Internships & Career Readiness

PAH Internships

Develop Career Readiness While Making Meaningful Contributions to Life in the Community and Beyond

Applied Humanities students prepare for their future by gaining insight into their important career-advancing and transferable skills, contributing to partner agencies in meaningful and substantive ways, developing entrepreneurial and collaboration skills, and exploring and enhancing life in the community and beyond. The required internship and career readiness experiences bolster student confidence and understanding of the job market and careers that await upon graduating from the university.

For Students: Planning Your Internship and Career Readiness Experiences 

Details: In addition to completing challenging and future-oriented humanities and emphasis-area coursework, where you gain innovative skills that allow you to convert understanding into action, you'll complete two semesters of career readiness coursework.
The first course is PAH 383—Pre-Internship: Building Career Readiness. Participation in the course helps you identify transferable skills, creates opportunities for career discovery, and provides guidance on developing or enhancing tools needed for professional careers, such as resumes, cover letters, and pitches. The suggested timing for this course is during your sophomore year.
The second course in the sequence is PAH 493—Internship, and is designed to maximize specific learning during the 120 contact hours. Students gain diverse skillsets while completing internships in varied industries and with public and private agencies, located locally and globally. You may also use the internship to explore your own entrepreneurial interests.
Finding an Internship: Much like when you launch your career, it is your responsibility to search for and secure your internship. The task of searching for an internship may feel overwhelming—rest assured that is a common feeling. Every Applied Humanities student is supported by the Internship Director—Stephanie Springer—during the internship search (which begins during PAH 383) and throughout the internship itself.
Once you've secured an internship, you'll collaborate with Stephanie and your mentor or supervisor at your internship agency to formalize the experience with the UA by submitting an Internship Work Plan. As a note, for academic credit to be awarded, the University requires (1) you to be enrolled in PAH 493 during the same term that you're completing your internship contact hours, and (2) you to participate in the PAH 493 class activities.


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers:
  • What kinds of internships have other Applied Humanities students completed?
    • Internship opportunities abound for students in the Applied Humanities. We've had students intern with a southern Arizona social media strategy consulting group, a Phoenix small business, nonprofits based out of Tucson, Phoenix, and Washington DC, a California real estate agency, an international beauty supplier, an Atlanta modeling and artist representation agency, a fashion and beauty TikTok influencer, a Tucson physical therapy provider, a COVID contact tracing team, a rural community food bank, a Tucson architecture firm, a Sacramento design and construction company, the UA Design Lab, and with branches of national companies including Honda and Penske. We’ve also had students launch their own creative-focused small business.
  • Am I still restricted to fully remote internships or can I pursue an internship that involves in-person activities?
    • Given Covid-19, fully remote internships remain the preferred type of internship as a remote internship is the least likely to be disrupted due to circumstances outside of our control.  This said, University policy does allow for internships with in-person internship activities.  
  • What should I do when I have additional questions?
    • Learn more about internship policies, frequently asked questions, and support provided to the student by reviewing the Department's Internship Manual, and by reaching out to Stephanie Springer.

For Partner Agencies: Hosting an Intern

Supporting Student Learning: The internship experience is a carefully monitored learning experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what they are learning, while also completing work that is meaningful and substantive for the partner agency. Each internship experience is individually designed, and planned for with insight from the student intern, site supervisor, and Internship Director. 
Partner Agencies Benefit: When hosting an intern, partner agencies benefit from the student intern’s fresh perspective and enthusiasm for learning. Often, due to the student’s meaningful contributions, there is increased productivity and added capacity to advance special projects and initiatives. An additional benefit is that the partnership creates a pipeline of future employees. 
Learn More: Read more about internship policies, frequently asked questions, and expectations of partner agencies by reviewing the Department's Internship Manual
Share Your Opportunities: Partner agencies are invited to advertise internship and/or career opportunities to students through targeted advertisements to Applied Humanities students, or through Handshake, the UA’s database for internship and job announcements. 

Student Internship Spotlights

Nanny turned Entrepreneur

The Nanny Entrepreneur

Katelyn Cole developed her business and innovation skills, as she explored entrepreneurship opportunities in the nannying industry.

Launching a Community Perseverance Center

Tucson Center for Black Life

Kaylee Taray interned with the Tucson Center for Black Life, and gained experience in launching a new organization.

College Recruitment and Retention

The University of Arizona's College of Humanities

Madilynn Melodia interned with the College of Humanities, and gained experience in college recruitment and retention.

Social Media Management and Marketing

Butterfly Social Media Management Services

Liz Prado interned with Butterfly Social Media Management Services and gained skills in social media management and marketing.

Client Services and Product Sales

Curriculum Associates

Mia Loisel interned with Curriculum Associates, and gained experience in the education services industry.

Development and Communications

314 Action

Taylor Gonsalves interned with 314 Action in Washington, DC, and gained experience in donor research and public relations.

Delivering Culinary Arts Instruction

Mica Mountain High School

Hannah Stevens assisted with the delivery of a culinary arts curriculum during her internship at a local high school.

Museum Inventorying and Research

Tucson Center for Black Life

Safia Francis interned with the Tucson Center for Black Life and gained experience in museum inventorying, cataloging, and researching artifacts.

