Careers in Romance Languages and Cultures

A major or minor in Romance languages and Cultures can lead to a variety of national and international careers including government, the culinary arts, academics, nongovernmental organizations, banking, fashion, and film. Many of our graduates continue on and pursue graduate studies in Romance Studies.

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.

Internships

Internships provide powerful learning opportunities where majors and minors can apply their knowledge of one of their romance languages and investigate potential careers. Students are encouraged to explore internship possibilities with their advisor or the Career Development Center and Join the Intern Network to connect with current and former interns, and employers.

Summer opportunities generally require planning well in advance. Fall semester is not too early to begin exploring summer options:

  • 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.
  • Lynk-UAF funds are also available for independent research, as well as support and resources from the Global Research Support Program

Domestic Internships
The Career Development Center (CDC) introduces you to internship search strategies, walks you through the Lynk-UAF application process, and connects you to internship databases and MHConnect curated internship opportunities.

International Internships
In addition to the CDC, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives is a key resource for international internships. The MHC International Internship Program (MHC-IIP) offers competitive MHConnect internships in countries around the world. 

For more details about internship opportunities and funding, please contact Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential learning at the McCulloch Center. 

Resources

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: The ACTFL has an excellent Career Center page with job postings, guidance, and workshops.
  • Proz - The Translators Workplace: Great for anyone interested in picking up spot-jobs in document translation - offers dozens of job postings every day.
  • Idealist: Find internships and jobs at non-profits organizations in other countries or in the United States.
  • 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.
  • ArtSearch is an excellent source for arts-related jobs and internships. A code for free account access is available to use with your Handshake account.
  • Teach English Abroad: The Transitions Abroad website offers several articles and guides to teaching ESL abroad, as well as a links page of the best ESL overseas teaching programs.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.

Examples of jobs and internships for RL&C majors

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

  • Google, Inc.
  • Youth Venture
  • Global Collect
  • Hans Publishing, Ltd.
  • The Hartford Children’s Theater
  • The National Yiddish Book Center
  • Various Public and Private Schools
  • Boch Enterprises
  • Servicio Paz y Justicia
  • Hoague & Bayless, Attorneys & Counsel

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Business Development Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Travel Consultant
  • Translator
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Research Associate
  • Lawyer/Legal Assistant
  • Librarian