Opportunities

Field Schools
Many anthropology students choose to participate in field schools throughout the United States and abroad during the summer months.  Field schools provide opportunities for training in archaeological reconnaissance and excavation techniques; documentation and interpretation of archaeological evidence.  The academic credits earned from participating in a field school can often be counted towards the 18 credits of required Anthropology electives. 

Study Abroad
Study Abroad programs provide an additional opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience with the cultures and people groups they learn about in the classroom.  More information about the Study Abroad experiences that Iowa State offers can be found at: http://www.studyabroad.iastate.edu/

Internships
Students have the opportunity to earn academic credit for experiential learning through internships.  Students must initiate the internship process by contacting an appropriate agency (e.g. museum, non-profit community center, research institution).  If this agency offers a student an internship position, the student can apply to receive academic credit for his or her internship through ANTHR434. 

Previous internships have been completed through:

  • Iowa State University Parks Library Special Collections
  • Iowa State University Museums
  • Iowa Council for International Understanding
  • Putnam Museum
  • The Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival

Employment
Many people ask the question, “What can I do with a degree in anthropology?”  In general, an undergraduate degree in anthropology prepares individuals for graduate and professional programs as well as a variety of administrative and applied positions in government, museums, and business. 

For more information regarding careers that utilize a degree in anthropology, check out the following websites:

American Anthropological Association: Careers in Anthropology (http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/careers/)
American Association of Physical Anthropologists: Careers in Physical Anthropology (http://www.physanth.org/careers/AAPAcareer.htm)
The Society for Historical Archaeology: Students & Jobs (http://www.sha.org/students_jobs/default.cfm)
Archaeological Institute of America: Placements/Jobs (http://www.archaeological.org/webinfo.php?page=10094)

For more information regarding employers who are seeking to hire graduates of Iowa State University, visit the Career Management Service.  Students can upload resumes, cover letters, and apply directly for jobs.  There are currently more than 11,000 employers seeking to hire our graduates for a variety of positions.