Specifics/Internships with a BA in Philosophy

Philosophy majors-along with Liberal Arts majors in general-have a very wide range of job possibilities open to them. According to career counselors, the best way to connect with these job possibilities is by means of an internship. Internships are a bridge to the workplace, potentially giving you both vital contacts and valuable work-related experience. Below you will find:

I. An Illustrative List of Internships For Philosophy Majors
(Note: Each illustrative internship correlates with a specific field of work.)
II. Brief, General Remarks on the Nature & Value of Internships
III. Practical Steps To Take

I. An Illustrative List of Internships for Philosophy Majors

Note 1: This is a list of illustrative internship sites. Always look at Jobnet or Interncenter FIRST to research application procedure BEFORE contacting the employer.

Note 2: Check Jobnet and Interncenter for additional internship sites. Also check Jobnet or Interncenter for additional internships at these sites. If you contact a site and are told that the "contact" no longer works there, ask for the Internship Coordinator.

1. WA State Legislative Internship http://www.leg.wa.gov/ (search for "Internships")

Policy Internship: Student interns typically do legislative research, bill tracking, and constituent correspondence. Contact: Judi Best, Senate Education Coordinator, 360-786-7451 or best_ju@leg.wa.gov or Joan Elgee, House Intern Coordinator, 360-786-7993 or elgee_jo@leg.wa.gov

Computer Internship: Provide computer support for other interns; maintain users configuration files; troubleshoot hardware and software; program applications; and convert data. Contact: Judi Best, Senate Education Coordinator, 360-786-7451 or best_ju@leg.wa.gov

Photography Internship: Photograph, as assigned, House members in their various legislative duties. These may include situations with visiting constituents, visiting school groups, with high school pages, other interns, candid House floor and committee action. Contact: LeMoyne Coates, Supervisor, House Photo Services, 360-786-7171 or coates_le@leg.wa.gov

Video Internship: Perform videographer and general production assistant duties. Contact: Sarah Scott, Manager, House of Representatives Video Services, 360-786-7236 or scott_sa@leg.wa.gov

2. WA Institute Foundation - http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/
Washington Policy Center is a non-profit, non-partisan, free-market research organization. The Center has a strong focus on Washington State and local issues, focusing on state policy in addition to county and city policies. It also sponsors events and forums with nationally known speakers one or two times a month. Students will conduct research, file research material, and perform administrative tasks. Interns will be expected to work between 15-20 hours per week. If you would like to apply for an internship, please send a cover letter, explaining your desire to work with a free-market organization, be sure to include what you have to contribute to free-market, limited government values and include a resume, to Washington Policy Center, 4025 Delridge Way SW #210, Seattle, WA 98106 or for more information please contact, Dan Zarelli, Operations Manager, at 206-937-9691 or dzarelli@washingtonpolicy.org.

3. World Affairs Council - http://www.world-affairs.org

Public Programs Intern: Responsibilities include coordinating logistics of public programs, including assisting in developing outreach strategies, booking venues, event registration, and speaker correspondence. Attend public programs and provide program support. Support event planning of major fundraisers. Assist with marketing and publicizing events. Contact: Ms. Cynthia Hansen, (206) 441-5910, chansen@world-affairs.org

International Visitor Program Intern: Research local resources (community groups, business, etc...) and current local issues for programs and proposals. Arrange professional appointments for visitors and create full itinerary programs. Arrange home hospitality with WAC membership. Attend meetings with international visitors. Contact: Ms. Amelia Tockston, Deputy Director, 206.441.5910, atockston@world-affairs.org

4. Discovery Institute - http://www.discovery.org/
1402 Third Ave Suite 400 - Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 292- 0401 - (206) 682-5320
Discovery Institute's mission is to make a positive vision of the future practical. The Institute discovers and promotes ideas in the common sense tradition of representative government, the free market and individual liberty.

5. World Vision - http://www.worldvision.org
Contact: Ms. Pat Bittner, Human Resources, 253.815.2017, pbittner@worldvision.org
Business, marketing, communications, information systems/information technology, web, media, accounting/auditing, customer communications, international/domestic programs, legal, church relations, research and human resources internships.

6. Pyramid Communications - http://www.pyramidcom.com
Contact: Ms. Colleen Wadden, 206-374-7788 ext. 419, pyramid@pyramidcom.com

Media Relations Intern: Writing and distributing press releases and media advisories. Make follow-up calls after releases and advisories have been sent. Create and maintain press files on client-related issues.

