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All students are encouraged to participate in an internship at some point during their studies in order to explore career options and make connections with professionals in the field.  Students may choose to intern at any time, but those who wish to earn academic credit for SOCA 491 (Professional Field Experience, 1-12 hours) must have junior or senior standing. 

Students who choose to earn credit as a part of their internship are expected to produce a learning journal or other written product that connects their experience to the curriculum and pay tuition for the credit hours earned. Internships for credit are graded as pass/fail.

Typically, students do internships in the summer sessions, but several do internships in the fall and spring semesters depending on the internship and the amount of credit hours the student desires to earn from the internship. Students work an average of 45 service hours for each credit hour earned. An internship done for three credit hours would require at least 135 hours of service.

Some internships are paid but this depends on where you intern. Neither WVU or the department guarantees pay for any internship and this must be something that you work out with the internship provider.

Anthropology students may complete internships for credit, but are encouraged to consider ethnographic or archaeological field schools for field methods prior to graduation.

The department provides guidance on internship sites, but it is the responsibility of students to contact potential sponsors to make arrangements.  Students are encouraged to consult with the Department’s Internship Coordinator, Cheryl Dennis.  Those who wish to earn academic credit must complete an application and department information form.

In the past, students have chosen these sites for internship placements: