ERIC Number: ED171615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Student Interns in Applied Settings: Successful Adaptation to a New Econiche.
Wienker, Curtis W.
A graduate internship program in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida (Tampa) is described. The program was designed to train graduates for responsible positions in human service settings at local, state, national, and international levels. Students specialize in one of three applied tracks: public archaeology, urban anthropology, or medical anthropology. In addition to course requirements including statistics and research methods, students must spend one quarter as interns in a community agency actively involved in problem solving. The internship is intended to provide experience in practicing applied anthropology and to permit specialization in a social problem area. Mental health centers are among the organizations which sponsor interns. The internship evolves after a series of meetings between the students, his/her major professor, and representatives from the potential sponsoring agency. A contract is prepared which outlines the intern's role as a researcher at the agency. In some cases interns carry out research upon the agency; in other cases they perform research with agency staff on outside organizations. Problems of the program are few and usually result from unavailability of agency staff for supervision or consultation to the intern. Four factors have been identified as important to successful research in social agency settings: toleration of frustration, involvement of agency managers in research planning, minimization of demands on agency staff for data, and clear communication with all agency personnel at all times. (AV)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Anthropology, Community Organizations, Field Experience Programs, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Human Geography, Institutional Research, Internship Programs, Program Descriptions, Public Agencies, Research Methodology, Research Problems, School Community Relationship, Social Agencies, Social Sciences, Speeches
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Los Angeles, California, November, 1978)