||TYPES OF EMPLOYERS
- 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
and Diversity functions
- Marketing companies
- Public and private corporations in various
- 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
- Advertising agencies
- Public relations
- Broadcast media companies: t.v./film
- Large Media corporations
- 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
- Multicultural Programming
- Student Affairs or Student Support
- 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.
- Social Work
state, or local government, including: Dept. of Human Services, Veterans
and social service organizations including United Way, Red Cross, Goodwill
Industries,Adoptive Services, etc.
that aid minorities, immigrants and refugees
and group practice
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,
- 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
- Corporate Practice
- International & Human Rights
- Public Interest
- 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
- Prepare for and take Law School Admissions
Test (LSAT) or Grad Record Exam (GRE)
- Learn Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Chinese