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Ritzenthaler Museum Research Internship in Anthropology

The UW-Milwaukee Anthropology Department and the Milwaukee Public Museum Anthropology Department offer a collaborative internship for graduate students in Anthropology enrolled in the Museum Studies Program at UW-Milwaukee during the Spring semester of each year. Supported by the Robert Ritzenthaler Fund through the UW-Milwaukee Anthropology Department, the internship offers a $600 stipend.

The internship depends on project and supervisor availability and may require previous experience and/or classes. The intern will be required to commit to at least 125 hours of internship work to the project during the semester of the internship.

The application should consist of a project proposal of two to four pages. The proposal should state why the applicant wants to work with a specific anthropology collection at the Museum; provide a detailed description of the research and expected outcome; and explain how the internship will benefit their short-term academic/professional goals as well as how it will benefit the Museum. Selection of the award recipient will be based on...

  • the availability of a compatible internship/appropriate collection
  • the quality of the applicant's proposal
  • the applicant's demonstrated abilities and potential.

Proposals are evaluated by a subcommittee of the Museum Studies Advisory Committee. The Call for Proposals is distributed to all eligible Museum Studies students each Fall.

Direct applications to Dawn Scher Thomae, Collections Manager/Associate Curator-Anthropology at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Please contact her at or (414)278-6157 if there are any questions.

The Ritzenthaler Museum Studies Thesis Award

The Ritzenthaler Museum Studies thesis award is given to the best museum studies-related Masters or PhD thesis in Anthropology completed in a given year. Students must be nominated by their academic advisors.

The Museum Studies Committee member or Anthropology faculty member who has supervised a Museum Studies-based thesis can nominate any Anthropology thesis of appropriate quality if it has a museum studies content. If the thesis content is not related to museum studies, under the terms of the award it cannot be nominated. If only one thesis is nominated, and the award committee votes in favor of granting the award, then that thesis will receive the award. If there are no theses that the Committee feels are qualified for nomination, then no award will be made that year. The award amount is $499.