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.

Religion majors most often find a home in the Law, Policy, and Nonprofit Career Pathway, but they can also fit within other pathways.

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

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

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