The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is pleased to announce a competitive one-year cross-cultural research internship in Melvin Ember's name. The selected intern will learn about cross-cultural research through hands-on experience at the historical HRAF building on the Yale University campus.
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During the course of this exciting learning experience, interns will be involved in several new research and publication initiatives such as:

Preparing and digitally publishing open-access research modules that summarize cross-cultural research findings (with HRAF President Carol Ember)

Reading and analyzing recent cross-cultural research materials for inclusion in the HRAF open-access database "Explaining Human Culture";
Participating in an on-going cross-cultural research project.

Funding Details

The internship will reimburse expenses (living, meals, and miscellaneous expenses) in the amount of $400 per week for approximately 50 weeks beginning late June or early July of 2018, based on a 37.5 hour week. 

Travel costs up to $800 will also be reimbursed for a move to and from New Haven. 

Candidates must already have the right to work in the United  States at the time of application and have (or will have) graduated from college by the beginning of the internship. 

Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualities:  
  1. plan on graduate study in anthropology or a closely related field; 
  2. can perform statistical analyses (with at least one formal statistics course), and 
  3. have accomplished academic records particularly in their major field and/or anthropology courses. 

Instructions to Applicants

Deadline: April 1 2018

To apply, send electronic applications (subject line Melvin Ember internship) to Carol R. Ember (, President, Human Relations Area Files, to be received by the end of the day on  April 1, 2018 .  

To apply, please include:
  1. A cover letter that summarizes your interests and skills (particularly any methodological skills) and discusses why you are interested in the internship.
  2. A resumé 
  3. An unofficial transcript (an official transcript will be requested for those who make the short list), and
  4. The names of three people willing to write on your behalf.

Candidates who make the short list will be interviewed by telephone or teleconference in April.

The following is excerpted from Tulin Duda's memorial of Melvin Ember, available here.

Melvin Ember was an eminent  cultural anthropologist and a leader in cross-cultural research. As President of HRAF from 1987-2009, he boldly led the archive into the digital age.

His cross-cultural studies...on kinship, marriage, war, aggression, peace, language, and other topics, yielded over 80 scientific and professional articles, many of them were supported with grants from the National Science Foundation. He served as editor of the journal Cross-Cultural Research from 1982 until his death.

As President of HRAF, a post he held until his death, Melvin Ember advanced the two-part goal of the resource center: to build a searchable collection of descriptive primary sources on all cultures of the world and to foster its use in comparative research that would ultimately offer explanations of human behavior that are not culturally bound. 

Founded at Yale University, HRAF is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. HRAF's mission is to promote understanding of cultural diversity and commonality 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 climate-related natural hazards. To find out more, check us out at HRAF.Yale.Edu, friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Instagram and  YouTube channel. 
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