Explore Your Options
Humanities, Museums, and Libraries
Careers in humanities, museums, and libraries are focused on the study or documentation of human culture. Positions in this field may include topics such as history, fine art, or language and may have a focus on preservation, information technology, research, education, or programming.
Learn About the Field
Career exploration is all about research. Use the following information to learn if a career in humanities, museums, and libraries is for you.
Latest News in the Field
Keep informed about what’s happening in this field by reading what the professionals read. Visit the following sites regularly!
Now that you've done a little research about the humanities, museums, and libraries field, it's time to start meeting with industry professionals. It's an easy way to learn more about what your future career path might look like. It's also a great way to network with people who may know about internship or full-time job opportunities.
IUB Alumni LinkedIn – You can connect with over 186,000 IUB alumni from various programs after you create a LinkedIn profile. Search for alumni based on location, company, industry, and what they studied. To learn more about how to set-up your profile and use this tool, visit these resources.
IU Alumni Directory—Request an account and use it to search for IU Alumni who have graduated from our humanities, museums, and libraries programs. You can see where they’re working now and email them directly from the site. Contact a dozen people to start with and see where you end up. You may need to contact more in order to get some helpful responses.
Informational Interviewing Guide—Once you know who you’re interested in talking with, use this guide to request and conduct an informational interview.
Social Media Networking
Use social media to network with professionals and their organizations. LinkedIn, a professional networking site, is a great way to connect. Here are a few organizations that have a strong social presence.
- American Alliance of Museums: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
- American Association of Law Libraries: Facebook, Twitter
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: Facebook, Twitter
- Association of Children’s Museums: LinkedIn
- Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: LinkedIn
- Electronic Resources and Libraries: LinkedIn
- Special Libraries Association: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Join a Professional Association
National professional associations are valuable sources for a variety of career information. You can learn about certification requirements, job leads, internships, educational opportunities, and more. Many associations offer discounted membership rates for students.
Build Your Skills
Having career-relevant work experience on your resume will give you a big head start when it comes time to land your post-grad dream job. Now that you’ve researched your career options, take advantage of the opportunities below to build the skills you need to be competitive. Remember: employers also like to see plenty of leadership experience listed.
Join Student Organizations
There are more than 700 student organizations at IU—which means there are more than 700 ways you can get some really impressive leadership experience. Below are some groups specific to humanities, museums, and libraries. Check out BeINvolved to learn about even more student organizations through IU Student Life and Learning.
Get a Part Time Job
Use myJobs to learn about part- and full-time job opportunities. Here are career-relevant jobs that students have participated in.
*Jobs with asterisks are within walking distance from campus.
Put your talents to good use and build experience along the way! Off-campus volunteer opportunities exist around every corner. Below are some volunteer opportunities within about an hour’s drive of Bloomington.
Find a job or internship
You’ve done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it’s time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from humanities, museums, and libraries majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent humanities, museums, and libraries graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to humanities, museums, and libraries. Remember to use the these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."
Keywords for Job Searches
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you’re preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization’s history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company’s about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you’re hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What is the main purpose of preserving artifacts?
- What experience do you have in fundraising?
- How would you go about selecting a topic to feature in a new collection, display, etc.?
- What is the most recent exhibit you attended? What did you like/dislike about it?
- What role do you think community plays in our museum/library? How do you suggest we promote events or resources to the public?
- Don’t hide or minimize liberal arts interests on your resume! Create resume headings and accomplishment statements that market your unique interests and skills.
- Market volunteer and community service experiences on your resume.
- Showcase leadership skills on your resume.