Fieldwork and Internships

MSU 2013 Field School - students at work

Below are some field schools and internships opportunities that might be of interest to Montclair State students

Note:  some of these are sponsored by Montclair State, some are hosted by other institutions; some of these are local, some are more distant; and this list is anything but comprehensive, so be sure to look around elsewhere, but all of the opportunities listed below have a good track record of accepting and/or employing Montclair State students. And remember, if you find a really great opportunity, consider applying for a Bigel grant to help pay for it!

Archaeology students should also contact Prof Siegel & Prof Matthews about other current & upcoming opportunities for Montclair State University students!

Internships & Field Schools - Details

American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Internships -- The AAA hosts a list of invaluable opportunities to help students gain experience in their chosen field.  Please see their site for additional opportunities to the ones posted below. 
Field School Opportunities -- The AAA also hosts a list of field school opportunities for students.  Check them out!

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

The Anthropology Internship Program at the AMNH offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in anthropology, museums, or related fields. Anthropology interns work on various projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of the staff. Acceptance to the internship program is competitive. The number of interns accepted in any given session varies and is based on staff projects. See their website for more details and upcoming deadlines! 

Andean Action Research
The Center for Social Well Being hosts 3 week training program in ethnographic field methods, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes, in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in anthropological investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, Community Organization and related topics. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing investigations in local agricultural communities to develop effective field research techniques, and to acquire language skills. In addition, the program provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes, and optional outdoor recreational activities. The total cost is $3,200 US dollars, which includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the center, and course materials. The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., and Ecologist, Flor de María Barreto Tosi.  Program dates vary annually, but the field school runs programs throughout the year and in the summer.  Check their website for details.

Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education (BFREE)
Since 1995, over 100 interns and long-term volunteers have stayed at their tropical research station in the middle of one of Central America’s largest remaining tracts of intact rainforest (over a million acres).  Not only have volunteers benefited from the unique experience of living and working in the tropical rainforest, but their creative contributions and hard work have helped tremendously with our wildlands conservation, sustainable living, and environmental research and education efforts.  BFREE volunteers have assisted in a wide range of programs from wildlife documentation to participation in environmental education programs toworking in the organic garden and assisting in scientific research programs.  They currently need volunteers to assist with the following on-going projects:
 • Sustainable agriculture – Learn agroforestry techniques on the BFREE coffee/cacao farm or develop soil management skills in the organic garden
 • Trail system development – Work alongside BFREE staff to maintain existing rainforest and river-walk trails and develop new ones
 • Environmental education and outreach – Develop educational materials and lesson plans for Belizean and international student groups
MSU faculty has great contacts at BFREE... Learn more about this opportunity here!

Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) – Field School in Ethnographic Methods
The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs. The Field School is designed for people with little or no experience in ethnographic research, or those who want a refresher course. It is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences and other fields of study that use qualitative approaches (such as education, communication, cultural studies, health, social work, human ecology, development studies, consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications.  Location & dates vary, so check their website! - Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service
You can engage in effective voluntary citizen service to fight hunger, ranging from food drives to contacting elected officials about policy changes that will help families in need.  This website hosts a wealth of information all in one place, and makes it easy to learn how you can take action and find opportunities in your area.

National Association of Practicing Anthropologists (NAPA) - The NAPA-OT Field School in Guatemala
The NAPA-OT Field School in Guatemala nurtures leaders in medical and applied anthropology and occupational therapy to promote social justice. Students work intensively in clinical and community settings gaining skill in research, observation, communication, and transdisciplinary collaboration.  Within small groups integrating students from occupational therapy and anthropology backgrounds, participants have the opportunity to spend focused research time with faculty in:  craftwork across the lifespan, pediatric nutrition and development, and NGOs and NGO networks.  Seminars emphasize critical theories in applied medical anthropology, approaches to social and occupational justice, and human rights.  Students also study Spanish one-on-one with individual instructors at their own level and pace. Living in a home stay increases language fluency and understanding of Guatemalan culture. Occupational therapy students may fulfill a portion of their Level II professional degree requirements with approval from their graduate program. Click here for more information about this summer program. 

National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC)
NBDC is a non-profit organization located in New Jersey that addresses issues facing African-Americans with disabilities in America.  Their goals are to promote unity among the Black community with disabilities, their families, and communities; to advance equity within the disability movement and their communities; and to foster opportunities for the Black community with disabilities.  Their emphasis is on people who live in poverty.  More information about the organization can be found here.

NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services (DDS)
Contact:  Joe Amoroso

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
The mission of this unique, non-profit, four-season farm is to creae a healthy and sustainable food system.  Through their Growing Farmers Initiative, children’s education programs, and diverse public awareness programs, they aim to improve the way America eats and farms.  Stone Barns Center welcomes intersn whoa re dedicated to their mission. Interns will focus on one componenet of their work:  livestock, four seasons growing, education programs, or Growing Farmers Initiative.  In attion, interns are encouraged to partciate in a variety of agricultural courses and field trips offered to Stone Barns staff.  The following document outlines all of the internship opportunities in greater detail.  And, there is much more information on their website, including the application form.

YAI Network
YAI offers a variety of internship programs in the field of developmental and learning disabilities. YAI Network internships provide individuals with hands-on experience, supportive supervision, and state-of-the-art training in many exciting fields.  If you are an undergraduate or graduate looking to meet specific educational requirements in health and human services, or you are interested in gaining practical experience, at the YAI Network you can get the exposure you need.   Interns can also train in one of our administrative departments (Research, Professional Information, Human Resources, Special Events, Fundraising/Development, Office Management) and obtain the skills needed to become successful in the social services/not-for-profit field.  All majors are considered.  Here's more info!

Previous MSU field opportunities (Summer 2013):

1. “A Long Time Coming”: Community-Based Historical Archaeology in Setauket, New York 

Montclair State University and Higher Ground Intercultural and Heritage Association offered students the opportunity to work with ALTC project directors in an historical archaeological field school. Field school participants contributed to three research projects.

These included excavations at the Jacob and Hannah Hart site, a late 19th-century home associated with one of the community’s most well known and highly regarded families, as well as excavations at the Thompson House site, a locally prominent 18th-century farmstead. In both cases the fieldwork collected data on the early history and development of Setauket’s Native and African American community in the contexts of both slavery and freedom. The third project was a community-based historical study of Setauket’s Bethel AME Church, which was founded by community members in 1845 and remains a vital community institution. This project drew on archival and oral history research. 

To learn more about the project, please visit:

2. Sustainability in Action: A Service Learning Class 

Sustainability in Action combined research and action within a hybrid course structure:  this was a service learning class for students who understand the importance of environmental sustainability and want to work proactively on solutions for the challenges of our time.

Course Description:  In the first part of the class, we will read about how citizens in Ithaca, New York are reducing their environmental footprint through sustainable living, food, and alternative energy projects.  Enjoy a fun and engaging 5 day excursion to beautiful Ithaca, New York where we will stay in Ecovillage, Ithaca.  We will experience the successes and challenges of living and working sustainably in cohousing community. Students will gain valuable field experience working on two organic farms: and  We will meet a variety of residents to learn about sustainable food, ; money; and community building in the Ithaca area.  Finally, no trip to Ithaca would be complete without a hike in one of Ithaca’s beautiful gorges.

For information about "Sustainability in Action," contact Dr. Kate McCaffrey:

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