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For Employers

Thank you for your interest in the College of Humanities! We are always looking for new business and organizations to create mutually beneficial student internship opportunities.

If your organization or company would like to create an internship program, the ‘Employer: Internship Readiness Questionnaire’ is a great place to start. The University of Utah also maintains an ‘Internship Approval Rubric.’ It is important for all employers to satisfy these requirements before anything can be posted on Handshake, which is the database both employers and students use to post and look for opportunities.

We want to make sure that all opportunities meet the clear definition of an internship, but we also want to show you the added value Humanities students can bring to your team.

The articles below provide substantial insight into why Humanities students can be a unique and valuable asset.

Becoming a partner is also an option to have an active presence at the University of Utah. Please reach out to Preston Nielson, Associate Director Employer Engagement, to learn more.


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(The Center for Research on College-Workforce transitions, UW-Madison publication, 2020)

An international student can add value to your team and organization in the following ways:

  • Bring fresh ideas and perspectives - Studies show a diverse workforce increases profits
  • Bring cultural capital - Most international students can communicate in several languages and are familiar with various cultures. Their knowledge and experiences can also afford your organization to potentially expand to markets outside of the U.S.
  • Are mature - This population has navigated lots of change; they already possess above average awareness of their surroundings, discretion, and are detail oriented.
  • Are committed - This population has moved thousands of miles away and are committed to finding the right opportunity.

International student hiring climbs for class of 2020; do not miss out on great talent!

Please note, international students are required to notify the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Utah prior to starting an internship, a part-time or full-time position or even a volunteer experience. The onus is on the student to be knowledgeable about their eligibility and to complete the required paperwork with ISSS prior to the start date.

Nearly all College of Humanities students indicated in a survey that they CANNOT afford to intern without pay. This is the financial reality of most Humanities students.

Why does this matter? It should matter If your organization or business values equity and access, and it is an important daily practice in your corporate culture.

Here are some reasons it is in your interest to pay your interns:

If you have any questions or concerns surrounding these topics, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Ned KhatrichettriWe looking forwarding to working with you!

The Internship Coordinator will not directly provide student cover letters and resumes to you for your internship or employment opportunities. The National Association of College and Employers provides rationale about why this is inappropriate and inconsistent with the established ethical professional practice.


Last Updated: 6/15/21