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The Humanities@Work program connects CWRU humanities students with corporate, government, nonprofit, and other partners through community discussions, networking events, and internship, practicum, and co-op career opportunities for junior- and senior-level undergraduate students majoring in the humanities.

Case Western Reserve is one of the country’s leading private research institutions. Our undergraduate humanities students are seeking opportunities to explore non-academic career paths and gain hands-on experience in career positions across a wide range of organizations. In the course of their academic studies, humanities students develop superior skills in written and verbal communications, research and analysis of information and data, and short and long-term project management that prepares them to work in a variety of positions across every field and sector, locally and globally.

Career paths for humanities students, including students in humanities-based interdisciplinary programs, are not always as clear because their employment opportunities are so vast and often do not directly correlate to a specific major. Due to the broad and interdisciplinary nature of their studies, humanities students are not limited to positions related to the content of their academic major. A humanities education hones a student’s communication, research, and analytical skills; employers consistently list such skills when describing their ideal job candidates. Studying the humanities takes students to other times, places, and sensibilities, so they can react to a customer, an employer, or a member of the community with insight and empathy. They can imagine themselves in another person’s condition and understand a perspective different from their own. They can engage in effective dialogue and collaboration, because they are well practiced in seminar discussion, working with others, and managing projects and deadlines.

The ultimate purpose of Humanities@Work is to create opportunities for CWRU humanities students to explore non-academic career paths and gain hands-on experience in career positions across a wide range of fields and sectors. All Humanities@Work career opportunities are administered through the CWRU Career Center’s Practicum Program. Humanities@Work career opportunities are mutually beneficial  for humanities students and community employers to collaborate.

The following range of options is meant to provide each student and employer a model that best fits their individual needs and/or other constraints.


Career Opportunities Models






•    1 semester (4 months) or

•    1 summer (3 months)



Positions are part-time during an academic semester while the student is also in academic classes or part- or full- time during the summer.


•    1 summer (3 months) or

•    1 semester (4 months) or

•    1 summer and 1 semester (7 months)


Positions are full-time and students are not in academic classes.


•    Explore a career path in order to clarify career goals

•    Broader-based exploratory experiences

•    Pursue a particular, identified career path

•    A more formalized, structured, and extended position


•    Learning objectives and  evaluations are not required, but strongly encouraged

•    Learning objectives related to the position are defined in advance  and are monitored throughout

•    Students also participate in reflection assignments in consultation with a BNC faculty advisor and a CC coordinator


All Humanities@Work career opportunities ensure that humanities students receive financial compensation for their time and effort (generally 2/3 of an entry-level position’s rate). For organizations that cannot fully participate in this way, limited internal sources are available to supplement student compensation.

Depending on the organization, these opportunities can be referred to as a practicum or co-op.


Benefits to CWRU Humanities Students

  • Explore a professional field of interest
  • Develop general work experience and position-specific perspective and skills
  • Clarify career goals
  • Build a professional network
  • Establish mentoring relationships with professionals in a career field of interest


Looking for a Position?

Please contact the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at 216-368-2242 or

Other Employment Opportunities:   


Click HERE for “Resume Writing PowerPoint”.

Click HERE for the CWRU Career Center’s “Career Exploration” page.

Click HERE for “Current Jobs for Graduates,” an internship and job searching resource tool specifically for liberal arts students.


City Year was founded on the belief that young people have the power to change the world and that national service is a valuable tool to tackle society’s most pressing problems. City Year’s next application deadline for seniors interested in full-time public service or a gap-year following graduation is February 15th. City Year provides an opportunity for recent graduates to participate in public service as an Americorps member. City Year is a nonprofit, fueled by national service, dedicated to improving student outcomes in our nation’s highest need schools. Founded in 1988, and now in 28 U.S. cities, City Year unites young adults, from diverse ethnic, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service, leadership development, and civic engagement through the federal AmeriCorps program.

Serving a gap-year with City Year provides benefits of leadership and professional development for our service members. Financial benefits include a $5,815 Education Award, access to over 100 Graduate School Partnerships available to alumni of City Year, and a bi-weekly stipend. The opportunity is open to all majors, and the experience may help clarify a career path or next steps for students interested in a variety of career paths or graduate school.

Apply At:

The Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community foundation, will be accepting applications for the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship Program from January 23 – February 22, 2017.  This one-year urban fellows program provides meaningful career-related work experience and professional development within Cleveland’s public sector. Now entering its second year, this opportunity offers emerging young leaders from across the country the skills and networks needed to create the community they envision and jumpstart a career in public service.

Students that have earned a degree across a broad range of majors between spring 2015 and spring 2017 are encouraged to apply.  Prospective applicants can learn more HERE.


Experience the very best of Cleveland this summer through a paid internship (plus free housing) with Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) – not to mention an opportunity to network with students and alumni from all over the world.

SOTC internships are an explosive, 8 week immersion experience featuring:

• Paid internships throughout Cleveland;
• Behind the scenes access to explore Cleveland’s cultural offerings, neighborhoods, and leaders; and
• Free housing downtown with other interns from Colgate, Cornell, Denison, OWU, Smith, U of Chicago, and Yale.

Click HERE to apply

Page last modified: October 17, 2017