Internships and Collaboration in Research Projects


Internships provide an insight into the various career fields of anthropologists, for example as in an aid agency, in a museum or in a public institution. It offers students a great opportunity to critically reflect the practical, personal, social and professional experiences of the work routine in relation to their studies and future career plans. Internships can be done during the Bachelor’s or Master’s programme. The learning objectives are to be discussed with the person in charge of the respective organisation or institution and with Professor Obrist and have to be recorded in a Learning Contract. An internship usually lasts for 3-4 weeks. After the completion of the internship the organisation or institution issues a certificate and the student writes a report. This report provides information on the learning objectives, the aims and structure of the organisation or institution, the personal experiences, the activities carried out and includes recommendations for future internships. A maximum of 2 Credit Points can be obtained as “Studentische Eigenleistung” in the Bachelor module “Grundlagen der Ethnologie” or in the Master module “Research Skills”. If the internship is of longer duration and conducted during the semester the students can apply for an academic leave of absence at the student’s office.

Research Projects

Students who are interested in participating in a research project should contact the project members of the seminar. The tasks may vary, depending on the needs and status of the research project. Possible tasks are the transcription and editing of interviews, source transcriptions, summary of readings, etc. The details of the participation have to be recorded in advance in a Learning Contract. Participation in a research project will be rewarded with 2 Credit Points in the Bachelor module “Grundlagen der Ethnologie” or the Master module “Research Skills”.