As the interest in internships grows, more and more programs that offer work experience in specific fields appear. Contrary to common belief, there are quite a few offers calling out for humanists.
The thing is, they may look for valuable experience in companies whose
profile is only slightly related with what they study. A lot of
technological and production companies have a vacancy reserved for those
that studied the Arts.
In case of projects focusing on humanists, students and alumns have
no doubts that this is an offer that they may apply for. Moreover
programs such as Global Citizen
contain offers in different fields and trades, including those destined
for alumns of nowadays-popular political science or cultural studies.
Companies supposedly not linked with what humanists may have studied
also publish quite a lot of internship offers. The brand should not
discourage you! Volkswagen,
for example, needs interns not only for assembly or painting
department, but also for units responsible for internal/external
communication or human resources. Students from journalism, social
communication, international relations, public relations, sociology or
psychology have a huge chance for internship in those departments. Microsoft needs not only informaticians and programmers, but also people working in sales, marketing and HR departments.
Arts students and alumns may apply for internship in – for example - following departments: - Personel department - Administrative - Communication and public relations - International cooperation
Those units exist not only in huge corporations, but also in smaller
companies. Moreover it is not just the school you have finished and
specialization you have majored at that decided whether you will get the
job or not. Employers also pay attention to how well do you use foreign languages, your additional skills and – most importantly –your work experience, including acting in student's organizations and doing volunteer work.
The common opinion saying that the humanists are destined for
unemployment is not true. Recruiter will surely consider an application
coming from political sciences major, if you have experience that is
appropriate for a position you apply for.
The chance for humanists are internships. In case of more popular
programmes, there are usually many more candidates than vacancies, but
offers from specific companies usually reach very few students – that
reduces competition. That is why it is important to consider your
possibilites and spend your studying time not only learning theory – but
also getting your hands dirty.