Interning at the American Anthropological Association
Kayla Stevens and Jeannette Lombardi
The Louise Lamphere Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to engage with anthropology outside of the classroom. The unique program structure allows interns to split their time between AAA offices and with our program partners at The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and The Naval History and Heritage Command. Throughout the six-week program, interns gain valuable work and research experience, develop professional skills, and explore career paths.
Professional development and mentorship are built into this program. While at the AAA office, interns are assigned staff mentors to guide them through their internship and to assist with career readiness activities, such as mock interviews and resume development. Interns meet with staff to learn about the various pathways to careers and how they can use their anthropological skills in different professions. Additionally, intern projects are intended to develop a variety of skills, such as research, educational programming, and data analysis.
This year’s recipients, Kayla Stevens and Jeannette Lombardi, spoke with That Anthro Podcast about their internship experience. On this podcast episode, you can listen to them discuss their time at the AAA office, The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and The Naval History and Heritage Command.