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 organizations 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 three 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 careers, such as resumes, cover letters, and professional 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 required to earn three units. Students gain diverse skillsets while completing internships in varied industries and with public and private organizations, located locally and globally. You may also use the internship to explore your own entrepreneurial interests.
The third course is PAH 498 (Senior Capstone). This culminating course in the sequence helps you synthesize the career readiness learning and experiences you have accumulated while working on your Applied Humanities degree. The course emphasizes broadly comprehensive knowledge about life skills and personal self-knowledge practices, and is intended to bolster your confidence for, and understanding of, possible life paths that await you upon graduating from the University.
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—this is common. Every Applied Humanities student is supported by the Internship Team—Stephanie Springer and Brittney Crawford—during the internship search (which begins during PAH 383) and throughout the internship itself.
Once you've secured an internship, you'll collaborate with the Internship Team and your mentor or supervisor at your internship organization 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. Read advice from Applied Humanities who have already completed their internships by checking out the Internship Spotlights below.
  • What should I do when I have additional questions?

For Partner Organizations: 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 organization. Each internship experience is individually designed, and planned for with insight from the student intern, site supervisor, and Internship Team. 
Partner Organization Benefit: When hosting an intern, partner organizations 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 organizations are invited to advertise internship and/or career opportunities to students through targeted advertisements to Applied Humanities students, and through Handshake, the free online career platform which the University uses for internship and job announcements. 

Student Internship Spotlights

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.

Launching an eCommerce Storefront


Madeline Diggs interned with Inthai in Barcelona, Spain, and helped launch the furniture design company's eCommerce storefront.

Human Resources Management

Orveon Global

Jordanna Skopp interned with Orveon Global and gained experience in human resource management for the beauty 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.

Visual Merchandising Management

Winston Retail

Ashley Robertson supported account management and training and leveled-up her Excel skills at Winston retail.

Fashion Buying

Ross Dress for Less

Sarah Dugally interned with Ross Dress for Less and gained experience in fashion buying.

Community Public Health

Clinica Amistad

Zyanya Salinas supported clinicians and patients at a free health clinic serving Tucson’s low-income, uninsured community.

Clothing Brand Entrepreneur


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

Sharing the Benefits of a Humanities Education

The University of Arizona's College of Humanities

Madison Doser interned with the College of Humanities and preached the benefits of a Humanities education.

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.

Health Education with a Health Disparities Focus

The University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center

Genevieve Craven interned with the University of Arizona's Sarver Heath Center and delivered health education with a health disparities focus.

Learning from Student Stories

The University of Arizona's iVoices Lab

Kali Stecker contributed to the iVoices Lab to understand how students shape stories through social media and how social media shapes our world.

Social Media Content Creation

HiFi Social

Cecily Rauh managed five social media accounts and supported public relations strategy for HiFi Social.

Soccer Operations

FC Tucson

Carter Noble interned with FC Tucson and gained experience with soccer game day and 'behind-the-scene' club operations.

Peer Career Coaching

UA Student Engagement & Career Development

Bridget Campbell supported UA students in their career discovery and job and internship searches as a Career Peer Coach.

Social Media Content Creator

The American Literary Translators Association

Maria Torres created social media content for The American Literary Translators Association.

Insurance Sales and Administration

Farmers Insurance

Darionne Williams developed skills in insurance sales while enhancing her customer service and administration experience at Farmers Insurance.

Health and Medical Advocacy

International Rescue Committee

Anthony Margules interned with the International Rescue Committee and advocated for the healthcare needs of refugee and asylee clients.

Peer Mentoring

Project FOCUS

Jazy Farmer-Hite provided support for students with disabilities in inclusive University environments and gained skills in communication and problem solving.

Fashion and Beauty TikTok Influencing

Sarah Scoop

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

Non-profit Development and Fundraising

The University of Arizona Campus Pantry

Sophia Smith-Gatto interned with the University of Arizona's Campus Pantry and developed skills in non-profit development and fundraising.

Museum Collections 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.

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.

Sales and Market Research

Carolina Thomas, LLC

Emma Barrington interned with Carolina Thomas and gained experience with school bus sales and market research.

Sales in the EdTech industry

Curriculum Associates

Calvin Welch interned with Curriculum Associates and gained experience in the EdTech sales industry.

Office Management and Customer Service

Illinois Cheer Enterprises

Marren Pollack interned with Illinois Cheer Enterprises and gained experience in office management and customer service.

