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Department of Anthropology Internship

Arts Internships allow students in the Faculty of Arts to gain experience in areas relevant to their fields of study. Arts internships involve a minimum of 150 hours over a period of 12 weeks with an approved host organization. Students are required to submit documentation of the internship experience and a topical paper discussing the internship from an academic perspective.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to U2 and U3 students, normally after completing 30 credits of a 90 credit program or 45 credits of a 96 to 120 credit program. A minimum CGPA of 2.7, permission from the departmental Internship Advisor as well as the Arts Internship Office are required. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses. A letter from the supervisor from the institution must attest to successful completion of the student’s tenure. Students must also satisfy requirements established by the Arts Internship Office, found here.

Proposing an Internship

Students wishing to undertake an internship must submit a formal proposal to this effect, well in advance of the proposed starting date. This proposal must be approved by a faculty supervisor, the Arts Internship Office, the Department Chair and the Internship advisor.

The proposal must include the following information:

  • An outline of the proposed internship, including specific discussion of “learning goals”, “activities”, and “means of evaluation”.
  • A description of the organization with which the student will be working including the name of the supervisor to whom the student will be accountable, and a letter indicating the willingness of the responsible person and sponsoring agency to assume the task of supervision (including assessment of work performance). A proposal for an associated research project. As noted above, this will ordinarily take the form of a lengthy research paper, researched during the internship, and equivalent in length and quality to that produced in an independent reading course.
  • The completed Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here).

NB: The "Student Acceptance" form must be completed and signed for Approval Forms to be processed.

Please note that students usually register for ANTH 499, Internship: Anthropology, the term following completion of the internship.



A grade for the internship will be assigned by the faculty supervisor based on:

  • The quality of the research paper. This will ordinarily be worth 50% of the course grade, and will be graded by the faculty supervisor.
  • The quality of the written work materials, such as work diary, copies of memoranda, correspondence, or papers produced; or a shorter paper assessing the learning value of the internship. This will ordinarily be work 25% of the course grade, and will be graded by a faculty supervisor.
  • A performance assessment. This will ordinarily be worth 25% of the course grade, and shall be provided by the student’s supervisor at the sponsoring organization.

Internship Opportunities

Click here to access the database of internship opportunities. Please note that a valid McGill ID and Minerva Pin are required to access the database.

For further information, contact:

Department of Anthropology Administrative Office
For departmental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/anthropology/

Anne Turner
Internship Officer
Faculty of Arts, McGill University
Leacock Building, Room 307
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal Quebec, Canada H3A 2T7
Tel: 514-398-2916
Fax: 514-398-8049
Email: anne [dot] turner [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Anne Turner)