Use What You Learn

The Humanities Mellon Scholars offers each student a paid internship for two quarters, providing a first-hand look at the possibilities open to graduates in humanities-related majors.

These work-study programs let you go behind the scenes of and participate in day-to-day operations at a local museum, community art project or special events related to the humanities.

My internships taught me to be a better writer and developed my critical thinking skills. Mellon Scholars can seem intimidating but it’s worth it to push yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

- Camille Henry

You'll explore career opportunities, network with professionals, and contribute to meaningful work in a professional environment — applying skills and practices learned in your coursework.

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Internship placements may include museums, theaters, non-profit community organizations, educational projects or music and film production companies. You will gain insight into your internship organization while also learning from the experiences of other Humanities Mellon Scholars.

How Does the Internship Work?

The internship averages from five to 10 hours per week, paid at $17 per hour.  Mellon Scholars are also required to enroll in an on-line internship course — the one-unit ITRN 50 during their first quarter interning, and the two-unit ITRN 51 during their second quarter interning. Both courses are only offered at Foothill College.  HMS interns check in weekly, using an online system called Canvas, to submit timesheets and share updates on internship experiences.

What Are the Minimum Requirements?

You must

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Commit to working at least five hours a week (except during finals week  and holidays)
  • Have your own transportation to the internship workplace

Where Can Interns Work?

See a list of some of our partner organizations.

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Falk Cammin
Humanities Mellon Scholars Program Director


Charlie McKellar
Program Coordinator


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