Internships and Careers

The Religion program prepares individuals to succeed by becoming aware of and sensitive to:

  • How values and commitments shape individuals and society
  • Diversity in professional and personal spheres
  • Differences of value and meaning
  • Ways to communicate effectively
  • How to be an informed citizen, manager, or colleague

Lake Forest College facilitates five career communities called Career Pathways to help students explore major/career options and position themselves for the internships that will help them to further prepare for productive and rewarding careers after graduation. Students from all majors can participate in the Career Pathways to shape their career goals alongside of their academic interests.

To get an idea for which pathways students might join based upon some common religion interests, check these out:

  • International Development and Diplomacy – Law and Public Service
  • Law/Government – Law and Public Service
  • Business Management/Marketing – Business and Finance
  • Event Planning/Hospitality – Business and Finance or Creative Arts
  • Clergy/Religious Management – Law and Public Service
  • Publishing/Journalism – Creative Arts
  • Medicine – Science and Health Care
  • Social Work – Law and Public Service + Science and Health Care
  • Education, Library Science, and Teaching – Law and Public Service
  • Non-Profit/Non-Governmental – Law and Public Service

Explore the Career Pathways by participating in events, reading profiles of students’ and alumni experiences, and by joining a pathway (or two). Remember to look at the next steps pages to get ideas for immediate ways to prepare yourself for great internships and a productive, rewarding career after graduation. 


Students majoring in religion can pursue internship positions in the Chicago area and around the world, as a way to further develop their academic study of diverse religious traditions and communities.  Interns receiving academic credit in religion often work with non-profit, social service agencies and organizations associated with particular religious traditions.

Past internships include:

  • Niagara Foundation
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • The U.S. State Department
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
  • Human Rights Watch
  • American Theological Library Association

Career Pathways

Religion majors most often find a home in the Law and Public Service Career Pathway, but they can also find a home in any Career Pathway.