Finance and Product Line Estimating

Raytheon Technologies

Krystin Vidal interned with Raytheon Technologies, and gained experience in product line estimating and financial analyzing.

Donor Development and Alumni Relations

Eller College of Management

Brooke Elford interned with the Eller College of Management, and gained experience in donor development and alumni relations.

Clothing Brand Entrepreneur


Vanessa Centorami developed her entrepreneurship skills, as she launched her own clothing brand, ICYY.

Product Positioning and Branding

A Golf Agency - "AG"

Alex Vaughan leveraged his network to secure an internship with A Golf Agency, and his contributions were focused on product positioning and marketing of boutique golf brands.

Parametric Design

Tectonicus Constructs, LLC

Cameron Behning interned with Tectonicus Constructs, LLC, and made parametric design contributions to a US Department of Energy solar panel project.

Fashion and Beauty TikTok Influencing

Sarah Scoop

Samantha Steinberg interned with Sarah Scoop, and gained experience in social media influencing.

Customer Service and Sales

T&T Coast Buick GMC

Mackenzie Dunne interned with T&T Coast Buick GMC, and gained experience in customer service and sales.

Creating Pandemic Education Activities


Karina Martínez partnered with global collaborators to create Corona-Ninjas, a coronavirus educational program for primary-school aged kids.

Design and Construction Engineering

Hensel Phelps

Nick Woehrel interned with Hensel Phelps, and gained experience in design and construction engineering.

College Recruiting

The University of Arizona's College of Humanities

Taylor Mandell interned with the College of Humanities, and gained experience in college recruitment.

Retail Merchandising Operations


Isabel Black interned with Crate&Barrel and gained experience with retail merchandising operations.

Addressing Health Disparities

The University of Arizona's Asian Pacific American Student Affairs

Kharen Morgan gained experience in using social media platforms to address health disparities during her internship with the UA's Asian Pacific American Student Affairs.

Hobbyist turned Entrepreneur


Zsalina Allen developed her entrepreneurship skills, as she launched her polymer clay small business, ZsasClayCreations.

Creative Directing

Mac Duggal

Sydney Shanine interned with Mac Duggal, and gained experience in creative directing in the fashion industry.

Web Communications Management

Masters Barber Lounge

Haolin "Harry" Wang pitched an internship idea to a local business, and he became the company's Web Communications Manager.

Small Business Hospitality

d'Vine Wine

Lauren Gustafson interned with d'Vine Wine and gained experience working in the hospitality industry.

Brand Campaigns

Kevlar Rose Agency

Michelle Toom interned with Kevlar Rose, a creative talent agency, and gained experience executing brand campaigns.

Cancer Prevention and Control

Student Transformative Experiences to Progress Under-represented Professionals

Kharen Morgan completed an internship with STEP-UP and contributed to important research in cancer prevention and control.

Accounts Receivable

Scott Robinson Honda

Xavier Bell interned with Scott Robinson Honda and gained experience in accounting and financial reporting.

Fashion-Focused Public Relations

Michele Marie PR

McKenna Murphy interned with Michele Marie PR and gained experience in fashion-focused public relations.

Tackling Food Insecurity

Greater Vail Community ReSources

Luis Ateca interned with ReSources, and gained experience in grassroot responses to food insecurity.

Fostering Life Skills

LifeSTEP (Life Skills Training and Enhancement Program)

Lindsey Riordan taught life skills to school-aged youth as part of her internship with LifeSTEP.

Shipping Operations


Ethan Ten gained insight into shipping operations with his internship at Spongellé.

Door to Door Sales

NorthStar Home

Edward Salido interned with NorthStar Home and gained skills in perseverance and communication.

Small Business Administration

Angel's Pallet, LLC

Monica Carranza interned with Angel Pallet, LLC, and gained experience in Quicken, Excel, and other aspects of managing a small business.

Physical Therapy

Athlon Physical Therapy

Jason Hale interned with Athlon Physical Therapy, and gained experience in patient services and therapy practices.

Healing Techniques

Tucson Biofeedback

Anna Jovien joined Tucson Biofeedback's team for her internship and gained insight into frequency healing techniques.

Nonprofit Marketing and Development


Lauren Beers interned with ACCEL, and gained experience with marketing and development in the non-profit sector.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The University of Arizona's Covid-19 Contact Tracing Team

Marissa Shupe interned with the University of Arizona's COVID-19 Contact Tracing team, and helped protect the public's health during the pandemic.

Entrepreneurship and Re-Branding

During her internship, Nina Ocampo sought out feedback for her entrepreneurial pursuits and re-branded her own clothing company.

Emergency Medicine Education

U.S. Department of Defense

James Hanna provided field and clinical emergency medical training for Army Reservists during his internship with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Global Business Operations and Marketing Strategy

Miracle Beauty

Fahed Alneyadi interned with Miracle Beauty, and gained experience in multi-national business operations and marketing strategy.

Empowering Women Through GED Tutoring

YWCA of Southern Arizona

Alice Dewes empowered women through her GED tutoring services provided during her internship with the YWCA of Southern Arizona.