Client Management


Courtney Linke interned with Paradox, an AI-recruitment technology company, and gained skills in client management.

Silkscreen Production and Business Operations

INX Prints

Molly Haase interned with INX Prints and gained silkscreen production and business operation skills.

Social Media Talent Management

The Clementine Group

Bridget Campbell developed skills in talent management at a remote startup creator agency.

Entrepreneurship and Re-Branding

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

Digital Story Archiving

The University of Arizona's iVoices Lab

Ielyzaveta Vilchynska contributed to a digital story archiving project with iVoices Lab to understand students' stories about tech in their lives.

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.

Supporting Children as a Registered Behavior Technician


Brandyn Blissitt interned with UCPSA-Ascend and provided reliable and compassionate care to children with disabilities.

Research for a Healthcare Documentary

America's Health

Olivia Babler-Lopez pitched an internship to conduct research on U.S. healthcare policies and practices for a documentary.

Social Media Management and Branding

The Mayfair Group

Isabel Harshe gained skills in brand strategy by managing TikTok content for The Mayfair Group.

Fashion Merchandising & Social Media Management


Brooke Spencer developed skills in fashion merchandising and social media content management as a sales associate at Swindlers.

Entrepreneurial e-Commerce Business

Born to Accessorize

Kimberly Martinez launched an e-commerce accessories business, Born to Accessorize.

Digital Marketing within the Tourism Industry

Tourian Travel

Chaeyun Jung interned with Tourian Travel and developed digital marketing skills.

Youth Mentorship and Resiliency Building

Future for KIDS

Daniel Fuentes supported youth navigating school and life challenges at Future for KIDS.

Casino Management and Sportsbook Guest Services

Horse Palace

Mary Karlene Cisneros applied her background in horse racing to casino and sportsbook management.

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.

Fashion-focused Public Relations


Shannon Leahy interned with CLD PR and gained experience in fashion-focused public relations.

Product Research and Customer Service

Discount Tire

Davian Valencia took on a research and customer education role in his position at Discount Tire.

College Recruiting

The University of Arizona's College of Humanities

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

Environmental Engineering Planning & Project Management

NextGen Engineering

Katia Swanson supported current projects, project proposals, and contractor communication at NextGen Engineering.

Shipping Operations


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

Client Data Reporting and Data Visualization

Wildfire Corporation

Joey Park interned with Wildfire Corporation and gained experience in client data reporting and data visualization

Addressing the Intersections of Immigration and Justice

La Universidad de La Rioja

Elli Samberg partnered with global collaborators to address immigration issues in relation to the UN's sustainable development goal, “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.”

High-End and Luxury Personal Styling

Neiman Marcus

Brynn Butler interned at Neiman Marcus and developed skills in high-end and luxury personal styling.

Launching a K-pop and Wearables Accessories Shop

Pocket Crush

Yaning Inzunza developed her creative and entrepreneurship skills, as she launched her own business, Pocket Crush.

Networking while Consulting

ATP Solutions

Alden Willett gained expanded her network during her internship with consulting company, ATP Solutions.

Digital Media Planning and Sales

NBC Universal Media

Josh Brandlen interned at NBC Universal and gained experience in digital media planning and sales.

Contributing to Public-Facing Humanities Education


Teagan Watkins interned with LitLabs and contributed to students' understanding of public-facing humanities education.

Mentoring Prospective Humanities Students

The University of Arizona's College of Humanities

Isela Aguilar Gamez interned with the College of Humanities and provided mentoring to prospective humanities students.

Design and Construction Engineering

Hensel Phelps

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

Clinical and Patient Comfort Care

Banner University Medical Center

Jayne Reines was selected as a Patient Experience intern with Banner University Medical Center and gained insight into clinical and patient comfort care.

Sporting Good Sales & Customer Support

Paddle Palace

Ayllon Giladi followed his passion for table tennis to pitch and land an internship in sales, product merchandising, and operations at Paddle Palace.

Data Insights and Business Analytics


Harmon Brinson interned with Roche and gained skills in data insights and business analytics while making contributions to a global biotech company.

Hobbyist turned Entrepreneur


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

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.

Recruiting New Wildcats

The University of Arizona Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Tara Murthy interned with The University of Arizona's Office of Undergraduate Admissions and gained experience in university admissions and customer service.

Small Business Operations

Rosa's Chamoy

Claudio Othon interned with Rosa's Chamoy and gained experience in small business operations.

