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Summer Internship

Applications for 2023 Summer Internship will open on December 1, 2023. See below for information from Summer 2022 application.

The Forensic Anthropology Center is pleased to offer a summer internship for non-UT students!  The internship is from May 31th to July 1, 2022.  The internship lasts five weeks and the first week is taking part of the Field Methods course.  We reserve four spots for selected interns in the Field Methods Course.  During that time, you will be one of 18 participants in the course.   The rest of the time you can sublet a place if you find one.

Afterwards, tasks of the internship include helping with daily FAC operations, including helping with the short courses, the Body Donation Program,  processing of skeletal remains, and working on your own mock forensic case.  There is not a curriculum per se but flexibility is a requirement.  You do not need to be registered in a University program as long as in your letter of intent you can indicate your goals and plans.   We recommend having taken an osteology course and having clear future goals. We encourage students who have not engaged in previous fieldwork opportunities and first generation undergraduate students to apply.

The internship is unpaid and interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and transportation.   While UT does not offer credit for the internship, credit may be available through their university.

See below for some Frequently Asked Questions about the application and internship. The application includes the application form, a letter of intent, and a letter of recommendation.  You can either email it to Dr. Giovanna Vidoli or mail it in.  The application deadline will be February 15, 2022.  Contact Dr. Giovanna Vidoli ( for further information. Application form can be downloaded here.

FAC Summer Internship Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Is the internship open to High School students?

The summer internship is for individuals currently enrolled in an undergraduate (preferably juniors or seniors) or graduate program.  We do not have an internship for High School students.

  1. Do you have to be an Anthropology Major to apply?

No, you do not have to be an Anthropology major.  However, it should be a field that is related to Anthropology, Forensic Science, or a field in which learning about human decomposition is related (i.e. entomology, soil science, etc).

  1. What are the requirements?

While we encourage having taken an osteology course, it is not a requirement as long as you have taken a Biological Anthropology course or Anatomy.  It is important that you are familiar with the human skeletal system or have handled human remains before.

  1. When is the application period?

The application for 2022 will be posted on December 1, 2021, and we will accept applications until February 15, 2022.  Decision will be made around mid-March.

  1. Can international students apply?

Yes, international students are encouraged to apply!

  1. Can I receive credit for the internship?

You can receive credit for your institution but the University of Tennessee does not provide credit hours for the internship.

  1. Do I have to attend the Field Methods course?

Yes, attendance in the Field Methods course is a necessary part of the internship.  If you have taken the Field Methods course before, we may waive that requirement.

8.  Do I need to be available the whole internship period?

While we understand that you may have to miss a day or two, you must otherwise be available for the whole period.  The internship is only 5 weeks and missing a week or so will greatly take away from your experience here.

9. Who can write my letter of recommendation?

The best person to write your letter of recommendation is someone who is familiar with your performance in the classroom, how you get along with others, your interests, and/or your fit for this internship.  This is preferably a faculty member.