Anthropology Internship Program at the American Museum of Natural History

Opportunity Description:

The Anthropology Internship Program offers academic credit, unpaid and paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in anthropology, museums or related fields. Anthropology interns work on projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of the curatorial staff in the museum or in the field. The department's collections and research are focused on North American, Mexican/Central American and South American archaeology and ethnology; Asian, African and Pacific ethnology; and Biological Anthropology. In addition, internships are awarded in collections management, archives and conservation. Applicants should be enrolled in or have recently graduated from an academic institution.

Acceptance to the internship program is competitive. The number of interns accepted in any given session varies and is based on staff projects. Internships are limited to a maximum of two sessions of work.

Application Process: 

Applications are accepted year-round in three sessions:

  • Summer session (July to September): submit January 1 - March 1
  • Fall session (September to December): submit June 4 - August 4
  • Spring session (February-May): submit October 1 - December 1

For academic credit and unpaid internships in Mexican/Central American and South American Archaeology and Ethnology; African, Asian, North American and Pacific Ethnology; Biological Anthropology*; Collections Management, Archives and Conservation, please fill out this application and email to

For North American Archaeology internships, please refer to the this document and email the requested application materials to Abigail Musch at

For paid internships, please reach out to the contact of the department that you are interested in from the list above. Due to an ongoing hiring freeze, internships are being conducted as contract work, the details of which may vary by department.

*Please note that Biological Anthropology interns must possess knowledge of human osteology, preferably in the form of, at least one, college-level human osteology/skeletal biology course. In your application, please indicate your appropriate prior experience.

General application requirements:

  • A brief summary (one page or less) specifying your area of interest within anthropology and how an internship at the AMNH will help you achieve your educational goals
  • A copy of your transcript
  • A resume 
  • The name of an academic advisor or professor who can provide a reference
For more information on this opportunity, please contact:
Affiliated Research Institutes (Optional): 

The American Museum of Natural History