Internships and Careers

Join our history graduates in success

100% of Class of 2022 history majors reported landing a job within six months of graduation.

100% employed
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One Major, Multiple Paths

A degree in history can open up a variety of opportunities. Here's a sample of job titles our newest graduates have held in the last five years:

  • Communication Manager

  • Human Resources Coordinator

  • Law Clerk/Legal Assistant

  • Lead Creative Copywriter

  • Library Reference Assistant

  • Museum Director of Youth & Family Education

  • Museum Programs and Visitor Services Manager

  • Philanthropy Officer

  • Project/Event Manager

  • Security Communications & Awareness Analyst

  • Teacher

Where our graduates land

Our students have completed an internship or landed a job with high-profile organizations in and beyond Chicago.

Our most recent graduates have interned at or joined the ranks of these companies in the last five years:

  • Americorps

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

  • Chicago History Museum

  • Edelson PC

  • History Center Lake Forest Lake Bluff

  • Illinois Attorney General's Office

  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

  • Indian Trails & Waukegan Public Libraries

  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

  • PAWS Chicago

  • WorldChicago

  • Zebra Technologies

Advancing their studies

History graduates have also furthered their studies through graduate programs across the country. We set our students up for success so they can enroll in diverse programs such as this sample of degrees pursued by recent graduates: 

  • JD (DePaul University College of Law, University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • MA Social Sciences (University of Chicago)

  • Master of Education and Social Policy (Northwestern University)

  • Master of Library and Information Sciences (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)

  • MAT (Lake Forest College)

  • PhD in African American History (Rutgers University)

The Liberal Arts Advantage

A Lake Forest College education is built for the future. All students are equipped with the most sought-after professional skills: writing, speaking, critical thinking, and an understanding of human society and cultures. Our interdisciplinary curriculum sets our graduates apart as competitive and uniquely qualified candidates who are eager to take on the challenges presented in today's professional world. Learn more about how our students turn their passions into a career on our Success Stories and Outcomes page.

Brooke Carlock '23
I got a chance to intern at the US District Court which made me realize my interest in the legal field, specifically in positions that are about organizing files and/or records—and now today, I organize files from hundreds of cases!
Brooke Carlock '23, Jr. Litigation Project Manager at Gunster

Brooke's journey isn't the only way to make it at Lake Forest College. Our career pathways offer a multitude of different ways to take advantage of the education here as well as the opportunities after graduation. 

Our history graduates...

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Conduct historical research

and interpret historical data


Appreciate the perspectives of both past and present

in any reconstruction of history

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Communicate complex ideas

in a thoughtful and convincing manner


Actively challenge existing systems,

structures, and policies of racism and inequality

Networking and Career Preparation

Our students have opportunities to engage with professionals working in various fields of interest and build meaningful connections before graduation. 

Lake Forest College students don't only get a fantastic education, but also hone applicable skills that employers are seeking in candidates. 

Our career counselors ensure that our students are well prepared for whatever path they choose. 

At Lake Forest College, you will have the opportunity to connect with professionals from a multitude of fields. 

Like what you see? 

Arrange a campus visit to see what Lake Forest has to offer in person. You'll be able to talk with professors, students, and get a taste for what Lake Forest has to offer your career. 

Contact the Gorter Family Career Center

Pathway Leader

Danielle Kelly
Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway Leader

General Contact

Gorter Family Career Advancement Center
256 Brown Hall, Middle Campus

Career Pathways

History majors most often find a home in the Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway, but they can also find a home in any Career Pathway.