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Humanities Majors and Research Park

Darrell Hoemann/The New-Gazette The UI research park at First and St. Mary's streets in Champaign on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.

You may get urged to apply for job and internship opportunities at Research Park that seem to have nothing to do with your major. The job titles may seem bewildering. “Strategic Resources”? Agriculture companies? Tech stuff?

You may also be confused about what Research Park is and how working there might fit into your life as a student. Read this FAQ to learn more about Research Park internships for humanities majors. More than 100 companies have offices there, ranging from tiny startups to research centers for major multinational corporations. They employ a lot of U of Illinois students as paid interns, including majors in humanities fields. Here’s creative writing sophomore and Research Park intern Christel Thompson explaining what she does for Syngenta:


When you see those internship postings, go ahead and click on the links to read more. These employers may be looking for you — and you can use the experience you gain to write your own next chapter.

Keep up to date on new openings by checking the Research Park Job Board regularly.