Liberal-Arts Education and Your Career

The critical and analytical skills gained through liberal arts study at Weissman furnish graduates with the tools required for success in careers and in life in this increasingly competitive global environment.

A recent nationwide survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed employers focused on finding employees who demonstrated the ability to learn and solve problems, had written and verbal skills, and who possessed transferable skills. These competencies are precisely what are acquired through study of the liberal arts.

Another survey, conducted by AT&T, found that liberal arts majors progressed more quickly to middle and senior management positions than their colleagues with more specialized majors.

The Career Development Center

The Career Development Center works with students individually and in groups to ensure that they are prepared to meet with employers, and sets up interviews on campus. Services include: career counseling; vocational testing; mock interview training; resume reviews; career-related workshops; sponsorship of Career Days; an Internship Fair; and part-time and full-time job and internship position postings. For more information visit the CDC site or see pgs. 19-20 in the Student Bulletin.

INternship Opportunities

  • For Political Science Students:

5452 Field Work in Government and Politics

The student interested in a government or a political career is afforded the opportunity to work under supervision in a public agency or political institution. For more information see pg. 200 in the Student Bulletin.

  • For Fine and Performing Arts Students:

Advanced theatre students can write and direct their own productions as well as participate in internships with professional theatre companies. For more information see pg. 12 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Eric Krebs.

  • For Graphic Communication Students:

ART 5010 Graphic Communication Internship

Interns put their graphic training to practical use by working for a semester in the design department of a New York–based corporation, cultural institution, advertising agency, design firm, or publication. For more information see pg. 123 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Terry Berkowitz.

  • For Sociology and Anthropology Students:

3185–3186 Field Work in Social Angencies I and II

Students are placed in social agencies for 3 to 12 hours per week plus 1 hour of seminar. Under the joint supervision of the instructor and agency staff, students gain an understanding of the field of social welfare and the role of staff in assisting clients with varied needs. This course is strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate-level education in social work, counseling, or other human service professions. Prerequisites: SOC 1005 or ANT 1001, SOC 3136, ENG 2100, and departmental permission. For more information contact Professor Susan Chambre.

  • For Music Students of Management:

MSC 5050 (FPA 5070) Internship in Music Management

This course offers firsthand experience in a professional arts administration setting. For more information see pgs. 125-6 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Andrew Tomasello.

  • For Arts Administration Students:

FPA 5070 Arts Administration Internship

Interns gain firsthand experience in a professional arts administration setting. For more information see pg. 119 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Leonard Sussman.

  • For Business and Public Communication:

5010 Internship in Business and Public Communication

Students work in an organization under the supervision of both their professional mentors and the internship coordinator. Students must submit a term report describing and analyzing the experience. For more information see pg. 85 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni.

  • For Corporate Communication Majors:

5011 Internship in Business and Public Communication

This is a second course in the internship program for students interested in business and public communication. For more information see pg. 86 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni.

  • For Students of Media:

5050–5051 Media Internship

This internship provides on-the-job experience for arts and sciences or business students interested in such fields as radio, network and cable TV, newspapers, magazines, wire services, business and financial journalism, and book publishing. Offered through the English Department. For more information see pg. 112 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Eugene Marlow.

  • For History Students:

HIS 5100 History Internship

This internship will provide history students with an opportunity to apply their skills in research, bibliography, and analysis of historical data by working for a semester in a historical society, museum, institute, archive, or similar organization. For more information see pg. 135 in the Student Bulletin or contact Professor Charlotte Brooks.

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