Fieldwork, Internships & Study Abroad

Screening at Corvie Bay, Kiska Island, Alaska.  Photo: Caroline Funk.

Explorers wanted!

Experiential learning is the process through which students engage with anthropology outside of the classroom setting. By participating in experiential learning opportunities, students create community, gain practical skills, and participate in activities that enhance their undergraduate experience.

Whether they continue with anthropology or try something entirely different, the anthropology department’s experiential learning programs provide students with an excellent basis to further their life opportunities outside of the university setting.

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Internships and Volunteer Experiences

Keep in mind that many internships and field schools have application deadlines, so make sure to regularly check program websites to plan your experience accordingly. To receive academic credit, it is recommended you contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies before participating in these activities. 

Note: The University at Buffalo Department of Anthropology does not endorse or otherwise support the internships and field experiences available here. This list is provided for informational purposes only.

In New York State

Field Schools

Department of Anthropology

APY 338 - Field Research

The Department of Anthropology offers a 6-week field school experience at active survey sites in the Buffalo region. Offered in conjunction with Archaeological Survey, students interested in pursuing a Cultural Resource Management (CRM) career are encouraged to participate to learn methods and practices of this field.


Çadir Höyük Archaeological Project

Çatalhöyük West Mound Project

Seyitomer Höyük Archaeological Project

National and International

  • Adelphi University (Alaska): The field school will focus on the newly discovered Holzman site along Shaw Creek where multiple hearths, large mammal bones, stone tools, and a nearly complete mammoth tusk were found dating to the end of the Ice Age.
  • Ancient Mediterranean Spain (Mallorca, Spain): In this program, students will join a team of American and Spanish archaeologists in order to engage with various landscape archaeological fieldwork techniques (mapping, 3D modeling) and other experiential ones such as sketching, photography/video, field note taking as part of the ongoing Landscape, Encounters, and Identity Archaeology Project. Offered through the University of Washington.
  • Antigua Summer Field School (Antigua): This archaeological research project is focused on exploring the rich Pre-Columbian history (2,000 years) of Indian Creek, one of the most important settlements in the Eastern Caribbean.
  • ArchaeoSpain: Travel to Spain to excavate Roman settlements including a fortress, a city (Italica) in Seville, or a necropolis.
  • Artic Vikings Field School (Greenland): This field school is a four-weeks in a rugged environment that will provide students with a crash course in Arctic Archaeology. Students will learn how to identify sites and features through landscape survey, perform “keyhole” excavations and learn how to document their observations quickly and efficiently. Scholarships available!
  • Central Washington University (Washington): The CWU Forensic Anthropology Field School provides practical experience in recovery and handling of human remains by excavating a mock crime scene and laboratory methods of forensic anthropology through analysis of skeletal cold cases.
  • CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods (New York City): The 11-day field school offers training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs.
  • College Year in Athens (Greece): CYA offers summer and winter programs  with topics such as "Excavating the Aegean," "The Anthropology of Food in Greece," and "Illegal Antiquities".
  • DANTA (Costa Rica): Offers summer field courses in Primate Behavior and Conservation and provides student experience working in tropical environments. 
  • Institute for Field Research (worldwide): The Institute focuses on research-based experiences in historial archaeology, field archaeology and museum conservation and offers 43 field schools in 24 countries including Bulgaria, Ireland, South Africa, China, Jordan and Israel.
  • Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School (Mexico): Learn ethnographic field methods on the Isla Mujeres, Mexico, located off the Yucatan coast in the Caribbean.
  • Lubbock Lake Landmark (Texas): This landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated National Historic and State Archaeological Landmark which contains evidence of almost 12,000 years of human occupation on the Southern High Plains.
  • Maderas Rainforest Conservancy (Costa Rica and Nicaragua): The Conservancy offers programs in Primate Behavior and Ecology, Rain Forest Ecology, Spanish and Pre-Columbia Art History, and the Mayan World.
  • McMaster University (Canada): The Archaeological Field School will take place on the north shore of the Cootes Paradise marsh within the property of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Off the Beaten Path (Malta, Mediterranean): Program is meant to give aspiring anthropologists an in-the-field representation of developing and conducting an ethnographic research project. Geared towards students interested in socio-cultural anthropology. Scholarships available!
  • San Gemini Preservation Studies (Italy): Taking place at the Carsulae archaeological site in Italy, students have the opportunity to conduct archaeological survey of the site's buildings, such as the public baths, or learn about analyzying and restoring archaeological ceramics.
  • Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology (Poland): Provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material in Drawsko, Poland.
  • SUNY Origins Field School (Kenya): Since 2011, the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) has offered an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a field program in the Turkana Basin that exposes them to the sciences related to human prehistory with courses in Ecology, Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Paleoanthropology, and Archaeology. Participants work directly with leading scientists and do fieldwork at active hominin fossil localities and archaeological excavations.
  • The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology (Ireland): Offered through the National University of Ireland, Galway, the 2018 field season will include excavating a late prehistoric barrow (burial mound) and some newly discovered enclosures, found through geophysical survey by students in 2017, on Knockloon hill, within the deerpark of Leamaneh castle.
  • Totah Archaeological Project: Offered through San Juan College, the summer field school takes place in New Mexcio witha focus on continuing work at Point Pueblo, a large Chacoan greathouse community dating to the Chacoan Pueblo II time period of AD 850-1150 and the subsequent Pueblo III time period of AD 1150-1300.
  • University of Wyoming (Wyoming): The fieldschool continues fieldwork at the La Prele Mammoth site in Converse County, Wyoming where students will learn careful excavation methods, screening, and mapping with a total station.  


