2013/12/01

Non tech internships

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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.

Summing up:  


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.

See also: Technical and business internships 

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