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Undergraduate Anthropology Program


Come away from OU with more than just a degree—enhance your experience with an internship!

The Anthropology Department offers undergraduate internships, allowing students to gain real world experience that applies what they have learned in the classroom. We have internships available in all four subfields plus museum studies. Due to the nature of the program, each internship is unique, and so it is difficult to describe a "typical" internship. Internship opportunities include:

  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
  • Oklahoma Archeological Survey
  • Oklahoma Historical Society
  • Community agencies or foundations
  • Local zoos
  • Literacy education and outreach
  • Community agencies or foundations
  • Applied medical anthropology and health
  • Linguistics research and fieldwork
  • Historic preservation
  • Other local nonprofit organizations
  • Local governments

With permission, you can enroll in any of the following internships:

  • ANTH 3810 - Internship in Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANTH 3910 - Internship in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 3920 - Internship in Museum Anthropology
  • ANTH 3940 - Internship in Archaeology
  • ANTH 3950 - Internship in Sociocultural Anthropology


  • Anthropology major with junior or senior standing
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • Permission of the instructor


Interns can enroll for 1 to 6 hours of credit, for a total of 6 hours (across all semesters). Most students take 3 hours, and several have repeated the internship for a second semester (for 6 hours total). Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U). As an intern, you are expected to make a commitment to showing up at your internship and completing the tasks assigned to you for the duration of the semester. There is no strict time requirement, but generally an intern enrolled for 3 hours of credit will work 6-9 hours per week at the internship. Students will keep a brief weekly journal, describing their activities, and write a paper synthesizing what they have read in the literature with what they have learned hands-on as part of the internship. Students typically interact both with a faculty internship advisor as well as a local supervisor on their internship.

For More Information

Contact Dr. Patrick Livingood, Internship Coordinator, at You cannot register for an internship until you have spoken with Dr. Livingood.

If you are interested in an internship but are not sure if one of those listed above appeals to you, come in and talk with Dr. Livingood. A brief discussion may help identify an internship opportunity that best matches your interests and skills set.