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Academic Opportunities

The Department of Anthropology has many opportunities for students outside of the classroom.

Epigenetics for Anthropologists Summer Workshop 

The workshop will provide background information on epigenetic research questions of anthropological interest and hands-on experience with basic lab techniques for isolating DNA, amplifying specific gene regions, bisulfite conversion, and pyrosequencing to measure DNA methylation at certain regions of the genome. The workshop will also include a basic introduction to coding in R so students can visualize and analyze their findings. The workshop is free of charge, and requires no prerequisites. Students must be able to attend in person for the week-long workshop (8/12/24 - 8/16/24). We encourage students with underrepresented backgrounds in science to apply.

To apply, email with a CV and a statement of interest in the program.

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Honors Series Prep Seminar



Mexican Migration Field Research Program 

Applications are now open! 


Climate Action Scholars Program

  • 2 quarter, 12 unit course series in Winter and Spring Quarters
  • Applications open till October 14th, accepting up to 25 students
  • The class will meet Fridays from 9-11:50, with occasional Friday and weekend meetings.

Sweetwater UHSD In-Person Tutoring Internship

  • Assist students, 6th to 12th grade, in recovering from learning gaps.
  • Pay based on experience
  • Monday - Friday, 5 hours a day

UC Global Health Insitute Center for Planetary Health Summer Work Experience 

  • Applications accepted through March 2023
  • Opportunity for graduate or undergraduate students to get hands on experience and work with field sites.
  • Requirements: GPA greater than 2.8, desire to learn, experience working in teams, communication skills.

Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC) 

  • Applications for Spring and Summer 2023 accepted until program filled, apply ASAP
  • 16 week educational internship, open to students virtually with in person opportunities 
  • Examine our foods systems impact on animals, climate change, Biodiversity loss, social justice, and public health 
  • More info 

Honors Thesis Program

  • Graduate with departmental Awards & Distinctions
  • Courses: ANTH 196A and 196B
  •  Recommended GPA: 3.7 (major & overall)

Anthropology Ambassadors

  • Student ambassadors of UC San Diego Anthropology Department
  • Must have completed ANTH 196A&B of Honors Thesis Program
  • Enroll in ANTH 196C to become an ambassador

Special Studies Information

  • Applicants must have completed at least 90 units
  • Minimum GPA requirement: 2.5
  • Courses: ANTH 195, 197, 198 and 199

Study Abroad and Field School Opportunities


Graduate Studies at University of Michigan School of the Environment and Sustainability

  • Masters program opportunity 
  • Useful for B.S in Environmental Anthropology/Climate Solutions backgrounds 



Anthropology Mentor-Protege Program

The UCSD Anthropology Mentor-Protege Program (AMPP) pairs graduate students with undergraduates for the purpose of offering mentorship and academic support.  AMPP will offer workshops and information sessions on graduate school applications, internships and careers in the field, CV/Resume building, and lab tours. The pairing is optional and will be arranged based on shared interests

Undergraduate students who are interested in being paired with a graduate student mentor, please fill out the Protege application.

Graduate students who with to become mentors must fill out the Mentor application.

Any questions? Please contact the Program Director, Dylan Hallingstad O'Brien at or Program Coordinator, Nancy Donald at 

Internship and Fellowship Resources

  • HACU National Internship Program  (May apply throughout the year) - Corporate Component, partners with some of the leading corporations in the nation. Opportunities for both internships and full-time employment are available.