The anthropology lab offers a number of work study positions to students with interests in anthropology, history, and museum studies. As the Anthropology Lab exists to support the program and its majors, anthropology majors are given preferential consideration when assigning positions to applicants. Under certain circumstances the Anthropology Lab will employ non-majors or individuals with academic interests outside of the field when skills, knowledge, or resources dictate.
The majority of the work our students do is related to the documentation and preservation of our archaeological and ethnographic collections. The primary activity in the anthropology lab is cataloging and inventorying our collections, which involves training in cataloging and basic analysis techniques, digitization of records, and digital photography and data entry of collections information.
Students may also be given the opportunity to work on exhibits <—link to student exhibit page> or online projects such as collections galleries, as well as conduct collections research, assist with research requests and loans, and assist with community education and outreach programs.
The range of activities encompassed by work study in the anthropology lab provide students with valuable experiences that are directly applicable to future careers in the field.