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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 placements 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 placement 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 placement positions across a wide range of fields and sectors. All Humanities@Work career placements are administered through the CWRU Career Center’s Practicum Program. Humanities@Work career placements are mutually beneficial opportunities for humanities students and community employers to collaborate.

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


Career Placement Models






•    1 semester (4 months) or

•    1 summer (3 months)



Placements 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)


Placements 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 placement


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

•    Learning objectives related to the position are defined in advance of the placement 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 placements 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 placements can be referred to as a practicum or co-op.

Benefits to Community Partners

  • Connect Cleveland students to the Cleveland workforce and community leaders
  • Contribute to the development of the future workforce in your field and community
  • Recruit and evaluate potential employees
  • Increase brand name on campus and in the CWRU network
  • Benefit from the ideas, skills, and talent of CWRU humanities students

Interested in Hiring CWRU Humanities Students?

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

Page last modified: February 3, 2017