A number of anthropology undergraduate seniors and graduate students have conducted internships in the Atlanta area in places such as the Refugee Family Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (with the State Forensic Anthropologist), the Carter Center, CARE, Grady Hospital, New South Associates (a local CRM archaeology firm) and a variety of local nongovernmental organizations. If you are interested in applying your anthropological training to the real world, you may want to consider doing a semester-long internship and take advantage of the diverse resource base that Atlanta offers.
Undergraduate Student Brittany Mitchell (L) and Graduate Student Jenny Schabell (R)
We work in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with the Division of Forensic Science and Medical Examiner’s Office.
What are some of the unique opportunities your internship has provided?
We’ve had a tremendous opportunity to observe and participate in autopsies. We’ve also had the opportunity to observe how they gather evidence to determine the cause of individuals’ death. We’ve also learned a lot about the different human body parts and how they function. We’ve also had the opportunity to learn more about bones in the human body and how to determine the age and gender of skeleton.
How did you acquire the internship?
By researching possible internships available for Anthropology majors specializing in Forensics.
What courses or extracurricular activities best prepared you for the internship?
Any course or lab that introduces students to skeletal material as well as any anatomy and physiology course or human biology course. A course focusing on human variation is could be helpful also.
Do you have any advice for current students interested in pursuing an internship?
Apply early and plan ahead for the required 30 internship hours.