Anthropology majors gathered at an event hosted by the Anthropology Club On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, to learn about the growing career options available to anthropology graduates, along with the internship possibilities that will help them gain valuable experience for the job market.
Approximately thirty-five students joined faculty in a packed room to participate in a series of presentations and question-answer sessions with professional applied anthropologists. Dr. Amanda Poole, the Anthropology Department Internship Coordinator, planned the evening. Poole spoke about the growing job opportunities for anthropology graduates in the U.S. and abroad in international development and natural resource management. Dr. Anastasia Hudgins talked about her experiences domestically and internationally working in urban areas on applied medical anthropology projects.
Dr. C. Todd White drew on his prior research experiences assessing and re-designing university library websites to talk about the growth of lucrative consulting positions for anthropology graduates trained in ethnographic research skills. Dr. White also discussed the application of his research on gender and sexuality to improving the treatment of convicts within the U.S. prison system.
The second half of the evening was devoted to a description of opportunities for Anthropology majors to build career skills through internships facilitated by the long-standing Internship Program in the Anthropology Department. Anthropology majors Robin Matty and Jamie Mead described the value of having worked at internship positions as IUP undergraduates. Matty has worked as an archaeology intern at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and Mead worked with a nonprofit organization in Seattle focused on refugee resettlement.
The evening highlighted the impressive range of internships that have been performed by IUP Anthropology majors in public, private, and nonprofit settings around the world.