What Can I Do With a Major In Anthropology?

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    Explore this Major

    Learn more about the anthropology major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and anthropology majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong cross-cultural knowledge and understanding, ability to conduct and explain anthropological and scientific research, ability to work well with diverse groups, and strong written and verbal communication skills.

    Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IRE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.
     
     
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    Internship & Job Search Websites

    Student Groups

    Professional Organizations

    Graduate Programs in Anthropology & Related Fields

    This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

    • Master of Arts, Applied Linguists. Postgrad job: English Language Teacher, International Institute of Minnesota
    • Master of Science, Forensic Anthropology and Archeology. Postgrad job: Operations Associate & Salesforce Administrator, Privia Health

    Alumni Career Examples

    Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

    Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

    Nonprofit & Advocacy

    Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

    Internships

    • Refugee and Asylum Project Intern, Advocates for Human Rights
    • International Justice Intern, The Advocates for Human Rights
    • Intern, CLUES
    • Research Assistant, Species 360
    • Presidential Secretary, StoryTime
    • Intern, Minnesota Aids Project

    Entry-Level

    • Program Coordinator, American Refugee Committee
    • Youth Development Volunteer, Peace Corps
    • Archeological Collections Associate, Science Museum of Minnesota
    • Administrative Assistant, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
    • Employment Specialist, Employment Action Center
    • Research Assistant, Center for Homicide Research
    • Assistant Administrator, Elysium Society
    • Special Events Coordinator, March of Dimes
    • Communication Specialist, National Wind

    Experienced

    • Programme Design Officer, World Food Programme
    • Administrative Coordinator, Greenheart International
    • Case Manager, Resource INC.
    • English Instructor, Peace Corps
    • School-Based Match Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
    • Development & Events Coordinator, Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance

    Graduate Programs

    • Master of Arts, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, Hamline University. Job post grad: Development & Events Manager, Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance
    • Master of Arts Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management, School for International Training. Postgrad job: International Relations Manager, Greenheart International
    Education

    Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

    Internships

    • Research Intern, Center for Integrative Leadership (UMN)
    • Senior Mentor Program Intern, International Buddy Program (UMN)
    • Education Intern, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
    • Classroom Visit Intern, Learning Abroad Center (UMN)

    Entry-Level

    • Senior Secretary, The University of South Dakota
    • English Teacher, Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain
    • Coordinator for African American Recruitment and Admissions Counselor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    • Field/Lab Technician, Great Lakes Archaeological Research Center (UW-Milwaukee)
    • Bursar, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

    Experienced

    • Outreach Coordinator, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
    • Manager of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, Humphrey School of Public Affairs - University of Minnesota

    Graduate Programs

    • Master of Arts, Educational Leadership, Mankato State University. Job post grad: Enrollment Advisor/Cultural Liaison, Hennepin Technical College
    • Master of Arts, Higher Education, Policy, and Administration. Job post grad: Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota
    • Master of Education, Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania. Job post grad: College Support Manager, KIPP DC
    Arts

    Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

    Internships

    • Dinosaur Intern, Minnesota Zoo
    • Curatorial Assistant, Bell Museum of Natural History
    • Special Events and Marketing Intern, Science Museum of Minnesota
    • Evaluation Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
    • Archaeological Collections Management Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
    • Intern, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
    • Cultural Landscape Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
    • American Indian Museum Fellowship Intern, Minnesota Historical Society

    Entry-Level

    • Education Specialist, The Bell Museum of Natural History

    Graduate Programs

    • Master of Arts, Museum Studies, Purdue University
    Government & Law

    Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

    Internships

    • Legislative Intern, Minnesota House of Representatives
    • Virtual Student Foreign Services  eIntern, U.S. Department of State
    • Constituent Advocate Intern, Office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

    Entry-Level

    • Naturalist, City of Minneapolis
    • Human Service Representative, Hennepin County
    • Claims Assistant, Department of Veteran Affairs
    • Legal Assistant, Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozic PLLC

    Experienced

    • Veterans Service Representative, United States Department of Veterans Affairs

    Graduate Programs

    • J.D., Law, New York University Law School. Post grad job: Litigation Associate, Debevoise & Plipton
    Healthcare & Science

    Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

    Internships

    • Archeology Lab Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
    • Research Intern, Masonic Cancer Research Intern (UMN)
    • Research Intern, Programs in Health Disparities (UMN)
    • 3D Scanning Intern, Anthropology Department (UMN)
    • Student Research Assistant, Anthropology Department (UMN)
    • Intern, Mountain States Regional Genetics Network

    Experienced

    • Operations Lead, University of Minnesota Physicians
    • Human Resources Payroll Specialist, Fairview Health Services

    Graduate Programs

    • Nursing, University of Minnesota
    • Global Health, Emory University
    • Dental Surgery, University of Minnesota
    • Master of Arts Healthcare Administration, Saint Mary's University.  Postgrad job: Director of Clinical Operations, Family Tree Clinic
    • Master of Science, Public Health, University of Minnesota
    Business

    Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

    Internships

    • Web Content & Business Liaison Intern, Sons of Norway
    • Internal Communications Intern, Marvin Windows and Doors
    • Digital Product and Web Marketing Intern, Architectural Antiques

    Entry-Level

    • Team Assistant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
    • Consumer Sales Contractor, Coloplast
    • Executive Team Lead Human Resources, Target
    • Team Lead of Administrative Staff, Logistics Health
    • Business to Business Account Manager, Best Buy
    • Inside Sales Account Manager, Cord-Sets Inc
    • Communication Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
    • Customer Care Analyst, The Hartford
    • Cultural Coordinator, Sons of Norway

    Experienced

    • Social Media Community Manager, Sprint
    • National Sales Manager, Cord-Sets Inc
    • Bilingual Customer Service Manager, Enzacta International
    • Communications & Events Coordinator, Cortina Productions
    • Personal Banker, Lloyds Banking Group
    • Web Developer & Marketing Specialist, Black Hills IP

    Graduate Programs

    • Human Resources (certificate), University of Minnesota
    • MBA, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Postgrad job: Business Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

     

    The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.