Student Employment Opportunities

Unpaid internships and research opportunities are listed on the Fieldwork, Internship, and Research Opportunities page.  Check them out.

Graduate Student Research Assistant: Evaluation of Title V HSI/STEM grant in CSUN College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Professor Nathan Durdella, a co-PI and lead evaluator for the project, is looking to fill a part-time graduate research assistant position with a graduate student who has an interest in the cultural contexts of higher education and can apply ethnographic research skills in educational settings.  The chosen assistant will have advanced skills in qualitative research design and methods, strong writing skills, and an ability to work independently.  The incumbent will support the evaluation of the Title V project through data collection with students, faculty, and staff; interview transcription and data analysis; and collaboration on the production of evaluation reports.  There's a possibility of publication and/or presentation of evaluation findings in scholarly venues, too.  The position will be for between 5-10 hrs/week, 10 months/year, at a rate of $15/hr.  Interested students should contact Professor Durdella directly at .

Archival Research Intern NSF-CNH (AY 2013-14)

Description:  As a Research Intern, you will work for one academic year (2013-2014) under the direction of Dr. Kirner on the NSF-CNH project.  You will conduct archival research on government and LADWP documents relevant to the last 50 years of water availability and policy, climate change, plant communities/vegetation, and land management policy in the Owens Valley, California.  Students may also conduct analysis on historical documents from ranchers and amateur botanists, including ranch journals and botanists' plant lists and observations.  You will be working to locate, digitize, and analyze the complex body of material available for understanding how climate change and its local impacts have been documented by different cultural and organizational communities over time.  You may also map some of this data through participatory GIS in a web-based interface.


Qualifications: A qualified applicant must be a current student in the MA program and demonstrate strong understanding of qualitative methods pertaining to text analysis and archival research (by having excellent scores in ANTH 475 or similar).  This position is open to both cultural anthropology and archaeology students.  Additionally, you must show great attention to detail, capacity for focus, and interest in ethnoecology, cultural ecology, political ecology, landscape archaeology, or similar.  While it is considered a benefit, it is not necessary to have been trained in geography or environmental anthropology (we will train you). 


Location: CSUN 


Compensation: $10/hour, approximately 10 hours per week, 30 weeks (for the academic year 2013-2014).  There is the potential to make this a MA thesis project. 


To Apply: Please email a letter of application (2 pages single-spaced maximum) addressing your interest in the project and qualifications required, your curriculum vitae, and a letter of reference (please direct your referee to speak to the qualifications listed above) to Dr. Kirner at by September 13, 2013. 

Instructional Student Assistant, Department of Anthropology

Announcement of Academic Student Employee Position Opening

Description:  Graduate Students needed to assistant Anthropology faculty teaching Upper Division Anthropology General Education classes.  Responsibilities may include some or all of the following: (1) read and evaluate student papers; (2) Proctor examinations; (3) evaluate student assignments; (4) evaluate student examinations: (5) maintain /submit student records (grades) (6) show videos/films to the class.  We are looking for ISAs to assist in the following courses:

  • 305:  Individual and Culture
  • 308:  Women, Sex Roles, and Culture
  • 310:  Language In Culture: Anthro Linguistics
  • 315:  Third World Culture
  • 319:  Prehistoric Archaeology
  • 326:  Introduction to Folklore

Qualifications:  Must be actively enrolled in Master' degree program in the Department of Anthropology at CSUN.  Must demonstrate substantive understanding of the topic of course to which assigned.

Pay:  $10-16.42/hour

To Apply:  Interested students should submit a letter of inquiry indicating the course (s) for which they are applying and describing their academic preparation in that area of study.  Applicants should also submit a short CV or resume highlighting their educational background and previous work experience that is relevant to the ISA position.  Please submit your resume and a letter indicating the courses you are interested in applying.  Send your application to:

Dr. Cathy Costin, Chair
Department of Anthropology
Sierra Hall 232
California State University, Northridge
Review of applications begins August 15, 2013.