Resources for Anthropology Students

Building your resume with specific skills and experience is essential to finding a job that will lead you to a career in Anthropology. By creating an internship that suits you and your interests specifically, you can maximize your opportunities to have a greater chance of long term career success and satisfaction. Below is a list of books and resources that can help you gain the skills to develop an internship within a specific discipline of Anthropology.

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Career Information for Anthropology Majors

Blogs for Anthropologists

Books about Internships

  • Internships for Dummies. For Dummies. Donovan, Craig P., and James L. Garnett. 2001. 
  • The Intern Files: How to Get, Keep, and Make the Most of Your Internship. Fedorko, Jamie. 2006.
  • The Successful Internship: Transformation and Empowerment.4th Ed. Sweitzer, H. Frederick, and Mary A. King. 2013.

Books about Anthropology Careers

  • Camenson, Blythe. 2004. Great Jobs for Anthropology Majors, VGM Career Horizons.
  • Gwynne, Margaret A. 2002. Anthropology Career Resources Handbook. Allyn and Bacon.
  • Nolan, Riall W. 2002. Anthropology in Practice: Building a Career Outside the Academy (Directions in Applied Anthropology, Lynne Riener.
  • Omohundro, John. 2000 Careers in Anthropology. McGraw-Hill.
  • Stephens, W. Richardt. 2001. Careers in Anthropology. Allyn and Bacon.
  • Briller, Sherylyn H. and Goldmacher, Amy . 2009. Designing an Anthropology Career, Professional Development Exercises. 
  • Alta Mira Press

There are opportunities for field work and library research in each of the four subfields of anthropology. Archaeological field school surveys are conducted alternate summers. The department engages in a series of funded projects, providing a wide diversity of research opportunities. Library holdings include resources for those pursuing cross-culture and culture-area research.

Careers for graduates in anthropology lie in both the public and private sectors of the economy and are increasing. Opportunities may be found in teaching (public school, community college and college), federal and state agencies, social services, applied health settings, museums and international business.

Additional Anthropology Resources

WWU Library Anthropology Resources - A Guide to Finding Information in the Western Washington University Libraries

American Anthropological Association - A Guide to Everything Anthropology. A great place to start looking for careers, networking opportunities, publications, anthropological news and more.

Society for Applied Anthropology- A great resource guide for all that is Applied Anthropology. 

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Cultural Anthropology

​Archaeology

Biological Anthropology

  • American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA): The world's leading professional organizations for physical anthropologists.
  • University of California Museum of Paleontology
  • H-MedAnthro: This list addresses the needs and concerns of medical anthropology graduate students, practicing anthropologists, scholars, and scholar activists who address issues of local, national and international health importance. The list and its accompanying web sites form the hub of an active research community and a storehouse for information supporting the endeavors of medical anthropologists and their colleagues in allied social science fields.

Linguistics

General Anthropology Sites

Washington Links

Research Links

Software Links

Specialized Topics

Database Links

List of Journals (from AAA)

Currently the following Anthrosource journals are available at americananthro.org
Select the relevant journal title to view its contents.