Did You Know?

The Department of Anthropology and the College of Arts and Sciences offer funding for experiential learning opportunities? Consider applying for the Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Award, the CAS Experiential Learning Fund, or the Walker Family Experiential Learning Fund.

Study Abroad

Take part in a study abroad experience to fully immerse yourself in cross-cultural exchanges to prepare for the increasingly global world.  Visit the UB Study Abroad webpage to find out which program is best suited for you.

Study abroad courses are commonly graded S/U on the student’s record but major credit is earned. To earn major credit for your experience:

  • You are encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to departing for a study abroad program.  A meeting should address how this experience may affect your academic progress and if the courses taken during the study abroad program are elgible for major credit.
  • After returning from the program, you should submit a Petition Form and the syllabi for each course taken during the program for review and awarding of department credit.

Cultural Heritage Program in Spain

Location: Tarragona, Spain
Session: TBD

The department is excited to launch a new study abroad program, "Cultural Heritage: From classic ruins to living landscapes". Students will travel to Tarragona, Spain to engage with the historical, archaeological and cultural heritage of this region. Learning experiences will consist of lectures, guided field trips, visits to museums, and invited talks by local officials, heritage practitioners and scholarly specialists. Lectures will take place at the Catalan Institute of Classic Archaeology (ICAC), located in the heart of Tarragona’s old town.

Monteverdi Field School in Italy (Classics)

Location: Grosseto, Italy
Dates: 5/24 - 7/1/2020

Offered by UB's Department of Classics, the Monteverdi Archaeological Field School takes place in the heart of Tuscany (Italy) in the Commune of Civitella Paganico (Grosseto). The medieval village was founded in the 13th c. CE. The field school excavations focus on a late Etruscan-Republican sanctuary and related vicus as well as on a deserted medieval village, along the middle valley of the river Ombrone. These sites represent a unique occasion to investigate economies in transition and settlement patterns in the territory of south Etruria. Courses are aimed at students, early career scholars and those passionate about archaeology, classics, art history, anthropology and cultural heritage management. No prior experience is required.

Visit UB's Study Abroad page for registration details.

Independent Research

Did you discover a topic that piqued your interest during a course and you want to investigate it further?  Conducting an independent study is a great opportunity to further delve into your interests while receiving guidance and mentorship from faculty.

Students receive academic credit for their research by registering for APY 499 Independent Study and Research.

University Resources

Project Portal

Start a project to build skills and gain real-world experience for your career. The Experiential Learning Network's Project Portal is the easiest place to get started!

CAS Experiential Learning Center

The Experiential Learning Center is a resource specifically for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Undergraduate students may receive guidance from staff experts or simply use the space to research available internship, service-learning or study abroad opportunities, as well as scholarships and other funding sources.

The Experiential Learning Center
College of Arts and Sciences
732 Clemens Hall
North Campus