Event Coordnation Intern: On-site coordination for press conferences, concerts, conferences, and events.

Coalition Building Intern: Assist in building and maintaining broad coalitions for client accounts, including targeting individuals and groups, letter writing, follow up and mobilizing action.

7. Seattle City Attorney's Office - Contact: Wendy Aubert, Volunteer Program Coordinator, 206-684- 0843 or wendy.aubert@ci.seattle.wa.us
Victim Services Assistant-Victims of Crime Program
Paralegal Assistant
Administrative Assistant-Case Prep Unit

8. Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition - http://www.WildlifeRecreation.org
811 First Avenue, Suite 262, Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 748-0082 - Volunteers@WildlifeRecreation.org

Online Communications: an upgrade of our website and electronic newsletter to improve design, increase content and incorporate interactive elements.

Legislative: work on an outreach and education campaign in preparation for the 2003 Legislative session when Olympia lawmakers will decide on future funding for parks and habitat.

Outreach: work with our 55 board members and 129 member organizations to educate decision makers on the importance of parks and habitat in Washington State.

9. American Studies Program (Washington D.C.) - http://asp.bestsemester.com/
Internships are designed to be pre-career work experiences that will assist the students in understanding the nature of professional life in their fields of interest. Interns have been placed in over 500 offices and agencies across the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Students intern in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. Other internships are in the arts, social services, science and the environment, business and economics, international affairs, law, journalism and communications, and with public interest research groups.

10. Northwest Environment Watch - http://www.northwestwatch.org
Contact: Ms. Rhea Connors, Internship Coordinator, 206-447 1880, rhea@northwestwatch.org
Research intern will work alongside director or research director conducting library and telephone research, analyzing data, presenting research results, and carrying out office work. This is a paid position. $1000/month, full benefits, 32 hours/week.


II. General Remarks on the Nature & Value of Internships

Internships are critical opportunities for Liberal Arts students to explore career interests, gain essential skills specific to professional disciplines, and increase their marketability to employers. Employers also benefit from internships by getting a jump on recruiting qualified and skilled employees while meeting project needs and improving processes or procedures.

An internship is a work experience that integrates practical experience in the workplace with reflection, research, and other academic work. It is a planned, structured, and supervised experience that enables students to gain career-related work experience before graduating. Internships are opportunities to "try-on" and explore various career options while developing communication, teamwork, leadership, and other industry specific skills. Graduating with internship experience is essential in today's job market.

"Over 87 percent of the employers are looking at resumes and deciding on interviewing and hiring decisions based on internships that students have completed," said Sophia Demetriou, director of the career center at City College of New York. "They will be getting full-time job offers faster and with less effort than with those students without internship experience."

Today, participating in internships is crucial for students. Internships provide students with many benefits including:

  • Gaining critical skills specific to professional disciplines
  • Greatly increasing their marketability to employers after graduation
  • Opportunities to explore career interests and make educated choices about what type of environment they want to work in after graduation
  • Gaining self-confidence in the work place
  • Learning how to interact professionally
  • Easing the transition from college to their chosen vocation
  • Earning course credit and possibly money
  • Establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking


III. Practical Steps to Take

This list of practical steps is provided by the Center for Career and Calling.

Step 1: For best results, start the process at least 5 weeks before the quarter in which you wish to do your internship.

Step 2: Do your homework - look through JobNet and InternCenter on the Center for Career and Calling web page prior to meeting with a career counselor. Bring a list of the internships you are interested in and a rough draft of your resume to your appointment with the career counselor.

Step 3: At the appointment with the career counselor you can explore your internship goals, and explore further options.

Step 4: If you are taking an internship for credit and are unsure how the internship credits fit into your overall academic schedule, meet with your faculty sponsor. Each academic department has policies about the number of internship credits you can take.

Step 5: Call each internship site you are interested in and ask the Internship Coordinator if the position is open, when it begins and ends, the hours you are expected to work, and what materials (resume, cover letter, application forms, etc.) are required for the application process.

Step 6: Complete the Learning Contract with your on-site internship supervisor and faculty sponsor.

Step 7: Register for internship credits in the Student Registration office by the date indicated in the SPU Time Schedule. (No later than 10 days after the beginning of the quarter.)

Step 8: You and your internship supervisor will receive evaluation forms near the end of the quarter. These will need to be returned to the Career Center by the end of the quarter.

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