History and Anthropology Internships
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
Expectation: A student who undertakes an internship must
sign a three-way contract with a department faculty member and an
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
Arranging the Internship: Internships are arranged by the
student, not by the department. Liberal Arts Works (JH214)
maintains extensive files on internship opportunities. Butler's
Washington D.C. internship program (also coordinated by Liberal
Arts Works) 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Agreement document