Careers

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

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-UAF will fund every student once for a qualified domestic (US) or international internship. 
  • 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.  

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

Online 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.
  • 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 including physics, astronomy, education and engineering.
  • Spotlight on Careers
    Explore the Sciences page - find career profiles, internship opportunities, and educational resources.
  • Vault Online Career Library – connect through LyonNet
    Provides career summaries and guidance for internships, interviewing, resume- and cover-letter-writing.

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 Member Directory.
  • Your professors may be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.