With the largest and most research-productive anthropology faculty in the nation, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change provides some of the best opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research, internships and co-curricular opportunities.

Students who graduate with not only a degree, but with experiences and accomplishments to put on their resumes posses a far greater advantage in finding jobs and/or being accepted to graduate programs. Research and co-curricular experiences help students to narrow their future interests for graduate training, professional schools and job applications, and getting to know faculty members outside of a classroom setting provides richer and more detailed letters of recommendation. We firmly believe that co-curricular involvement is an essential component to getting the most out of your undergraduate experience here in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

If you are ready to take this step, the opportunities in our school can be a catalyst for growing your intellectual capacity, your leadership and your ability to be innovative. You will collaborate with faculty and research teams in the lab, in the field and overseas – in ways you have not yet imagined!

Our involvement opportunities are broken down into several different categories, each with a multitude of different experiences to choose from. Get involved in one or several and experience all that the School of Human Evolution and Social Change has to offer.

Global Internships and Practicums
Study Abroad and Field Schools
Clubs and Organizations
Undergraduate Teaching Opportunities
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Opportunities
External Careers, Volunteering and Internships
Undergraduate Lounge
School of Human Evolution and Social Change Events
Join the Undergraduate Information Blackboard Site


Undergraduate Research Symposium
Each year, the School of Human Evolution and Change holds a symposium to showcase undergraduate research. Students are free to present on original research, research that is being conducted with a faculty member or on any topic related to anthropology, global health or applied math. For example, students can present on a term paper written for a class. Or students can take an experience from a study abroad program and present their interpretations or findings on the program.

Research Apprenticeship Program
Most of the world-class faculty in our school started their careers as undergraduate researchers. For many, the experience of working closely with outstanding scientists on their research projects helped them decide on their career paths, gave them mentoring, built their resumes and helped them develop skills far beyond what is possible through regular classroom instruction. Participating as a collaborator in research can significantly help students shape and reach their intellectual and career goals, as well as enrich the learning experience. It also helps students connect with a community of student peers and mentors (such as graduate students) who share their interests and passions, and to gain confidence and skills.

Undergraduate Research Award
Every semester, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change bestows research awards in the amount of $1,000 to select undergraduate students in its majors. The awards allow students to explore a topic close to their interests, giving them unique experience for graduate school in any field, in addition to building and strengthening their resumes. Students are awarded a stipend for 9 hours of supervised study each week (of the semester that they have been awarded) to carry out their own research.

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global internships and practicums

The school’s summer internship and practicum program provides a flexible way for students to draw on the international expertise of our world-renowned faculty. Working with faculty mentors, students develop individualized plans for their summer. Students can work singly or in small groups to develop their plans, meaning students might travel alone or with a few others with shared interests.

Options include:

  • service learning;
  • internships;
  • participating in ongoing faculty collaborations or research;
  • independent research; and
  • creative projects.

See our Global Internship and Practicum page for further information.

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study abroad and field schools

Field Schools
Faculty in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change conduct field schools in a variety of locations. These field schools provide hands-on experience and unique learning opportunities for students to learn different anthropological methodologies in the field. Past field schools have allowed participants to excavate Bronze Age villages in the Mediterranean, explore the Ethiopian discovery site of the famed hominid fossil “Lucy,” study the ancient cultures of the American Southwest, examine the paleoecology of the South African coast and train at the Kampsville site of bioarchaeology and paleopathology pioneer Jane Buikstra. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to expand their academic prospects and learn from some of the most esteemed researchers in their fields.

Study Abroad
Our study abroad programs allow students to learn and travel in a group with fellow students and our faculty. We integrate learning across our majors’ curriculum through looking together at specific case studies in a holistic and integrated way, and our students form community with each other and with their professors. We learn the individual strengths and talents of each of our graduates so we can help them transition into their careers and succeed as they proceed into further coursework in their majors. In doing so, our faculty are able to write very detailed letters of reference for our study abroad participants because they come to know them so well. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a diverse lineup of opportunities for students to draw on our faculty's expertise and experience by joining them in our outstanding study abroad programs.

Please see our Study Abroad and Field Schools page for further information.

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clubs and organizations

The school has two premier student-run clubs that are very active on campus and in the community. For more information about these and other clubs and organizations and how to become involved, see the following:

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undergraduate teaching opportunities

Each fall semester, we require all incoming freshman to the School of Human Evolution and Social Change to enroll in one of our school-specific student success seminars as a part of their academic success cluster. One of the greatest advantages to our school’s first year seminars is that they are taught by some of our best junior and senior students. These individuals teach a freshman seminar aligned with their major under the supervision of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change academic advisors. Teaching this seminar allows upper-classmen to mentor and share their experiences with our newest students, in addition to gaining valuable teaching experience. Please click here for further information.

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college of liberal arts and sciences opportunities

The college has many opportunities for students to take on leadership roles and get involved, such as becoming a peer mentor, a residence hall assistant, serving on student council or teaching an introduction to liberal arts freshman seminar class. Please visit the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Opportunities page for further information.

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external careers, volunteering and internships

Career Services
Career Services is available to assist ASU students and alumni with career exploration, development and implementation tailored to students’ unique talents, experiences, academic preparation and professional goals. The career advisors at the Career Services center can help students succeed at every step of the career development process, from learning about majors and career options, to hitting the job market. They offer professional career advice and are a fantastic resource for job outlook, salary and employment trend information.

University Services Learning
Through the University Service Learning office students can earn credit toward graduation for volunteering in the greater Phoenix community. The University Service Learning office provides ASU students the opportunity to link collegiate coursework with meaningful service to the community that enhances the learning process, develops leadership skills and promotes life-long civic engagement.

Internships can provide unparalleled co-curricular opportunities for undergraduate students. They give students the chance to apply concepts and critical thinking learned in the classroom to real world applications. Internships allow students to build upon practical skills and experiences that are invaluable on resumes, especially when looking for jobs post graduation, in addition to being a prime opportunity for students to begin to build a professional network. Students in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change can earn academic credit for external and internal internships that are relevant to their major.

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Undergraduate Lounge
All undergraduate students in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change are free to use our undergraduate lounge located in SHESC 140. The lounge has couches, a refrigerator, microwave, books and magazines for students to make use of while on campus between classes. It is also a great place to socialize and meet other students in the school.

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School of Human Evolution and Social Change Events
Throughout the academic year, the faculty and staff in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change hold various events, guest lectures, colloquium, seminars and workshops that students of all levels are welcome to attend. Please be sure to refer to our events calendar to keep up to date with all the exciting things happening in our school.

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Undergraduate Information Blackboard Site
All undergraduate students are encouraged to subscribe to the “School of Human Evolution & Social Change-Undergraduate Information” organization on Blackboard. Once a member, you will be notified of scholarships, study abroad programs and fieldwork opportunities as they arise. There will also be information about upcoming classes and lectures, along with general information. This is the main source of up-to-date information on the happenings of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

You can subscribe by logging onto

  1. Click on the “My Stuff” tab on the top of the page.
  2. Click on “myASU Courses” link. Another window will open up and take you to the Blackboard site.
  3. Click the tab at the top that says “Organizations.” Type in “School of Human Evolution.” The “School of Human Evolution and Social Change-Undergraduate Information” will be one of the choices.
  4. Click “enroll.” When you sign onto Blackboard in the future it will appear under your “Organizations” box. From there you can access the organization site and navigate the informational tabs on the left-hand side to find the information you are looking for.

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