As a proud liberal arts school, Hiatt supports Brandeis’ deep commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education. Hiatt partners closely with academic departments in the division of humanities including faculty, UAHs, UDRs, advisors and club leaders. Hiatt is a long-time partner of the Liberal Arts Careers Network and collaborates with key stakeholders including Brandeis alumni, employers, recruiters and community partners. Brandeis is valued by employers for the depth and breadth of transferable skills it's students demonstrate from their in-classroom and professional experiences.
“The U.S. Department of State represents America to the world, which is why we recruit at places like Brandeis. The University draws students from all over the country and gives them the academic preparation and skills we seek for those embarking on international public service careers."
- Phil Beekman, diplomat in residence – DIR New England, U.S. Department of State
Industry-Focused Engagement and Events
Hiatt regularly brings together experts, employers and alumni to meet and speak with students in classes, online and in-person for exploration, preparation and networking. As 35% of Brandeis graduates enter the fields of service including government, nonprofit and public health, Hiatt works to create and foster programming related to these industries.
Previous programs launched by Hiatt in the area of humanities have included:
- Alumni in Film and Television Live Panel
- Alumni Interview Coaching
- Applying to Graduate School Workshop
- Ask An Expert: Professionals working in humanities
- Employer Office Hours featuring the CIA, Department of State Office
- City Year Representative Career Chats
- How’d You Get That Internship: Student Panel
- Teach For America: Brandeis Alumni Panel
Current offerings are available to view in Handshake or the Brandeis Campus Events Calendar.
In partnership with academic departments, Hiatt hosts multiple career fairs on campus as well as a multi-school job and internship fair in New York City. Career fairs are an opportunity for students to meet, learn and connect with employers and organizations looking to recruit Brandeis students for full-time jobs and internships.
All of our events are structured for students representing all majors and disciplines to attend. In addition, Hiatt hosts a Government and Public Service Career Fair, just one of many fairs that recruit humanities students. Select employers typically seek to fill roles such as Americorps members, youth development coordinators, resident teachers, community volunteers and fellows. Representatives from graduate schools also attend to market their programs in these areas.
2021 Government & Public Service Career Fair
- 34 employers actively recruited for full-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities
- Representing organizations included the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Federal Housing Finance Agency, FBI, Teach for America, City Year, Peace Corps and U.S. Department of Commerce
- Held yearly, this fair attracts students that major and have career interests in humanities
The Rise Together Mentor is an online platform that joins Brandeis students and alumni from all over the world to make connections, exchange career advice, expand their network and learn more about industries, careers and the world of work.
No more sending cold emails to connections you do not know. Alumni have indicated they want to help Brandeis students
Students that join Rise Together:
Join the rise together mentor network
Gain access to a pool of over dedicated alumni looking to connect
Get introduced to specific industries, roles and career fields of interest by joining subgroups
Expand their range of career prospects and strategies
- Participate in online discussions and conversations as well as have the ability to ask specific questions
Humanities Employer Engagement at Brandeis
Employers use a variety of programs to meet with students and identify and cultivate talent. They regularly schedule information sessions, online workshops, case competitions and site visits as options to engage with Brandeis students and alumni. Over the last few years, there has been a significant shift in the employer landscape as it relates to the need for versatile skill sets in applicants and employees. Liberal arts students are significantly sought after from all industries to fill those voids.
At Hiatt, we emphasize that although campus recruiting is a part of an employer’s engagement process, it should not be the primary focus when it comes to attending and participating in employer-led activities. Students should approach each event as an opportunity to engage, learn and connect with professionals in their desired fields.
Learn more about Recruiting at Brandeis
Participating employers include:
- American Enterprise Institution
- American Israeli Public Affairs Commission
- Boston Public Schools
- City Year
- Dow Jones & Co.
- Human Rights Watch
- JVS Boston
- KIPP Charter Schools
- Oak Ridge Institute
- TED Conferences
- YMCA of Greater Boston
Every industry has their own timeline for planned hiring, and not all industries have a large on-campus presence either because they do more of their hiring on an as-needed basis, when openings arise, or when they have planned hiring, employers typically will have only a few roles to fill. Students in the humanities go into a wide variety of careers as there is no typical designation as a “humanities employer.” Our approach at Hiatt is to work with each student individually to help them discover their areas of interest and start the internship or job search process.
