The Trinity internship program plays a major role in extending the academic process beyond the boundaries of the College. More than half of the undergraduate student body will participate in an internship at least once in their four years. These programs, which can be designed with the help of your faculty adviser, are limited only by the scope of your research interests and your ability to translate those interests into a meaningful academic program.
The Trinity Anthropology Program is fortunate to collaborate with Hartford’s Hispanic Health Council and with the Institute for Community Research. Students have the opportunity to work with the medical anthropologists on the staff of these two local institutions, undertaking research projects and internships involving issues of health and disease in a culturally diverse urban context.
Trinity students may study in any approved foreign study programs. Nearly 40 percent of Trinity undergraduates study away for a semester or a year, through a program in some 16 European countries or on five other continents. Anthropology students usually do some form of study abroad, sometimes liking this with the collection of research data to be used in a subsequent independent study or honor’s thesis project.
Students are also encouraged to pursue areas of inquiry through independent study. While foreign study is not a requirement of the major, students are encouraged to design independent projects or honor’s thesis research in countries of interest. For example, a Trinity student studying Mexican Indian cultures went to the state of Chiapas which, in the middle of a peasant revolt, represented a fascinating window on the anthropological implications of life in an area struggling for self-determination.