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PHI 4945 - Internship in Philosophy

There are four justifications for the internship in philosophy:

  1. Utilize work and volunteer experiences to provide opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their major subject.
  2. Combat the misperception that philosophy is merely an “esoteric discipline” with little or no applications to the "real world."
  3. Demonstrate to majors that their liberal arts skills are directly relevant to the workplace and to would-be employers.
  4. Provide our students with the opportunity to cultivate assets outside the classroom such as work history, references, interpersonal skills, communication abilities, interviewing skills, etc.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Major or Second Major in Philosophy
  2. Completed no fewer than 60 total credits
  3. Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  4. Complete no fewer than five philosophy courses
    • No fewer than three of which at the upper division with minimum grades of B.
    • No fewer than two of which were completed at FIU
  5. Submit a completed an Internship Application with signed supervisor forms no later than one week before the beginning of the semester of the internship.

Possible Internships

The burden to arrange a suitable internship falls largely to the major. Once a major has an idea of an internship to pursue, they will need to schedule a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss the details. After the initial meeting, once it is determined that the envisioned internship is feasible and suitable, the student then proceeds to finalize the details.

Internships may be arranged with educational institutions, not-for-profit charities, legal and legislative settings, art organizations and museums, among others. Here are links to a list of suitable internship possibilities for our majors. Other internship placements will also be considered.

Partial list of suitable internships

CASE internship listings

Top 10 internship providers for students

CI (formerly City Internships)

On-Campus Tutoring Internship

If you are an advanced philosophy major with a 3.5 in four or more Upper Division philosophy courses and are interested in tutoring FIU students in Lower Division undergraduate philosophy courses, such as PHI2010: Introduction to Philosophy, contact the Philosophy Department Director of Undergraduate Studies. This is another potential internship opportunity.