Anthropology Major Chosen For National Internship, to Present in Poland

Posted on 3/30/2018 11:27:46 AM

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 Guard.

Hannah Morris “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 insight.

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 Warsaw, Poland.

“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 really excited.”

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 be done.”