Anthropology Career Guide

Consider joining the Human and Public Service Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Past Internship Sites:

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • Lakeshore Museum
  • West Michigan Environmental Council
  • Degage Ministries
  • Allendale Historical Society and Museum
  • Fulton Street Farmer’s Market
  • Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians, INC
  • West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center
  • Center for Inquiry

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Archeological Technician – Ecoplan Associates
  • Learning and Audience Engagement Assistant – Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Team Leader – Meijer
  • Account Manager – NH Learning Solutions Corporation
  • Strategic Account Manager – State Industrial Products
  • Communications Assistant – Talent 2025
  • Title Examiner – Western Land Services, INC
  • Hospitality Coordinator – Frederik Meijer Gardens
  • Business Development + Outreach – Come Alive Creation
  • Co-owner – Two Sparrows Farm
  • Candidate Coordinator – Manpower Group
  • Business Finance Administrator – Advantage Solutions: Sales, Marketing, Technology
  • Brand Ambassador – The McCahill Group
  • Instructional Designer/Coordinator – Meijer
  • Learning Solutions Specialist – BDO USA
  • ARCH Activity Program Leader – City of Kentwood
  • Development and Administrative Assistant – Heal Africa
  • Welcoming Michigan Communities Coordinator – Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
  • Education Assistant – Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Program Developer – West Michigan Refugee Education and Culture Center


Mary Pritchard '10 Spotlight

Mary Pritchard '10

My best GVSU memories are working at TOP (telephone outreach program) in the basement of the alumni house! I made the greatest group of friends while calling alumni to share updates and news on the university, and I still keep in touch with many of them.

Kellyn Sanders '17 Spotlight

Kellyn Sanders '17

There are so many great memories from GVSU but one I'm extremely grateful for is having the ability to take so many biomedical science courses, especially the cadaver labs.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Anthropology Club
  • History Club
  • Archeological Society
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Numerous cultural student organizations

Study Abroad Programs

Imagine working on a dig site in Israel uncovering ancient artifacts and hearing stories from biblical times, having class amongst the ruins in Rome, or discussing fundamental cultural developments and differences on a pier overlooking the Australian coast. Studying abroad offers you an invaluable insight on what makes us human.

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Archaeological surveying
  • Ethnographic interviewing
  • Understanding of human diversity
  • Statistical software
  • Presentation and speaking
  • Attention to detail
  • Project development
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Understanding language
  • Deep sense of curiosity

Graduate & Professional Programs

Students with an anthropology degree may continue on to a graduate program.  Here are some examples of programs students have pursued:

  • Public Anthropology
  • Public Health
  • Geography, Urban Planning and Community Development
  • Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics
  • Museum and Gallery Studies

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Page last modified December 12, 2022