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95% of Otago graduates go directly into work or further study.1

A degree is a smart investment. 90% of Arts graduates are in degree-relevant jobs2 and many studies show job opportunities and earnings for BA graduates match most other academic disciplines.3

A BA gives you transferable skills for many occupations

Employers want adaptable, creative employees with great analytical, problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills.

You'll know how to learn – an important skill as most graduates will have at least six different careers in their lifetime. When you graduate with a BA, you'll have transferable skills that will help you work in almost any occupation. Your adaptability and critical thinking skills will mean you adjust quickly to new careers that are emerging now.

Our graduates work in a range of areas

  • advertising, communications and public relations
  • art galleries, museums, libraries and cultural centres
  • business and banking
  • community work and social services
  • education and teaching
  • government, local government and the diplomatic service > human resources and recruitment
  • journalism, reporting, media relations
  • web design, digital and social media management
  • music and the performing arts industry (theatre, television, film)
  • research and policy analysis
  • tourism and hospitality management
  • writing, editing and publishing

Meet our graduates

Our Humanities internship programme offers practical experience in workplaces nationwide

Make connections with employers and gain valuable workplace experience while you complete your studies.

The Humanities internship is a one semester paper for undergraduate (HUMS 301) and postgraduate (HUMS 401) full-time students from any of the Humanities disciplines.

As an intern, you will spend time, usually one day a week, at an organisation that suits your interests, completing a project that is relevant to your degree. The experience will provide academic, workplace and personal skill development, while enhancing your post-study employability.

What does an internship involve?

You'll complete three assessments:

  • Reflective field notes: a weekly diary of work events, comparing practice to theory
  • A report designed to develop your research skills within a work environment
  • A presentation outlining your internship experience

Who can apply?

To be eligible you'll need high academic grades (usually a B+ average in the previous year), and an endorsement from academic staff.

More information, including eligibility and application requirements:

Otago has more student exchange partners than any other New Zealand university

Make your degree truly global. We have more student exchange partners around the world than any other New Zealand university. You can make useful contacts around the world.

Employers respect graduates who have explored further opportunities for personal growth and development. While completing your Otago BA, you can spend one or two semesters overseas at one of Otago's 100+ partner universities.

Travel the world, experience new cultures, gain skills to enhance your CV, and still earn credits towards your Otago degree – while only paying Otago fees.

You will receive a travel grant from the University of Otago and several other scholarships and awards are available.

Who can apply?

To be considered for an exchange you'll need to have completed at least one semester of full time study at Otago and have a minimum B average grade.

Full details on the programme and a current list of exchange partners:

References: 1. and 2. Graduate Opinion Survey. 3. Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.

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