Hannah Morris, a senior
anthropology major, has been selected for a prestigious internship that will
culminate with her making a presentation at a worldwide climate change
conference this fall in Poland.
Morris has been chosen to
take part in the Anthropology and Climate Change Project, which is sponsored
by the American Anthropological Association.
Morris is also an active member of the Pennsylvania National
“I was really excited to
be selected,” she said. “I had been looking for an internship, but being in the
military it can be hard to find one that doesn’t interfere with my military
commitments. This one allows me to do both.”
Through an application
process, Morris was chosen along with three other undergraduate students from other
schools across the country for the six-credit, 11-month internship. The group began
working in January using social media and other platforms to share ideas and
The interns do research and
readings on their own time, and then gather once a week online to collaborate
ideas and information that will be used for their final presentation, which
will be a museum-quality display to be delivered in November at the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties-24, in
“Being in anthropology
and studying human culture, most of my fellow students have been abroad, but I
just never had the opportunity,” she said. “So this is my first time, and I’m
The interns have four
stated objectives: to gain a detailed understanding of the convention; to apply
anthropological scholarship that enhances our understanding of human dimensions
of climate change; to convey important concepts and research findings for
specific and general public audiences, and; to
travel to Poland to make their final group presentation.
Morris is one of the
roughly 4,000 IUP students who are picked
every year for internships covering many academic programs and reaching across
the state, country, and world.
In her time at IUP,
Morris has gained an understanding of climate change and how it will have
lasting impacts on the planet and its people.
“I knew a little bit from
the news, and I saw how humans are contributing to it,” she said. “But I didn’t
really think much about the anthropological side of it until recently. I’m
interested in the relationship between humans and the environment, and how
taking small steps can help reduce our effects on the environment.”
After graduation in
December, Morris plans to go to graduate school and eventually pursue a career
in public health working with Native American populations.
“That’s going to be my
focus,” she said. “I want to work with that specific population to see what can