Why Apply for an Externship?

Because you’re not sure what you can do with your skills. The externships available through the HPRC will put you in contact with professionals with educational backgrounds similar to yours who can tell you about their paths from a humanities degree to a successful career. 

Because you’re not sure where to start. When you don’t know enough about your skills and the jobs available to you, an externship is a low-stakes point-of-entry to the whole business of figuring out your future. 

Because you don’t know what you don’t know. The way many humanities majors imagine the workplace is very different from how it actually is. Spending some time around working professionals can ground your assumptions in reality. 

Because you feel like you don’t know anything. That’s okay. The whole point is to learn things you don’t know. The people you meet during an externship were once in the same position you are, and they get it. 

Because you don’t really see how your major fits with these organizations. Spending some time in a professional workplace will show you the value of the essential critical thinking and communication skills you gain in your major.  

Because the answer to the question “Should I Apply?” is usually “YES!”

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