Graduate School and Careers

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. 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.

  • 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 MHC, visit the CDC’s graduate school advising for additional information on the research and application process.

Helpful Advisors

  • Career Advisors at the CDC are here to help you find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access online and print resources. 
  • 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 are an excellent resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.

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

Examples of jobs/internships for Spanish majors

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

Examples of jobs/internships for Latin American Studies majors

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
Zilin Cui '11
Zilin Cui '11: I learned how to engage with Spanish speakers on a cultural, intellectual and professional level, and became a true world citizen.
The Lynk: Connecting Curriculum to Career
Obdulia Valle '15: I want to teach students about the Spanish language, cultures and people that encompass this language in Latin America and the US.
Jessie Babcock '03 with Secretary of Defense
Jessie Babcock ’03: When I decided to double-major in English & Spanish literature, I never could have guessed where my studies would lead.
Ye Li '11, Graduate Student
Ye Li '11: one of my proudest achievements during my undergraduate journey is my thesis in Spanish.
Natascha Martens (Nen) '05: through speaking multiple languages I started my professional career in academia and quickly moved to other fields.
Aviva Elzufon
Aviva Elzufon '10: through my Spanish major I developed the ability for critical, concise, well-written work throughout my post-graduate career.