Careers and Graduate School for Spanish and Latina/o and Latin American Studies majors

Majors and minors in the Department of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies prepare students for a variety of professional opportunities nationally, in the United States, and all over the world.

  • 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.

Students may pursue careers in education, government, law, social services, healthcare, publishing and non-profit organizations. In some cases, students may also continue their education with an advanced degree (in Spanish, International Relations, Law, area studies and many others). Spanish speakers also have many potential paths.

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.

  • The Occupational Outlook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide additional insights into the job forecast and work environment of those in this field.
  • Finally, take a look at Buzzfile and Vault for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • If you’re thinking of continuing your education after Mount Holyoke College, visit the Career Development Center’s graduate school advising for additional information on the research and application process.

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.

Resources 

  • Spanish majors
    • Modern Language Association: Check out the MLA’s Graduate Education and the Job Search section for career guidance.
    • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: The ACTFL has an excellent Career Center page with job postings, guidance, and workshops.
    • 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.
  • Latin American majors

Jobs/internships for Spanish majors

Examples

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

  • U.S. Congressional Offices
  • Heifer International
  • Celebrity Consulting
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Unite for Sight
  • Gifford, Thompson & Bright Law Firm (and other law firms)
  • U.S. Senate Offices
  • Various Court Systems
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Various Public and Private Schools
  • Non-profit organizations teaching English abroad

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Paralegal/Lawyer
  • Legislative Staff
  • Bilingual Case Manager
  • Educational Consultant
  • Court Interpreter
  • Social Worker
  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Research Associate
  • Advocate
  • Project Manager

Jobs/internships for Latin American Studies majors

Examples

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

  • Northwest Family to Family
  • New York City Board of Education
  • Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett
  • California Assembly (government)
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Various Public and Private Schools
  • Bridges to Community
  • Bilzin, Sumberg, Baena, Price & Axelrod, LLP
  • Bank of America
  • State of Connecticut

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Media Director
  • Government Field Representative/other government worker
  • Project Manager/Assistant
  • Director of a Non-Profit Organization
  • Lawyer
  • Program Coordinator/Director
  • Teacher
  • Research/Study Coordinator
  • International Volunteer Coordinator
  • Legal Assistant
  • Probation Officer
  • Financial Industry Worker
  • Advocate