Carnegie Mellon University

Careers and Internships

What can I do with a degree in Modern Languages?

The question most frequently asked by students seeking assistance with career planning is "What can I do with this major?"

There are tons of opportunities for students fluent in a language as well as for those interested in combining foreign language proficiency with other skills and areas of expertise. There is an increasing demand for speakers of a variety of foreign languages not only in the academic arena but in a range of businesses and industries, enabling graduates to pursue a wide range of professions. While the possibilities are endless, here is a quick list of potential career paths:

International Business: international banking; marketing; management; sales representative for divisions of industries such as high-tech, auto, appliances, food, cosmetics, clothing, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals

Communications: editor, publisher, literary agent, interpreter, translator, public relations, writer, radio and television

Education: graduate school, law school, medical school, bilingual education, foreign languages in elementary and secondary schools, college teaching

Government: Defense, Department of State, Foreign Service, FBI and CIA, U.S. Information Agency, Immigration, Customs, International Development, Commerce, U.S. Travel Service, United Nations

Kristin Staunton is the Dietrich College Career Consultant in the Career & Professional Development Center.