Career and Internship Resources for Religious Studies Majors
Welcome Religious Studies Majors!
Below you will find a variety of resources all for you, Religious Studies Major, which will help you connect your academic passions to a meaningful career. Please reach out to Career Development in Melrose Hall Suite 010 and to your faculty for additional resources to help you understand your interests and skills, gain experience, and make connections to professionals, companies and careers.
What Can I Do With A Major In Religious Studies?
What Can I Do With My Major?- Use this website to learn what types of careers, employers and industries are strongly connected to the Religious Studies major.
Oh, The Places Religious Studies Will Go!
Where are they now? – Linfield Religious Studies graduates work in a variety of job functions in many industries. Do a LinkedIn search on Religious Studies and Linfield College to find current alumni information. Use this resource to get career, company and industry ideas and to reach out to Linfield alumni. If you don't have a LinkedIn account, this is a great time to set one up. You can also connect with Career Development for assistance in setting up your LinkedIn profile, getting your professional photo taken, or discovering additional professional connections.
The Value of a Religious Studies Major
As a Liberal Arts major at Linfield, you are learning and practicing vital skills and knowledge that will help you stand out and excel at your career. In fact, here is a Top 10 list of skills that Religious Studies Majors acquire and that employers seek out:
- Willingness to learn
- Self-motivation and desire to achieve
- Communication skills (oral and written)
- Rapid identification of key issues
- Problem solving
- Initiative and creativity
- Time management – producing work to deadlines
- Develop research, investigative, analytical and critical evaluation skills
- Understand and take a sensitive approach to different cultures and beliefs
Source: University of Cambridge
Sample Resume for Religious Studies Majors
Click on this sample of what your resume may look like; remember that each resume is different, as it reflects both the experience and goals of the candidate as well as the job and company for which it is written. Come to the Career Hub to get resume advice!
Internships for Philosophy Majors
Why should I do an internship?
Internships look great on your resume, and they have several benefits: an internship is the perfect opportunity for you to apply what you've learned in classes in a work environment. It's also a great way to network with people in your industry -- people that are working and making a living -- and, if it's the right fit for you, it could also lead to a future job.
Preparing for an internship
Once you've found the internship you'd like, make sure to have all of your materials ready. Often, this will include an application, a resume, and a cover letter. You can get your cover letter and resume checked over by the staff at the Linfield Career Hub (in Melrose Hall Suite 010) so that it's competitive and ready for your opportunity! See some of the points below to learn about how you can earn credit for internships.
How to research an organization
Talk to someone in the Career Development Hub to obtain guidance on researching an organization. Be wary anytime you are asked to pay an application fee, or pay money to them. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Earning credit for an internship
Many academic departments offer internship credit - talk to your advisor about this prior to your internship. Consider elective credit through the Office for Career Development if you don’t qualify for your major internship credit, if you are doing an internship outside your area of study, or if you are completing an exploratory internship.
MORE → Download the Internship Brochure!
Career & Internship Websites for Religious Studies
Graduate Studies in Religious Studies Fields
Thinking about a graduate degree? Read through our Grad School Guide to get started, and check out this list of graduate programs & resources related to your studies.
Professional Associations in Religious Studies
Virtually every type of career and industry has Professional Associations that host events and conferences, produce statistics and reports, write best practices and newsletters, announce job openings, and serve as a connector for their many professional members. As a student, you may be able to get a reduced (or free) membership rate, and qualify for scholarships. Here are some Professional Associations that English and Creative Writing Majors may want to check out:
- American Academy of Religion
- Society of Biblical Literature
- National Study of Youth and Religion
- North American Association for the Study of Religion
- Religious Education Association
- Religious Research Association
Making Professional Connections
Creating and growing connections is crucial when it comes to finding internships and jobs. While you need to bring your experience and knowledge to the table, it is true that most employees secure their job through the people they know. Ask Career Development and your faculty to help you find professionals in your fields of interest, and start seeking out ways to expand your network. Below you’ll find some links that will help you start finding and nurturing valuable connections.
Informational Interviews – Seek out Linfield alumni or other professionals to ask for a ½ hour meeting. You get to ask questions about their jobs, careers, industry, experience, etc.
Social Media Guide – Your online presence says a lot about you! Make sure it is polished and professional.
Cats to Careers Action Plan
Follow this Cats to Careers Action Plan created especially for Linfield students, to take proactive steps through your career development process.
Famous Religious Studies Majors!
- Christy Turlington, Model, New York University, Studied Compartive Religion and Eastern Philosophy
- Mayim Bialik, Actress, UCLA, Studied Neuroscience, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
- Maggie Gyllenhaal, Actress, Columbia University, Studied Eastern Religions and Philosophy
Career Development Programs
Keep an eye out for opportunities like…
Lunch On Us: Religious Studies Major
Employer Luncheons & Employer Campus Visits
Internship Week (November)
Grad School Fair & Grad School Week (October)
First Avenue Career Expo (April)
…. And more!
For upcoming event information, visit Career Development’s Upcoming Events Page