Internships and Resources

See Internship Forms here:

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors are encouraged to undertake internships for credit, obtaining the full advantage of the many opportunities to work in the Seattle area. Recent IDLS majors have interned with these organizations:

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Childhaven
  • SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education)
  • Hugo House ("A Place For Writers")
  • Intiman Theatre
  • Snap Raise (marketing)
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Queen Anne
  • Medina Elementary
  • Powerful Voices/Girlvolution (non-profit)
  • Udayan Care (India)
  • Center of Contemporary Art (CoCA - Seattle)
  • The Vera Project (all-ages music nonprofit)
  • All the Flutter Wedding and Event Design Planning
  • Haven Boatworks
  • Montessori in Queen Anne
  • Yole! Africa (Film Festival in Congo)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Rotary Boys and Girls Club
  • The Civilians Theatre Co (NY)
  • Seattle Fire Fighters Charity
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • SU Athletics Advising

The Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies office regularly communicates new internship and work opportunities, and provides the necessary guidelines and internship registration forms.

Real-World Service: All Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors volunteer to work with organizations for social justice as part of a unique 5 credit course, IDLS 3000 - Leadership for Community Engagement. It provides students with real-world work experience and first-hand familiarity with how community organizations work. Many students choose to continue volunteering beyond the scope of the course.

Undergraduate Publishing Program: Designed by Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies faculty, UPP is available to all IDLS majors and recent alumni. The goal is to support majors in their pursuit of written scholarship, and ultimately, to publish. Journals, newspapers, magazines, and books are possible forums for publishing.

Building an E-Portfolio: All Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors establish an electronic portfolio in their first course, and develop it through graduation. This e-portfolio showcases academic and other achievements, and students can invite others to view it, such as potential employers. As seniors, the e-folio can transition from academic to a vocational, teaching, or professional portfolio.

Student Leadership Council: Select Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors advise the Program Director throughout the year. These student representatives give input on curriculum, policies, events, and help develop Program innovations.


What can I do with an Interdisciplinary
Liberal Studies Degree?

Chris Holway, YAHOO!; Emily Cohen, HARVARD Divinity School; Kacey Callen, 4th grade TEACHER; Bryan Dalton, WA State COUNSELOR; Sara Stockett, EFELLE MEDIA; Carlee Norquist, SEATTLE MARINERS.

See more jobs here.

Declaring a Major in
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

It’s simple! Come to the Program (Casey 4th Floor) and complete a form declaring your major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. You will be assigned a faculty advisor right away. And you will be encouraged to meet Dr. Sven Arvidson, Director.


Contact Us

Sven Arvidson, Ph.D.
Program Director
Casey 430

Chynah Thomas, BA, Psychology & Social Behavior
Program Coordinator


Association for Interdisciplinary Studies 2017 Supporting Member