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Humanities for Life Internship

The Humanities for Life (HFL) Summer Internship Program, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, connects students interested in the arts and humanities to paid internship opportunities with non-profit arts and cultural organizations in the Rochester area. These internships help students access traditionally unpaid opportunities that highlight the value of the humanities in the workplace while building critical skills for post-graduation success.

Program Eligibility
First-year, sophomore and junior students at the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering are eligible to apply, including international students and Dual Degree Eastman Students.

Program Benefits
In addition to securing a full-time summer internship, accepted students join a community of current and past HFL interns, develop a network with all participating organizations, and participate in educational and social programming supported by the Greene Center for Career Education and Connections.



  • A stipend distributed across the course of the summer months
  • Internship credit with transcript notation
  • A dedicated career advisor

Participating Organizations

Past participating organizations include the George Eastman MuseumGarth Fagan Dance, Hochstein School of MusicMemorial Art Gallery, Open Letter BooksOut Alliance, Rochester Philharmonic OrchestraStrong National Museum of Play, Visual Studies WorkshopWriters & Books, Girls Rock! Rochester, 540 WMain, Joseph Avenue & Cultural Alliance, Arts in the Loop, and the University of Rochester Institute for the Performing Arts.

Click here for the most recent list of currently participating organizations.

Application Details
Details regarding the application process, timeline and specific internship postings can be found on Handshake. As the application process is competitive, students are highly encouraged to work with a career advisor to discuss their interest and application materials. Students can contact Blaire Koerner for assistance.

Previous Interns
Click here to read about current interns and the connections they made between their projects, the Rochester community and the humanities.