An internship with a field or clinical component is an intrinsic part of the M.A. program. This will involve your participation in some extramural medical, anthropological, or medical research project, clinic, facility, or agency. You should identify the agency, facility, or program where you want to work by the end of your 2nd semester. The internship/experience should last approximately 8-10 weeks with between 10 and 20 hours of service each week. Work may be limited to observation, or may be more involved, and may or may not involve an independent research question. A site supervisor must be identified, who will evaluate your efforts and provide a brief, written report to your Advisor at the end of the internship. Internships may not occur where you are currently employed, nor should they be in the same type of work in which you are already knowledgeable and working.
A one-page written proposal of the internship/experience, including evidence of a willing site supervisor, must be submitted to and approved by your Advisor no later than your 3rd semester. If you wish to propose a small independent research project to conduct during your internship/experience, this proposal must be submitted to and approved by both your Advisor and site supervisor no later than your 3rd semester. Ideally, the internship will be completed in your 3rd semester of coursework under the auspices of ANTH 6353.
You will prepare a written report on your field/clinical experience that is a minimum of twenty (20) pages of text. It must include a bibliography and be written in appropriate anthropological style and format. This report does not need to conform to the thesis requirements for the University. Please consult with your committee chairperson regarding the necessary and appropriate content and form of the report. The report needs to be submitted at least six (6) weeks in advance of the scheduled date for the M.A. exam since it will be discussed during that exam. Examples of past reports are on file in the Department office and are available to students.