Small Business Hospitality

d'Vine Wine

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

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.

SALT Center Ambassador

The University of Arizona's SALT Center

Mikaela Zamora educated prospective students and families about University of Arizona’s SALT Center supports student success.

Fashion-focused Public Relations

Michele Marie PR

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

Contributing to Local Journalism

The Orinda News

Annabella Booth interned with The Orinda News and contributed to local journalism.

Graphic Design for a Rebranded Non-profit

Tucson Center for Black Life

Tiana Beauregard interned with the Tucson Center for Black Life and gained experience in graphic and logo design for a rebranded non-profit.

Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

UA Cares

Katya Mata interned with the University of Arizona Design Project and applied design thinking and creative problem solving strategies to make important contributions to the UA Cares program.

AutoCAD and Construction Design


Samuel Nunez interned with PepsiCo and gained experience with construction design.

Tackling Food Insecurity

Greater Vail Community ReSources

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

Entrepreneurial Tech Start-up


Zoey Block developed her own tech start-up specializing in e-commerce customer support.

Non-profit Operations Management

Crafting Kind Kids

Sheridan Rodich interned with Crafting Kind Kids and developed skills in non-profit operations management.

Data Reporting and Visualization

The University of Arizona Foundation

Luis Benitez interned with The University of Arizona's Foundation and gained skills in data reporting and visualization.

Using Found Sounds to Create Soundscapes


Gigi Robinson interned with LitLabs to gain experience in audio production through the creation of an EP utilizing sounds from everyday life.

Finance and Product Line Estimating

Raytheon Technologies

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

Digital Art Entrepreneur

Art Prints by Victoria

Victoria Meisinger developed her entrepreneurship skills, as she launched her own digital art small business, ArtPrintsbyVictoria.

Event Promotion

Monster Energy Up & Up Arizona Festival

Tess Ortega gained skills in communication, sales, and marketing through event promotion at Monster Energy Up & Up Arizona Festival.

Creative Pursuits and Entrepreneurship

Slip Stitch Witch Co

Emily Hansen pursued her creative pursuits and learned about entrepreneurship during her internship.

Music-focused Event Planning

DUSK Music Festival

Kayla DeStefano interned with DUSK Music Festival and gained experience with the music industry and festival planning.

Fashion-focused Sales, Merchandising, and Buying

Grand Central Clothing

Page Pursley interned with Grand Central Clothing and gained experience in fashion-focused sales, merchandising, and buying.

Authoring National Policy Reports and Communications

American Public Human Services Association

Madison Doser interned with the American Public Human Services Association and authored national policy reports and communications.

Leadership and Collaborative Problem Solving

Sugarhill Community Land Trust

Darionne Williams applied leadership and collaborative problem solving strategies to make important contributions to the Sugarhill Community Land Trust.

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.

Marketing and Data Analytics

Discount Tire

Vicente Martinez interned with Discount Tire and gained experience in business marketing and data analytics.

Environmental Science Education

The University of Arizona's Bio/Diversity Project

Kyra Seigla interned with the University of Arizona's Bio/Diversity Program and contributed to sixth grade environmental science education.

Aviation-focused Interior Design


Angela Montano interned with Bombardier and gained experience in aviation-focused interior design.

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.

Coffee Farming and Production

Monarch Coffee

Kaelyn Carlson-Shipley interned with Monarch Coffee in Hawaii and gained experience in coffee farming and production.

Music Talent Management

Mint Talent Group

Rita Panico interned with Mint Talent Group and gained experience in music talent management.

Spatial and Portfolio Design

Yentema Sambiani developed her spatial and portfolio design skills during her creative focused internship.

Client Services and Product Sales

Curriculum Associates

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

Event Planning & Coordination

Men's Esthetician Conference and Associates (MECA)

Kristine Werschler led the planning, vendor coordination, and promotion of a large-scale professional conference.

Nutrition & Public Health Research


Mallory Kreider developed research and project management skills by pitching an internship to develop nutrition information for a local business.

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.

Non-profit Marketing and Development


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

Executing Brand Campaigns

Kevlar Rose Agency

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

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.

Sales, Acquisitions, and Mergers

Triavo Health

Emeline Rhoads interned with Triavo Health and gained experience in sales, acquisitions, and mergers.

Interior Design Program Management

Pahlisch Commercial

Savanah Smith developed her interior design program management skills while interning with Pahlisch Commercial.

Nanny turned Entrepreneur

The Nanny Entrepreneur

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

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.