For those employers that have an on-campus recruiting program, in-person university recruiting is on the decline. Employers that previously visited universities as a primary way to recruit are now changing their strategies.
- In place of on-campus interviews for initial screening of candidates employers favored virtual interviews, followed by in-person interviews at the organization.
- Social media is the new on-campus interview with many hiring organizations using social media for branding and recruiting.
- Employers find LinkedIn very or extremely effective in branding and recruiting employees.
The most popular and effective internship and job search tool is locating positions through online sites including the Brandeis portal, Handshake. Students can narrow down their search based on geographic location, job type, industry and role. Hiatt also promotes employers that have a close connection with the University (i.e. alumni) and labels postings accordingly. This gives students more opportunities to connect with organizations and positions that exclusively look to hire Brandeis students and alumni.
Current Opportunities in Handshake
Note: A Handshake account is required to access the following links (students, alumni & faculty have Handshake accounts).
Internships in Advertising, Public Relations, Social Media, and Jobs in Advertising, Public Relations, Social Media
Internships in Higher Education and Jobs in Higher Education
Internships in Human Resource Management and Jobs in Human Resource Management
Internships in Law & Paralegal and Jobs in Law & Paralegal
Internships in Movies, TV, Music and Jobs in Movies, TV, Music
Internships in Social Justice and Jobs in Social Justice
Use the handshake labels to filter and find even more positions
Career Outcomes for Humanities
The Hiatt Career Center's annual Beyond Brandeis survey provides insight into the employment and continuing education status of Brandeis University undergraduates within six months of graduation.
Fifty-six percent of the class of 2019 that majored in humanities, had at least one substantive experience during their time at Brandeis (internships, on-campus job, research with a faculty member, thesis or fellowship). Students can utilize Handshake to explore where other students, including students at other colleges and universities, completed their internships.
Brandeis graduates that pursue employment in these fields go on to work with organizations such as the United Nations, Department of State, Teach for America, Fund for Public Interest, Citi Performing Arts Center and more.
Working With Hiatt
Hiatt helps Brandeisians know who they are, what they want and how to get there.
College is a time to discover yourself. You get to figure out what you enjoy, where your interests lie and goals for the future. As you find yourself weighing ideas and choices, we can help you to align them with your major or career. As the semesters change, you'll find new experiences waiting for you to take advantage of. They could be in the form of studying abroad, an internship or joining a campus club. When you know what you want, it's time to put it all together! Hiatt will support your professional goals, but we can't do all the work for you.
Your approach should be to stay curious and engaged. There's no one-size-fits-all path or plan to follow. You're unique and staying open to all possibilities while channeling your curiosity and engaging in activities will fuel your success.
Learn more about working with Hiatt.
“Don't limit yourself just because you think you want to go into one particular field or position! I'm working in marketing at a law firm when I thought I would be in publishing, and the job is still a great fit for me to start out in because I'm learning new marketing skills but still get to use my editorial ones. Be open to learning about all the opportunities available to you and don't be afraid to think of new ways to use your skills, even if it seems like there's only one path for you.” - Abigail G.’19 English and anthropology
See more career advice from Brandeis students
Hiatt has extensive resources to help students research, learn, get connected, prepare application materials and practice for interviews. These include:
Brandeis faculty and staff are valuable partners in helping students discover who they are, what they want and how to get there.
The Brandeis alumni network is instrumental in helping students learn about fields, develop and build connections and provide valuable insight for students who are just getting started. There are various ways for alumni to get involved including:
- The Rise Together Mentor Network
- Volunteering to speak with students in the classroom, in person or virtually
- Becoming an alumni champion within your company and offer to pre-screen students interested in applying, mentor students in the recruiting pipeline, or champion their applications in the hiring process
- Contact Melissa O’Karma and see other alumni volunteer opportunitiess to get involved