Co-op for Anthropology Majors

The Co-op program is the cornerstone of the Anthropology major. Co-ops are independently developed and can be in metropolitan areas and in more remote international settings traditional for anthropological work.

Urban Co-ops

Metropolitan co-ops can range from working with non-profit organizations using ethnography to understand community needs, to training with marketing firms that use ethnographic methods to study the patterns of consumer behavior.

For example, in advertising and marketing there are now research firms that specialize in the use of ethnographic research techniques to get a detailed sense of the "consumers' worldview." These firms hire people with anthropological and ethnographic training and are a perfect site for anthropology students.

Likewise school districts, corporations, and other organizations use ethnographic research to understand the intimate forms of interaction among students, employees, and members of various social groups. The co-ops in these settings allow students to participate in the development of anthropological research to understand corporate structure and leadership patterns, consumer behavior, and the role of community service programs in larger urban areas.

Remote Co-ops

Co-ops in more remote settings allow students to use the strengths of a Drexel education, specifically the focus on technology and innovation, to aid groups of people around the world caught in the dizzying process of rapid economic development.

International co-ops can be done with a number of governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who again use ethnographic research in order to get a sense of "on the ground" activity and the ways people think about issues and problems with which they are faced. The kinds of work students can undertake throughout the world include environmental efforts, healthcare initiatives, economic development programs and social change projects.

When does the co-op take place?

Because of the small size of the program, students are encouraged to undertake co-ops in the fall/winter cycle. Students will complete their co-ops in the junior year, allowing them to produce final products—portfolios, research papers, anthropological videos or other appropriate products—out of their field research in their senior year.

Sample Co-ops

  • Fieldwork on tourism in Hawaii
  • English teacher in Limon, Costa Rica
  • Co-op with the University of Pennsylvania Archaeology and Anthropology Museum

Co-op options for the BA in Anthropology:

  • Four Year, 1 Co-op
  • Four Year, No Co-op

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