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- Labor and Worker Rights
- Black organizations, e.g. National Association of the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP),
National Action Network, 100 Black Men, National Council of La Raza
organizations (FBOs) and churches
government agencies with a community focus, e.g.
Peace Corps, USAID, and the Foreign Service (State Department) or focus on
community assistance, e.g. Housing and Urban Development and the Department
of Health and Human Services
aid and relief organizations
(Non-governmental Organizations), e.g.Action Aid, Oxfam, International Red
organizations, e.g. National Black Business Council
and local government agencies
excellent research, writing, communication, and organizational skills.
- Learn how to motivate individuals and
leadership roles in campus organizations, e.g. the NAACP.
a language spoken in Africa, e.g. Swahili or Zulu; or in Latin America, e.g. Spanish, Portuguese or
in campus “alternative break” trips or church-led mission trips to places such as the
Caribbean, South America, or Africa.
to move to larger communities for more opportunities.
cultural experiences on campus and get involved with the international student population.
at relevant local social service & community agencies
to gain experience and demonstrate interest.
- Psychotherapy/Social Work
state, or local government, including:
- Dept. of Human Services
and social services organizationsincluding United Way, Red Cross, Goodwill
Salvation Army, etc.
that aid minorities, immigrants and refugees or focus on cultural issues
and group practice
organizations including YMCA, Boys and Girls Club
knowledge of government and
community resources available for those in need.
essential practical experience through part-time or summer jobs, internships, and study abroad.
to work well with different types of people and gain experience working with diverse
a graduate degree in psychology,
counseling, or social work for increased counseling
opportunities or advancement
in training opportunities, e.g.
suicide prevention or crisis hotline
curriculum with courses in
psychology, social work, or child and family studies.
with organizations that assist
people of diverse backgrounds, such as
services to refugees and
Law, Politics & Administration
or Appointed Leadership
- Corporate Practice
- International &
- Public Interest
or Executive Aide/Assistant
agencies, e.g. US African Development Agency, US Agency for International
Development, Department of Labor
interest groups, e.g. Southern Poverty Law Center
relevant experience through jobs or
internships with law firms, government
involved with the pre-law society on
a high grade point average and
secure strong faculty recommendations.
the J.D. for law positions or an
advanced degree in political science, public administration, international development, international
relations or public policy for government
in activities that develop strong debate and public speaking skills such as mock trial.
for and take the Law School
Admission Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
curriculum with relevant courses to prepare for law school or public administration.
and community libraries
Development, e.g. Educational
Advancement Program, Student Conduct and
- Upward Bound
strong communication and public speaking skills.
a Ph.D. to teach and research at four-year institutions. The interdisciplinary nature of Africana studies makes it good preparation
for advanced education in a variety of
fields in the humanities and social sciences.
involved in leadership roles on campus such as peer mentor, resident advisor, or orientation
related professional associations as a student member.
a master’s degree in student affairs or library/information science if interested in those areas.
strong recommendations from faculty and maintain a high grade point average.
to assist a professor with research or take an independent study class.
Business & Industry
and Diversity functions
and private corporations in various industries including:
- Banks and financial
- Businesses targeting
a Black clientele
- Consumer goods
- Hotels and
- Insurance companies
- Retail stores
willing to start in a management-trainee program or other entry-level positions.
current with business and industry expectations,
literature and news.
informational interviews with
professionals to learn more about career
major or minor in business.
an MBA or a graduate degree in another area of interest for more advanced opportunities.
business experience through internships or part-time and summer jobs.
in corporate sector.
campus organizations or professional societies and seek leadership roles.
how to sell your Africana Studies major to companies that value cultural diversity.
the top skills employers desire and be prepared to demonstrate them, such as
communication (oral and written), computer,
interpersonal, leadership, and teamwork.
job searching, seek employers interested in hiring “any major.”
Communications & Media
media companies including television and movie industry
and Internet sites marketed toward African Americans, e.g. Ebony, Essence
Local and Federal government
Professional, or consumer publications
- Become familiar with the proposal and
submission process involved in freelance
writing. Create a portfolio of writing
samples, especially those that have been
with a publishing house, magazine or other relevant organization.
a minor in English or journalism or take other writing-focused classes.
an interest in Africana Studies with
communication skills to write on topics of interest to
minorities, or for publications targeting a
Black or Latino audience.
opportunities for recognition and
networking through writing contests and
to assist or tutor students.
for campus publications such as college newspapers, magazines, or