Internships at HRAF

2015 Internship in honor of Melvin Ember

LogoOrange175The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is pleased to announce a one-year internship in Melvin Ember’s name. Melvin Ember was President of HRAF from 1987 until his death in 2009. The intent of the internship is to learn about cross-cultural research and methods through practical experience. Some of the main goals will be: 1) helping Carol Ember prepare modules summarizing cross-cultural research; 2) read and analyze recent cross-cultural research with the goal of summarizing materials for researchers; and 3) learn about coding ethnographic materials by participating in a cross-cultural research project. The internship will reimburse expenses (living, meals, and miscellaneous expenses) of up to $400 per week for 48-50 weeks beginning some time in summer of 2015. Travel costs up to $800 will also be reimbursed. Hours are flexible, but are based on a 37.5 hour week.

Founded at Yale University, HRAF is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. HRAF’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the cross-cultural study of human culture, society, and behavior in the past and present. HRAF supports teaching and research through online applications and other resources with large curated online collections of annotated ethnographic and archaeological documents. HRAF researchers’ projects include comparisons of different cultures from around the world identifying and testing theories about cultural diversity and change. Topics have ranged from intergroup conflict and resource vulnerability to integrative research relating cultural responses to disaster.

Candidates should send applications to Carol R. Ember (, President, Human Relations Area Files by April 15, 2015. Please include a cover letter summarizing skills (particularly any methodological skills) and interests, a resumé, a transcript, and the names of three people who are willing to write on your behalf. Preference will be given to candidates interested in graduate studies in anthropology or a closely related field. Candidates on the short list may be interviewed by telephone or teleconference. A starting date is flexible, but we prefer to begin the internship around the beginning of September.

Further information about HRAF and its activities is at You can find more about Melvin Ember at

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