Careers and Graduate School

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
  • UNICEF
  • 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.
  • Spotlight on Careers
    Find career profiles, internship opportunities, and educational resources.
  • Vault Online Career Library - connect through LyonNet
    Guidance for internships, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing; occupational surveys from real employees.

Career Resource Library:

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.
Olivia Griffen with Camel
Olivia Griffin '13: everyone assured me, “your undergrad major doesn’t matter" but I am absolutely sure I chose the right major in Middle Eastern Studies.
Yaaminey Mubayi '90
Yaaminey Mubayi '90: I wanted to study Asian Art, Comparative Religions, languages and Cultures and chose South Asian Studies as a major.
Megan Brooks with student holding a sign that says "Be The Change"
Megan Brooks '14: I still carry what I learned in my Middle Eastern Studies major, the people I met, and my experiences abroad into all that I do.
Mengyuan Tang '16 with Professor Lipman
Mengyuan Tang '16: I will continue to pursue my passion in law school to fight against corruption, especially in international law.
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.