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AAA and AFA Summer Interns Selected

The 2013 AAA Summer Interns and Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) Summer Intern has been selected. Congratulations to Jeff Emerson, Jalene Regassa and Rachel Nuzman!

Rachel NuzmanRachel Nuzman will be the 2013 AFA Summer Intern. Nuzman is a senior at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is double majoring in Anthropology and English, and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Rachel notes that through her studies, she has “developed an incredible passion for analyzing cultural influence and pressure on gender and language.”

The AFA is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Nuzman will research an annotated history of the AFA, utilizing the AFA Archives housed at the Smithsonian and other sources, to mark this important anniversary. The finished product will be a useful guidebook for research and scholarship related to AFA’s mission: pedagogy and scholarship in feminist anthropology.

Please help support Rachel’s internship by making a financial contribution to the AFA-AAA Summer Internship Program.

Jeff Emerson, an AAA Summer Intern, will be working with the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval History & Heritage Command, the official history program of the Department of the Navy.Jeff Emerson A native of Iowa, Emerson is a senior at Luther College. He double majors in Anthropology and Chemistry.

Several opportunities have led Emerson to an interest in the fields of archaeometry, oceanographic archaeology and artifact conservation. Work with the National Park Service at the Klondike Gold Ruck National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska, and an internship in summer 2012 with the Nautilus Exploration Program searching for ancient shipwrecks in the Black Sea have contributed most to these curiosities.  While on the Nautilus expedition, Jeff assisted the lead scientist with geochemical research of the Black Sea’s stratified water column and the underlying sediments.  This investigation turned into the core research for his senior capstone project in chemistry to better understand the chemical processes within the water column and sediments, and how they influence the deterioration or preservation of archaeological artifacts left in situ.

 
Jalene RegassaJalene Regassa, an AAA Summer Intern, will be working with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Regassa is a senior at Colby College. She double majors in Anthropology and Global Studies. “As an Ethiopia-American, I am very much interested in exploring the ways in which African cultures interact with American cultures and people” says Regassa.

Jalene has a passion for learning, which has compelled her to become an active member of the Colby African Society. Over the past three years, She has played a significant role in revitalizing the club’s activities of representing Africa at Colby College. Her Anthropology major has been valuable in learning about the various cultures that exist in Africa and in appreciating the plurality of experiences across the continent, which she believes allows for a balanced and holistic understanding of Africa and its people.

In a recent interview, Regassa relays her excitement for the upcoming internship: “I am excited to begin my AAA internship at the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art this coming summer. I believe it is a great opportunity to further develop my knowledge while combining my growing interests in anthropology, African cultures, and art.”

The AAA Summer Internship is in its third consecutive year. The program is proudly funded entirely through member donations. This summer AAA needs to raise $8,000 to host Emerson and Regassa. The internships are unpaid; however, the students are provided housing and a meal/travel stipend. Please support these students by making your financial contribution to the AAA Summer Internship Program today.

4 AAA Career Toolkits Left – Buy Yours Today!

Students, get your hands on the AAA Career Toolkit with book The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career before it’s gone! We have four left in inventory and when they’re gone they’re gone. Buy yours today!

Applied anthropologists Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins, authors of The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press), will present a set of practical steps to assist you through the transition from your career as a student into a career in a wide range of professions that an anthropology degree can be used. The stories, scenarios, and activities presented in this book are intended to inform you how to plan for the transition from student into a career, write your letter of introduction, construct your resume, and learn how to best present your knowledge, skills, and abilities to prospective employers. Ellick and Watkins’ approach helps you create a portfolio that you will use time and time again as you build your career.

The AAA Career Toolkit includes:
Professional Portfolio File Folder
The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career by Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins (Left Coast Press)
Career Journal
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This toolkit is available for purchase at a discounted member price of $25.00. Get yours today!

From Anthropology Student to Career in Anthropology

Students, get your hands on this new product AAA Career Toolkit with book The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career

Applied anthropologists Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins, authors of The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press), will present a set of practical steps to assist you through the transition from your career as a student into a career in a wide range of professions that an anthropology degree can be used. The stories, scenarios, and activities presented in this book are intended to inform you how to plan for the transition from student into a career, write your letter of introduction, construct your resume, and learn how to best present your knowledge, skills, and abilities to prospective employers. Ellick and Watkins’ approach helps you create a portfolio that you will use time and time again as you build your career.

The AAA Career Toolkit includes:
Professional Portfolio File Folder
The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career by Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins (Left Coast Press)
Career Journal
Pen
This toolkit is available for purchase at the Membership Booth near Registration at a discounted member price of $25.00. Get yours today!

Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins will be hosting a career workshop at the AAA Annual Meeting to discuss their book and the toolkit. The workshop, Anthropology Graduates: From Student to Career, will be held today from 10am – 12pm in room Continental 1. Registration is required. The workshop is free of charge.

From Anthropology Student to Career in Anthropology

Students, get your hands on this new product AAA Career Toolkit with book The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career

Applied anthropologists Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins, authors of The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press), will present a set of practical steps to assist you through the transition from your career as a student into a career in a wide range of professions that an anthropology degree can be used. The stories, scenarios, and activities presented in this book are intended to inform you how to plan for the transition from student into a career, write your letter of introduction, construct your resume, and learn how to best present your knowledge, skills, and abilities to prospective employers. Ellick and Watkins’ approach helps you create a portfolio that you will use time and time again as you build your career.

The AAA Career Toolkit includes:
Professional Portfolio File Folder
The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career by Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins (Left Coast Press)
Career Journal
Pen
This toolkit is available for purchase via the AAA online store at a discounted member price of $25.00. Get yours today!

Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins will be hosting a career workshop at the AAA Annual Meeting to discuss their book and the toolkit. The workshop, Anthropology Graduates: From Student to Career, will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 10am – 12pm. Registration is required. The workshop is free of charge.

Anthropologists Unite in Face of Tornado Tragedy

Anthropology students at U of Alabama take heroic measures to help the Tuscaloosa community in the tornado aftermath.

As tornadoes devastated communities through the United States, students and faculty have united to help their communities and one another. From Shaw University to the University of Alabama, semesters may have ended early; however, damage clean up still remains.

Anthropology students at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa wasted no time in creating their own clean up crew. During the clean up, Ian Brown took photographs of the efforts and put together the video below to share with others a small piece of life as an anthropology student at the University of Alabama.

A special thanks to Becky Read, a doctoral student in Biocultural Medical Anthropology, for sharing this coverage on the AAA Facebook page.

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