Accounts Receivable

Scott Robinson Honda

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

Healing Techniques

Tucson Biofeedback

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

Office Management and Excel Skills

Office of James Rough, MD

Nicole Rodriguez interned with the Office of James Rough, MD, and gained office management and Excel skills.

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.

Retail Merchandising Operations


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

Human Resources Research


Gerui Zhang interned with PwC and gained experience conducting research on trends and programming in human resources.

Fashion-focused Retailing

(W) Boutique

Jaxyn Fetherling interned with (W) Boutique and gained experience in fashion-focused retailing.

Tutoring Students with Disabilities

Pima Community College's Project SOAR

Adonis Archer interned with Project SOAR at Pima Community College to serve students with disabilities and gain experience in higher education.

Event Planning and Fundraising

Child Health & Resilience Mastery (CHARM)

Judith Burrola gained skills in fundraising and event planning during her internship with Child Health & Resilience Mastery.

Community Public Health Education

Arizona Youth Partnership

Emma Richardson enhanced her communication skills teaching youth health programs.

New Venture Development and Entrepreneurship

Elevate Branding

Josh Brandlen developed skills in new venture development and entrepreneurship with his launch of Elevate Branding.

Creating Creative Content


Grace Hohn interned with Hadobody and created creative content for a lifestyle wellness and sustainable brand.

Liaising with Veterans Affairs

Pima Community College's Military and Veterans Services Office

Chance Majarian interned with the Pima Community College's Military and Veterans Services Office and provided services to veterans enrolled in classes at Pima Community College.

Exploring Career Advancement Opportunities

Joseph Rivard provided telecommunications relay and interpreting service for the hearing impaired while exploring career advancement opportunities.

Digital Marketing

Modern Mutual Mortgage, LLC

Cameron Peron interned with Modern Mutual Mortgage, LLC and gained experience in digital marketing.

Applied Humanities Education and Event Planning


Stephanie Husman interned with LitLabs and mentored students learning about applied humanities.

Delivering Performance Training Programs

Elite U Advanced Sports Performance & Fitness Training

Mackenzie Barile interned with Elite U Advanced Sports and gained experience in delivering performance training programs for athletes.

Physical Therapy

Athlon Physical Therapy

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

Entrepreneurial Herbal Tea Business

Herbs & Love LLC

Matea Villegas co-founded and runs an herbal tea brand, Herbs & Love LLC.

Development and Communications

314 Action

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

Nonprofit Development and Donor Relations

Child Crisis Arizona

Emilia Alcantar gained experience managing philanthropy for a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Arizona's families.

Creating Pandemic Education Activities


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

Commercial Real Estate

Larsen Baker

Alyssa Marquez gained experience in commercial real estate management, administration, and planning at Larsen Baker.

Retail Business Management

Safeway Inc.

Jesus Ortega interned with Safeway Inc. and gained experience in business administration and customer relations.

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.

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 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.

Classroom Student Engagement


Lingxuan Li interned with LitLabs and contributed to classroom student engagement.

Environmental Monitoring and Reporting

Delta Land Services

Matthew Guerin interned with Delta Land Services and contributed to environmental monitoring and reporting in the Gulf Coast area.

Social Media Marketing & Business Management

Con's Closet

Ari Papadopoulos gained experience in small business management, developing skills in that ranged from merchandising, social media, and patchwork sewing.

Sales and Salesforce


Tommy Trudeau interned with BraunAbility and gained skills in accessible vehicle sales and Salesforce technology.

College Recruitment and Marketing

The University of Arizona's College of Humanities

Natali Dueñez interned with the College of Humanities and gained experience in college recruitment and marketing.

Social Media Content Creation

Wagner Perspective

Kelsey Grijalva developed skills in content strategy and media creation at a social media agency that specializes in working with creative entrepreneurs.

Sports Sales and Operations

Tucson Sugar Skulls

Nic Griffin interned with Tucson Sugar Skulls and gained experience with sports sales and game day operations.

Entrepreneurial Drone Photogrammetry Business

Sonoran Asset Development

Alex Rodriguez pursued his passion for drone photogrammetry, the science of taking measurements from photographs, by launching his own business.

Processing Patient Health Requests

United Health Group / Optum

Baude Arvizu de Ramirez interned with UnitedHealth Group/Optum to process health requests for members and insurance providers.

Door to Door Sales

NorthStar Home

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

Creative Directing

Mac Duggal

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