||TYPES OF EMPLOYERS
- Development, Community building
- HIV/AIDS Advocacy
- Immigrant Rights
- International Housing
- Program Administration
- 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, churches
- Federal Government agencies, e.g. Peace Corps, USAID + Foreign Service/State
- International Aid and Relief organizations
- NGOs (Non-gov’t Organizations), e.g.
Action Aid, Oxfam, Amnesty Internat’l,
- Human Rights Watch, Private voluntary orgs-Rape Crisis, Planned Parenthood
- OUT/Right, AmFar, USAID, CHN-NYC
- Nonprofits, e.g. National Black Business Council
- 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.
- Plan to move to larger communities/cities.
- Seek cultural experiences on campus: Black,
Latino, international students
- Volunteer at relevant local social service &
community agencies for experience.
- Psychotherapy/Social Work
state, or local government, including:
- Dept. of Human Services
and social services organizationsincluding 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 through
part-time/summer jobs, internships, and
- 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
- 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.
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
- Conduct interviews with professionals
to learn more about career fields.
- Double major or minor in business.
- Earn an MBA or MPA.
- Gain business experience through internships.
- Join campus organizations or professional
societies and seek leadership roles.
- Learn how to sell your Africana Studies major
to companies that value cultural diversity.
- Know the top skills employers seek &
be prepared to demonstrate them: 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