2016) are eligible for participation and there is no residency requirement.


    For more information and a link to the online application, visit: If you have specific questions or need additional information, please contact: or (612) 673-2516.



  • Call for Editorial Board Members
    Submission Deadline: January 31, 2016 

    Student Anthropologist, the Journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists, is currently accepting new Editorial Board Members. The board is composed of student anthropologists who support the peer-review process and publication of the annual issue of Student Anthropologist while also contributing through their own specialized function or role.

    Editorial Board Members typically work with authors one-on-one throughout the editorial process, peer review manuscripts (as needed), provide general support to the Board (as needed), copy edit manuscripts (as needed), and aid in the solicitation of manuscripts via their peer networks.

    Additionally, we are looking to fill some specialized roles.

    • Design Editor: an individual with interest or expertise in Adobe InDesign or Pages for Mac; effectively, this person will design and manage the look of the journal
    • Communications Editor: an individual who can manage the social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) of Student Anthropologist; someone who can regularly promote Calls for Papers, published issues, and related announcements.
    • Peer Review Editor: an individual who can manage manuscripts and the peer review database; matching submissions with appropriate peer reviewers in a double-blind process; adding new peer reviewers to the database
    • Book Review Editor: an individual who solicits reviews and books, works with a book reviewer through the editorial process, and copy edits manuscripts; see Call for Book Review Editor for more details

    Editorial Board Members should be graduate-level students, though undergraduates are welcome to apply for Design and Communications positions. We encourage students from all field of anthropology to apply. Those who are interested should contact with the following information:

    1. Full name
    2. University Affiliation
    3. A current CV
    4. If interested in a specialized role: which role and a brief description of your qualifications

    The deadline for applications is January 31, 2016.

  • 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Scholarship is open for the residents of New York City and of African-American, Latino, or Native American background who are enrolled as current high school graduate or recipient of a High School Equivalency Diploma.

    The Scholarship Deadline is April 1, 2016.

    More information can be found at

  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA): Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)

    The SAA Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS) helps increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in archaeology. It provides funding to minority archaeology students, helping them enhance their education and successfully prepare for a variety of careers in archaeology and heritage management. The scholarship is overseen by the Minority Scholarships Committee of the SAA.

    How to Apply for a Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)

    DUE DATE: The HUGS and HUGS-IFR scholarship applications are due by Friday, January 29, 2016, 11:59pm EST. Email the application to

    Few college financial aid packages cover summer coursework, such as lab or field training, making such study an out-of-pocket expense for many students. The SAA is committed to assisting individuals in realizing their goals of entering careers in archaeology by offering two categories of scholarships: the HUGS and the HUGS-IFR.

    HUGS: This scholarship can be used for a field school, to volunteer on a project directed by a professional archaeologist, or to receive other forms of archaeological training. This particular scholarship, however, cannot be used for a field school run by the Institute of Field Research (IFR). For that, see the HUGS-IFR listed below. There will be up to two scholarships for undergraduate students and up to two scholarships for graduate students. Each scholarship is $3,000.

    HUGS-IFR: This scholarship is provided by the Institute of Field Research (IFR) and is to be used for an IFR archaeological field school in Summer 2016.

    IFR will cover the program tuition (up to $5,000) for a student who attends an IFR field school. If the field school costs less than $5,000, students cannot receive the cost difference as cash payment. Applicants must clearly state which IFR field school they wish to attend using this scholarship, and they must show that they have been accepted into that field school.

    The SAA HUGS program recognizes that there are additional costs associated with attending a field school (airfare, basic field supplies, etc.), and will thus provide up to $2,000 for expenses related to attending the IFR field school.

    The recipients of both the HUGS and HUGS-IFR will be selected by the Minority Scholarship Committee of the SAA.


    You must be a member of historically underrepresented minorities in archaeology, including but not restricted to African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and other non-European minorities.

    You must be a citizen or legal resident of either the U.S. or Canada.

    At the time of application, you must be enrolled in a regionally accredited university in the United States or Canada, or if outside the United States, a university with equivalent accreditation.

    If the applicant is a graduate student, s/he must be in Year 1 or Year 2 of graduate studies. The applicant cannot already have an M.A./M.S. degree at the time of application.

    Note: Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders are encouraged to apply to the Native American Scholarships program for parallel funding opportunities.

    For questions about the application process, please contact the Minority Scholarships Committee Chair, Tiffiny A. Tung, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University at

    You can download the application form here; it’s towards the bottom of the page:


    It’s time to join with workers to unite against corporate greed! This past year we’ve seen strong fights and exciting victories. Student workers in Seattle won $15, adjunct professors have been organizing for fair pay and respect, hundreds of fast food workers have been taking to the streets, and communities have been mobilizing around the country against police brutality. This February, hundreds of students from across the nation are coming together at this pivotal moment in history to build a stronger movement for justice on campus.

    United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is a national student-led movement with over 150 locals. We campaign in solidarity with workers on our campuses and in factories abroad, using our leverage as students to win historic victories over multinational corporations. Now we want you to join us!

    Register for the National Conference and be a part of building a stronger movement of students and workers fighting for justice!

    This year we’ll gather on February 26 and 27. We voted to hold our conference at the University of Pittsburgh. The “Steel City” is home to the most bridges of any city in the world, the largest annual Labor Day parade in the US, and even the Steelers — named for the United Steelworkers, who’ve made Pittsburgh a union town since 1936. Workers in Pittsburgh just won paid sick days, and they’re pushing forward in their Fight For 15. At the University, adjuncts are demanding respect in the workplace, and they need students like us to have their backs.

    The 2016 National Conference is a unique chance to gather with hundreds of students committed to taking back our universities and demanding respect for workers and affordable quality education for all. At the conference, you will:

    • Learn how to organize National USAS campaigns in solidarity with workers on our campuses, in our communities, and who sew our schools’ apparel in factories abroad
    • Sharpen your organizing skills and get new ideas for your local group with workshops and trainings lead by veteran student and labor organizers.
    • Join teams of students already working to build our student-labor movement, share experiences with organizers from all walks of life, and make our work more dynamic, creative and fun.
    • Be part of a powerful, nationally-coordinated student movement that fights for justice, and wins!

    Click here to register now, and start planning your group’s travel to Pittsburgh!

    19 years after students formed USAS to counter the power of multinational corporations and corporate-friendly college administrators, we are celebrating our major student-worker victories, past, present, and future. We know that when we organize in solidarity with workers producing our clothes, taking care of our campuses, and fighting for education justice, we are stronger together.

    Will you join us to build a student movement to stop sweatshop universities? Whether you’re totally new to activism, or have some experience under your belt, register now and we’ll send you more information on how you can get involved!