Careers and Graduate School

Zhang Yang next to a tray of macaroons.
Audrey Zhang Yang ’13: My experiences and connections at Mount Holyoke continue to motivate me to thrive in many areas of my post-graduate life.
Nondie Hemphill in front of rockets.
Nondie Hemphill '10: MHC instilled within me the courage to follow my interests and unapologetically enter into the burgeoning field of Space Law.
Mengjia Wan studying karate in Tokyo.
Mengjia Wan '14: during my study abroad in Tokyo, I listened to Japanese people's views on Japan's society, culture and foreign relations.

Asian studies majors and minors pursue graduate study and work in careers in fields as varied as education, business, NGOs, journalism, the arts, and government service.

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • Minjiang University
  • Genzyme Corporation
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The Solaris Group, LLC.
  • Save the Children
  • National Science Foundation
  • AmeriCorps
  • Citigroup
  • Asia Society
  • America China Business Women Alliance
  • Kwikpoint/GAIA Communications
  • Xinhua News Agency
  • Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Legal Assistant/Lawyer
  • Program Coordinator/Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate
  • Consultant Associate Director/Director of a non-profit
  • Counselor
  • Product Development Associate
  • Teacher
  • Research Associate

Online Resources:

  • Association for Asian Studies
    A scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia.
  • Asian Studies Virtual Library
    A massive library of Asia related websites; listed topically and by nation.
  • Asia for Educators
    A great guide for teaching in Asia, a database of recommended teaching materials and Asian history and culture.
  • Asia Source
    A resource of the Asia Society with information including arts, culture, policy, social issues, business, etc.
  • AsianJobs.Com
    Provides industry specific career channels with a wealth of information tailored to your career goals.
  • Vault Online Career Library - connect through Handshake, our job, internship and resource portal.
    Guidance for internships, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing; occupational surveys from real employees.

Helpful Advisors:

  • Career Advisors and Peer Career Assistants at the CDC are here to help you find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access online and print resources. Contact the CDC for an appointment.
  • 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. Find alums through the Alumnae Association Directory.
  • Your professors may be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.