Internships are an ideal bridge between coursework and the world of work. Especially valuable in internships are the quality of feedback you get, the contacts you make, and the workplace skills you learn—including how to get along in an office. One of the surest ways to land a good job is to land a good internship—paid or voluntary—while you are still an undergraduate. Two-thirds of all interns are eventually hired by their internship site. IUP Anthropology has a well-developed program and has placed students internships for over 25 years. Contact the IUP Anthropology Department internship coordinator to begin the process. You need about a year to select and obtain an internship site that will meet your needs.
An increasingly popular alternative to internships is the community service option. Students work in community-based agencies that are related to the themes or topics of courses, whether dealing with hunger, community development, poverty, domestic violence, etc. Community service thus counts toward satisfying course requirements and provides excellent first-hand experience with real-world problems—often calling for analytical ability, problem-solving, and human relations skills.