J. Thomas May Memorial Internship


The Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) established the J. Thomas May Memorial Internship to honor the legacy of its long-term Executive Director. Many colleagues and friends have experienced Tom’s dedication to supporting and encouraging young people in developing their careers. Tom never lost sight of what he considered to be his most important mission – being an educator and mentor to our future leaders in interdisciplinary applications of social sciences. He felt it was extremely important to introduce young scholars to the myriad of applied social science opportunities that are available in the real world.

The Internship will provide funding for young people to learn how a non-profit operates by working in the SfAA Office. The Internship also will expose students to other opportunities through day-to-day interactions with sister associations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other groups seeking the expertise of those trained in the applied social sciences. 

Internship Information

Internship Information

The Internship will be for a period of 6 weeks from October 1 through November 15 at the SfAA Offices located in Oklahoma City, OK. (Given the circumstances, the internship will likely be conducted remotely for 2020.) A stipend in the amount of $1,250 will be provided to partially offset expenses.

Awardees will be encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology generally held in March or April of each year. Two nights lodging and a travel stiped of $350 will be provided. The newly selected J. Thomas May Memorial Intern will be recognized at the annual meeting during the Business Meeting.



The J. Thomas May Memorial Internship is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate or undergraduate level in a college or university during the most recent calendar year. The current major field of study should be in social sciences, or if currently enrolled as a graduate student in another discipline, the completed undergraduate degree should be in social sciences or should have a clear minor focus in a social science. An eligible student is one who does not have a previously-earned doctoral degree. For example, a person with an M.D. degree who is registered as a student in a Ph.D. program is not eligible, and vice versa.

Application Process

Application Process

Interested individuals should submit a 500-word abstract of outlining their interest in the Internship. The abstract should contain:

•    Name and contact information
•    Current field of study and academic institution
•    Undergraduate field of study if applying as a graduate student
•    Academic goals
•    Career goals 
•    Policy interests
•    Evidence of interdisciplinary interests

In addition, a letter of recommendation should be submitted from current academic advisors.

Submissions should be sent via email to: info@appliedanthro.org

Submission Deadline: August 7

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