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Student Internship Program

Student FAQs | Sponsor FAQs

The Anthropology Internship Program creates partnerships between qualified anthropology students and sponsors who offer learning opportunities in the industry. An internship allows students to gain real-life experience and skills in a professional setting. Employers benefit from students with fresh ideas who aspire to work within the university or in an external applied environment.

Most anthropology students are encouraged, but not required, to pursue internships during the program. Student interested in internships should first meet with Dr. Dillon Mahoney to discuss your interests and program requirements. You may find the
syllabus here. Most internships are unpaid, volunteer-style opportunities, but for which you can receive course credit. Please inquire about a zero-credit option.

Internship Course Flyer

Student FAQs

Why should I do an internship?

Internships offer valuable work experience and can help you build your résumé, expand your professional network, and help you identify what kind of work you would like to pursue post-graduation. Students who have completed internships are often considered to be the most marketable.

When can I do an internship?

Students are eligible for internships based on certain prerequisite courses and a minimum GPA. See Dr. Dillon Mahoney
Email: or Undergraduate Advisor Elicia Kimble Dick
Email: for more information.

What is the process for getting credit for my internship?

  • To start the process, fill out the student application form and turn it in with your résumé and copy of your DegreeWorks to Dr. Dillon Mahoney. The best time to do this is in the semester proceeding the one in which you wish to intern. You do not need to have secured an internship at this point.
  • Send your application materials (cover letter, résumé, etc.) to prospective intern sponsors.
  • Once you have secured an internship opportunity, have your sponsor complete the sponsor form and return it to Professor Mahoney.
  • At that point, your application will be reviewed and, if approved, you will receive an email with information on how to register for the course.
  • Credit will not be provided for past internship experiences.

What are the expectations for students doing internships?

  • Interns are expected to follow the guidelines of their workplace and be responsible, punctual, and positive representatives of the Anthropology Department.
  • Interns with concerns about their internship sponsor or the work they are assigned to do should contact Professor Mahoney for assistance.
  • Interns need to meet the minimum required hours for the number of credit hours they are receiving, which is a minimum of 40 hours per semester.
  • Interns will need to keep a weekly journal, write a reflection paper, and create a portfolio. Interns will also complete an evaluation of their sponsoring organization.
  • Interns should work with their sponsor to set up start and end dates, as well as weekly hours. You are not expected to work during times when the university is closed (spring break, etc.), but should clear this with your supervisor.
  • Students are required to read the syllabus to fully understand the expectations of the course.


Sponsor FAQs

Why should I hire a USF intern? What does an intern do?

  • USF interns are generally hard-working students who wish to gain experience in a particular field or industry. They can contribute to an organization through their skills and fresh ideas.
  • The internship should be a learning experience that provides the student with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and acquire real-world skills. Students are not expected to perform more than minimal general office work or should not be asked to perform personal tasks for employees.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid; paid internships are, while rare, obviously more appealing to students and draw the strongest applicant pools.
  • All intern sponsors should be aware of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

How do I hire a USF student as an intern?

  • Please contact Career Services at or at 813-974-2171 in order to register as an employer in the USF Employ-A-Bull portal, which lists jobs and internships for students.
  • To work directly with anthropology students, please contact Dr. Dillon Mahoney at
  • We suggest that you check references for any student prior to hiring.
  • You will need to fill out a  sponsor form before the internship can be approved and the student can start working.
  • At the end of the semester, you will be expected to fill out an evaluation form so the student can receive a final grade.

How many hours will students work?

In the Anthropology Department our internship is a 2-4 credit-hour course. A student works a minimum of 50 hours during the term, although that can be expanded based you’re your needs and the student’s interest.

What else should I know?

  • Unless hired as an employee, the title of student interns should be “intern” and they should not be presented to clients or prospective clients in any other manner.
  • It is recommended that students set regular weekly schedules and that any changes be discussed ahead of time. Please respect these schedules. Students have other commitments outside of their internships, such as classes or other jobs.
  • Students should not be expected to work during university breaks (e.g., Spring Break, federal holidays).
  • Students should be reimbursed for any expenses including mileage, tolls, or parking fees incurred while on the job.
  • Please contact Dr. Dillon Mahoney with any questions or concerns about the student.