College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of History and Anthropology

History and Anthropology Internships

Internship Requirements

The Department of History and Anthropology encourages its majors and minors to undertake internships as a part of their degree programs at Butler University. Internships which utilize, explore and advance the approaches and skills developed in the history and anthropology major and minor can be a valuable part of the undergraduate experience.

 Expectation: A student who undertakes an internship must sign a three-way contract with a department faculty member and an on-site supervisor.

 Credit: Majors and minors are allowed no more than 6 hours of credit for internships. The courses are HS404 and/or HS405 and AN484 and/or AN485.Also, majors and minors should refer to the LAS handbook for total hours allowed toward graduation if one wants more than 6 hours of internship credit.

 Objectives: Internships offer history and anthropology majors and minors the opportunity to apply the insights of their academic discipline to the study of a workplace situation. Although internships offer employment experience, they are included in the curriculum primarily to encourage independent study. Such study is designed to ask questions about the relationships between the academic treatments of a subject and the workplace applications of those treatments. In the process an intern must undertake research, record observations, engage in analysis and critical thinking, and communicate the results of inquiry to the faculty advisor.

 Prerequisites: Enrollment in an internship requires 12 hours of prior coursework in history or anthropology and junior standing.

 Arranging the Internship: Internships are arranged by the student, not by the department. Butler's Washington D.C. internship program features internship placements in our nation's capital. Internships must be approved by the department head prior to the start of the internship. The academic component of the internship is evaluated by a faculty advisor. The student will have to have the department head and faculty advisor approve a one-page summary of your internship, including the name, address, and phone number of your on-sight supervisor; phone and coordinates where you can be reached during the day; the activities you will undertake while an intern; and the personal learning objectives you have set for yourself in the course.

Attendance: As a rule of thumb we expect about 15 hours per week on site for each 3 hours of credit awarded.

 Course requirements: The department expects you to provide 3 important products of your course work: 

  1. A journal recording your workplace experiences and your reflections about those experiences. Take about 15 to 20 minutes a day to write your journal. The journal should be turned in no later than the last day of classes.
  2. A midterm writing review. This could be a summary of your journal after half of the semester is completed or an assignment at the discretion of your instructor. The review should be 3-5 pages long, typed and double-spaced.
  3. A substantial paper dealing with a significant topic that is illustrated by your internship. The paper is a focused discussion of a particular subject that you had an opportunity to observe or practice. The paper should be 10-15 pages, typed and double-spaced. The paper is due no later than the last day of classes. 

Grades: On-site supervisors are asked to grade your job performance on a pass-fail basis.  Your final grade will be based in part on the on-site supervisor's evaluation. The letter grade of the course is assigned by the faculty advisor on the basis of your journal (including the midterm writing review), the term paper, and the evaluation of your on-sight supervisor.

Internship Requirements document

Internship Agreement document

Internship Final Evaluation