Jobs & Internships

Students who wish to receive e-mail notification of new intern opportunities offered through the department of anthropology are invited to subscribe to the ALPACA (anthropology club) listserv. To subscribe please e-mail Only on-going internship opportunities are posted below, while the ALPACA listserv posts new internships as they become available. Please note that these internship opportunities are provided only for CSUSB students. For all internships, students must complete an internship application form in consultation with a faculty member from the Anthropology Department. Forms can be obtained from the Department Secretary, Patricia Massei, in SB-327.

Social & Cultural Anthropology Internships

Applied social and cultural anthropology internships can be found in a variety of fields. Opportunities are available in education, business, criminal justice, law, non-profit and cause-oriented organizations, industry, social services, healthcare, and other fields.

Students can explore their future career opportunities by doing an internship with an organization or institution in which they would like to work. The process of developing an appropriate internship begins by asking you, the CSUSB student, what is it that you really want to do after graduation? While each of you brings something uniquely different to the table in terms of your own skills and interests, anthropology students, in general, have excellent writing, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication skills, which makes them quick to learn new skills at the internship site.

Interested students are invited to meet with their faculty advisor to develop an internship opportunity that is right for them. They also are invited to make use of on-campus services, resources, and events available to them through the Career Development Center, Community University Partnership and Service Learning office, and the Center for International Studies and Programs.

There are many agencies in the greater San Bernardino area, as well as abroad, available to host student interns. For more information please contact Dr. Nadeau (Office: SB 302D; email; phone 909/537-5503).

Museum Internships

Museum Collections Assistants for Riverside Metropolitan Museum

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is seeking volunteers who have an interest in history and/or museums.  The Museum houses significant Riverside history, natural history and anthropological collections. We are currently implementing an inventory of these collections, which will be supplemented with distinct cataloging projects. Volunteers would have an opportunity to be involved in a variety of collections related activities depending upon their experience and/or interests to further the inventory and cataloging of these historical artifacts.


  • Interest in history, art history and/or museumsundergraduate or graduate students
  • Familiarity with computers
  • If interested in photography, previous experience with digital cameras preferred
  • Mature, detailed oriented individuals
  • Should be able to devote minimum of one half day per week Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.


  • Opportunity for “hands-on” experience in an accredited museum
  • Training in proper care and handling practices for historical artifacts
  • Credit-based internships are possible
  • Training in a nationally acclaimed museum collections database (ARGUS)
  • Distinct cataloging projects for course-credit could be arranged

Position Available:

  • Inventory Assistants: Data entry of collections information into ARGUS and/or physical inventory of historical collections.
  • Photographers: Digital photography of historical collections and/or importing of digital images into ARGUS

Contact Info:

If you are interested please contact Lynn Voorheis, Associate Curator of Collections, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, California, (951) 826-5273 or and see Dr. Russell Barber of the CSUSB Anthropology Department in his office (SB- 307) for an internship contract.

Volunteers for Mission Inn Foundation and Museum

The Mission Inn Foundation and Museum is conducting a physical inventory throughout the Historic Mission Inn Hotel and the Mission Inn Museum galleries and storage areas. We are seeking volunteers who have an interest in history and/or museums and are interested in learning more about what goes on behind-the-scenes at museums.


  • Mature, detail-oriented individuals
  • Interest in history, art history, and/or museums
  • Previous experience with digital cameras if seeking Inventory Photographer position
  • Team worker
  • Should be able to devote minimum of one half day per week Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.


  • Hands-on experience in museum setting
  • Training in proper inventory procedures

Position Available:

  • Inventory Assistants: Handle artifacts; Describe artifacts to Data Entry person; Affix bar code to artifacts.
  • Inventory Photographer:Photograph artifacts using Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera; Complete manual photography log sheets; Set up/move equipment.

Contact Info:

If you are interested in taking part in this challenging and rewarding inventory project, please contact Jo Kent, Museum and Collections Manager, Mission Inn Foundation and Museum, 3696 Main Street, Riverside, California, (909) 788-9556 or and see Dr. Russell Barber of the CSUSB Anthropology Department in his office (SB- 307) for an internship contract.

Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management Internships

Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), a cultural resource management firm, offers internships to undergraduate students at local colleges and universities. Students will be able to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to ongoing research projects. They will train and work with professional archaeologists in our Redlands laboratory as well as on field excavations.

The type and quantity of work available depends on the company’s current projects as well as the student’s schedule and availability, but some of the highlights of past internships are:

  • Curation preparation of prehistoric artifacts from San Nicolas Island. Students gained hands-on experience with some of the most interesting archaeological materials in southern California as they inventoried and packaged the entire collection.
  • Sorting of newly excavated materials from a coastal site near Point Mugu. Students learned how to recognize and sort basic artifact types from specialists in lithic, bone, and shell analysis.
  • Forensic archaeology. Students assisted in a large-scale forensic excavation. Forensic archaeological field methods and the recognition and proper handling of human remains were some of the skills practiced.
  • Historic archaeological excavation at Alta Vista. Students excavated and helped to survey a small historic site near Corona. They gained experience in historic archaeological field methods, recognition of historic period materials, and basic archaeological survey methods.

Statistical Research, Inc., has provided comprehensive cultural resource management consulting services in the Southwest for over 15 years. These services cover all aspects of historic preservation. With offices in both California and Arizona, we are one of the largest archaeological firms in the region. We frequently mount extensive survey and excavation efforts for both historical-period and archaeological resources as well as maintain ample facilities for data analysis and report preparation. The staff at SRI includes some of the top names in the field of archaeology. All are highly-qualified professionals with experience in a wide spectrum of specialties.

Students interested in our internships should visit our website Statistical Research Inc. and contact Dr. Peter Robertshaw at SB-327G or by email at for more details and an internship contract.

Internships are also available with the archaeologists at the San Bernardino National Forest.  Contact Dr. Robertshaw at SB-327G or by email at for more details.

For other archaeology internship opportunities please contact your faculty advisor or Department Chair, Dr. Robertshaw at SB-327G or email at .