Careers and Graduate School for Students of Asian Studies

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 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.

  • Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.

Helpful Advisors

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 the 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.
  • 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 including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.

Examples of internships and jobs

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