Are you getting your doctoral degree in the humanities and trying to find an internship? Perhaps you have even looked at popular internship search portals, but alas, none of the listings ask for PhD students in Medieval Studies! It is time to stop losing sleep, because you can do something about it.
The key to finding an internship is to reflect on the skills that you possess and utilize. Quite likely they are second nature to you and you’ve never paused to think of them as valuable commodities that you can use to market yourself. Students pursuing a doctoral degree in the humanities refine and cultivate skills in how to think critically, communicate their thoughts clearly and reason independently. Knowing how to interpret and engage with new ideas is something that is required in all endeavors and many employers recognize the value of engaging with someone who has acquired expertise in these capacities.
Recent surveys suggest that many of the industries in which humanities PhDs have been extremely successful are:
Seeing the different sectors in which UConn Humanities PhDs are working might give you ideas about future internships.
If you are wondering how you can find an internship within any of these sectors, read on for more information.
Consider following these six steps to start your search for an internship:
- Do research about industries and job requirements to determine your fit and narrow down your preference to choices that interest you.
- Identify 10-15 companies or organizations that are of interest to you.
- Schedule a meeting with a Career Consultant at the Center for Career Development by calling 860-486-3013, to gain advice and internship search strategies.
- Talk about your plans to find an internship with people you already know, like your faculty, other graduate students, friends, and family.
- Network with people that work in areas or organizations in which you are interested. This is often accomplished by using LinkedIn.
- Visit the Center for Career Development’s page on internships for additional information on how to get started, and even how to design your own experience.
If in doing your research you think you need to acquire or sharpen some skills to obtain a position of your choice, consider enrolling in additional courses at UConn, or choosing from the huge variety of courses offered online through different websites. (Do your research to make sure that the online course site and offerings are credible.)
If you are still not sure where you can start your search, here are some good places to begin:
- Self-design an internship at one of the many departments or offices at UConn
- Review internship databases like: HAAS Center for Public Service
- Internships with think tanks like: RAND Corporation
- Internship positions at museums like: Smithsonian Institution
- Internship positions at bigger companies like NPR and Microsoft
Use the above sites to inform your search and consider identifying employers of interest and proposing a potential opportunity. Many other such internships are available through different organizations. Do your research to determine the credibility and value of such positions. You can always meet with a Career Consultant at the Center for Career Development for assistance. Good luck with your search!