Mackenzie Carlson

Intern name: Mackenzie Carlson

Major(s)/Minor(s): Sociology Major and Chinese minor 

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Student Researcher at the CSB/SJU Anthropology department. 

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? When we were trying to find more hours to supplement virtual internships a friend told me that the professors were open to having student researchers.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? I recruited for, conducted, and transcribed interviews, contributed to the interview guide, helped create a code book, coded interviews, and came up with ideas to help address issues studied in the project.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? I got to participate in each stage of a research project, so I feel prepared to do my own research project if needed like in graduate school.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I was surprised to find out how many people were willing to participate in the study. I learned that you just have to ask, and a lot of people will say yes. If we hadn't been willing to reach out to strangers to ask them to participate, we would not have gotten nearly as many participants.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? These projects are both team projects, so I've learned more about communication, coordination, and general teamwork that will be helpful at any job where I work closely with others.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? It is a great way to learn more about the research process for anthropology and get experience doing it. The professors have been great and seem to appreciate the extra help, so just ask if you're interested and they'll probably be glad to have you help.