Anthropology majors are strongly encouraged to seek out experiential learning opportunities
including study abroad and internships. Last summer, Sarah Carlson '13 (above left)
worked as an intern at the Field Museum in Chicago and Katelyn Scott '13 (above right)
worked as an intern at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. During their
junior years, Sarah studied in New Zealand and Kate studied in Peru.
Anthropology students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety
of Study Abroad programs while at Illinois Wesleyan University. IWU's affiliation
with the School for International Training (SIT) is especially recommended, as most
programs include a homestay experience, intensive indigenous language training, and
an independent study project (ISP), all of which provide anthropology students with
opportunities to practice fundamental anthropological field methods: participant-observation
and ethnographic interviewing. In recent years, students in the program have studied
urban anthropology (in Italy), cultural anthropology (in Tanzania, Mexico, American
Samoa, Belize, and Ecuador), linguistic anthropology (in Japan), and paleo-anthropology
(in Australia), while others have enjoyed briefer travel courses in the UK, China,
Kenya, Eastern Europe, and Spain.
IWU anthropology students often enroll in summer field schools that provide experience working on archaeological sites or in the field as ethnographers.
The anthropology faculty can direct students to several field school opportunities
throughout the country that are affiliated with accredited universities and directed
by anthropologists with a range of scholarly interests.
Over the years, the anthropology faculty have forged a close relationship with the
Native American community at Seven Circles Heritage Center, located west of Peoria in Edwards, Illinois. Through that alliance, two special
summer internships have been created for IWU anthropology majors who wish to take
advantage of a rare opportunity to spend two months learning first-hand about Native
American traditions and the issues that affect indigenous peoples in North America
For information about summer internship opportunities, as well as others available
through the historical and cultural museums in the Bloomington-Normal area and in
Chicago, please visit the Hart Career Center Internship webpage.