Africana Studies majors go into a wide range of careers and graduate programs.
- Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
- Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
- Your professors may be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
- Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.
Professional association and advocacy organizations
- NAACP: A 100-year old organization dedicated to the advancement of African Americans. Look for volunteer and advocacy opportunities at the NAACP website.
- National Urban League: contains a job network,
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation: help "advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public."
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc: A national service organization providing support, advocacy, scholarships, and connections.
- Opportunities in African Studies: See what types of jobs are available at the U of Wisconsin website. Job postings are updated frequently.
- National Association for African American Studies: The NAAAS provides an Academic Scholars program, a Job Postings page, and an International Research Forum.
- African Studies Association: Get the latest news in African Studies from the ASA, or check out their annual meeting.
- Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.
- What can I do with this major (Africana Studies)
- Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations.
- GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Login with Handshake, our job, internship and resource portal.
Examples of internships and jobs
Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:
- Partners in Health
- Straight Talk Foundation
- Teach for America
- Institute of Public-Private Partnership
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- The foundation for Democracy in Africa
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Money Management International (MMI)
- Child Care Resource Center
Examples of positions
- Assistant Director/Director of a nonprofit, Organizer, Advocate, Social Worker, Urban Planner, Grant Writer
- Lawyer, Paralegal, Legislative Aide
- Analyst (Data, Policy, Legal), Marketing Assistant/Researcher, Public Relations Associate
- Teacher/Educational Consultant, Professor, Educational Administrator
- Physician, Counselor, Medical Researcher
- Writer/Editor, Journalist, Website Manager