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 Career Paths and Strategies


  • Development, Community building
    • HIV/AIDS Advocacy
    • Immigrant Rights
    • Refugee Advocacy, DISASTER Relief
    • Fundraising &/or Grant Writing
    • Victim Rights
    • Labor and Worker Rights
    • Policy Development
  • Black &/or Latino organizations, e.g. (NAACP), National Action Network, 100 Black Men, National Council of La Raza, BLM/Black-Lives-Matter.
  • Faith-based organizations/FBOs
  • Federal Government agencies:. Peace Corps, USAID + Foreign Service
  • International Aid and Relief organizations
  • NGOs (Non-gov’t Organizations), e.g.
    Action Aid, Oxfam, Amnesty Internat’l,
  • Human Rights Watch
  • OUT/Right, AmFar, USAID, CHN-NYC
  • Nonprofits, e.g. National Black Business Council, Rape Crisis, Planned Parenthood
  • State and local gov’t orgs, trade unions
  • Develop research, writing, communication, & organizational skills. Learn to motivate.
    Earn leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Learn a language spoken in Africa, e.g. Swahili; or Latin America, e.g. Spanish, Creole.
  • Participate in campus “alternative break” trips or church-led trips to Lat.Amer., Africa.
  • Seek cultural experiences on campus: Black,
    Latino, international students
  • Volunteer at relevant local social service &
    community agencies for experience.

Business & Industry

  • Advertising
  • Consulting
  • Equity and Diversity functions
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Training and Development
  • Marketing companies
  • Public and private corporations in various
    industries including:
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Businesses targeting a Black clientele
    • Consumer goods manufacturers
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Insurance companies
    • Retail stores
  • Public relations agencies
  • Staffing agencies
  • Learn about business expectations
  • Double major or minor in business.
  • Earn an MBA or MPA.
  • Gain business experience via internships.
  • Join campus organizations or professional
    societies and seek leadership roles.
  • Learn how to sell your ALS major to companies that value cultural diversity.
  • Know the top skills employers seek: oral +
    written communication, computer,
    interpersonal, leadership & teamwork

Communications & Media

  • Copy Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Journalism
  • Research and Analysis
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relations
  • Broadcast media companies: t.v./film
  • Large Media corporations
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
  • Publications and Internet sites marketed
    to African Americans, e.g. Ebony, Essence, O/prah
  • Learn the proposal and submission process.
  • Create a portfolio of writing samples.
  • Write for campus publications.
  • Intern with a publishing house or magazine.
  • Obtain a minor in English or journalism.
  • Pair an interest in Africana Studies with
    communication skills to write on topics of
    interest/targeted to Blacks or Latinos.
  • Seek networking through writing contest


  • Administration
  • Multicultural Programming
  • Student Affairs or Student Support
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Information/Library Science
  • Campus cultural centers
  • School and community libraries
  • Student Development, e.g. Educational
    Advancement Program, Judicial Affairs and Upward bound
  • Universities and colleges
  • Cultural heritage museums
  • Develop strong communication skills.
  • Earn a Ph.D. to teach at 4-year
    institutions. Africana Studies is good
    in a variety of fields.
  • Become leader on campus: peer mentor,
    RA/res. advisor or orientation leader.
  • Join professional associations as student.
  • Assist professor with research
  • Obtain M.A. in student affairs or library sc.

Human Services

  • Counseling
  • Administration
  • Case Management
  • Community Relations
  • Mental Health Services
  • Social Work
  • Federal, state, or local government, including: Dept. of Human Services, Veterans Administration, Hospitals and clinics
  • Nonprofit and social service organizations including United Way, Red Cross, Goodwill Industries,Adoptive Services, etc.
  • Organizations that aid minorities, immigrants and refugees
  • Private and group practice
  • Residential treatment
  • Youth organizations including YMCA, Boys and Girls Club
  • Acquire knowledge of government & local
    resources available for those in need.
  • Gain practical experience with summer jobs, internships, study abroad.
  • Learn to work well with diverse clientele, e.g., homeless, refugees, immigrants.
  • Get training in suicide prevention
  • Earn a graduate degree in psychology,
    counseling, or social work.

Law, Politics & Administration

  • Electoral politics:
    • Campaign Management
    • Legislative or Executive Aide/Assistant
  • Intelligence/Security
  • Law
    • Civil
    • Corporate Practice
    • Immigration
    • International & Human Rights
    • Public Interest
  • Lobbying
  • Program Administration
  • Public Policy Research
  • Corporate legal departments
  • District attorneys
  • Government agencies, e.g. US African
    Development Agency, US Agency for
    International Development, Labor Dept,
  • FBI, CIA, Homeland Security
  • Law firms
  • Legal aid
  • Lobbying groups
  • Public defenders offices
  • Public interest groups: Southern Poverty
  • Law Center
  • Sole practitioner
  • Gain relevant experience through jobs or internships with law firms, government
    agencies, or mediation centers.
  • Involvement in campus pre-law society
  • Maintain a high grade point average and
    secure strong faculty recommendations.
  • Obtain a J.D. for law positions or an
    advanced degree in political science, public
    administration, international development
    or public policy for government positions.
  • Participate in activities that develop strong
    debate and public speaking skills such as
    mock trial.
  • Prepare for and take Law School Admissions
    Test (LSAT) or Grad Record Exam (GRE)
  • Learn Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Chinese



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