A liberal arts education prepares you for the challenges of a changing and unpredictable world, equipping you with the skills to communicate, debate, solve problems and think critically. Here's a sampling of careers paths for modern languages and literatures majors.

First Jobs

  • Technical intern, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington
  • Middle school teacher, Teach for America, TexasIntern at WNYC and Public International's Studio 360
  • Paralegal, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
  • Coordinator of English and reading, Voluntarios de la Esperanza
  • Teacher, Teach for America, Chicago
  • French and Spanish teacher, Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Fulbright teaching assistant, Jordan
  • Junior operations associate, Cambridge Associates, Arlington, Virginia
  • Paralegal, Covington & Burling, LLP, Washington
  • Teacher of Spanish, Svern School, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Fulbright teaching assistant, Austria
  • Fulbright scholar, Argentina

Careers

  • Director of marketing research, Nationwide Insurance
  • Director of eCommerce, Marriott International
  • Anesthesiologist, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Cataloging program specialist: Library of Congress, Washington
  • CIA, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Animation artist, Motionart, Inc., Boston
  • Talent management consultant, Carl Zeiss Meditec
  • Attorney, Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Chief executive officer, LegalShield 
  • Head of Latin America insurance, Uber
  • Vice president of marketing, Guardian Life
  • Head of foreign languages, Friends School of Baltimore
  • Assistant professor, George Mason University
  • Senior communications strategist, NAACP Legal Defense/Educational Fund
  • Assistant general counsel & ethics officer, Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Associate director, TESOL Programs, Pontificia Univ. Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • London freelance correspondent, CBS Radio, NPR
  • Associate professor of German, Colby College
  • Vice president, Government Relations Asia, MetLIfe
  • Program officer for South Asia, U.S. Department of State
  • Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control
  • Director, Federal Public Policy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Professor of Latina/o Studies, Williams College
  • Senior translator/reviser, Inter-American Development Bank
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  • Vice president, Credit Suisse