What Can I Do With a Major In American Indian Studies?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major! American Indian Studies majors go on to successful careers in business, academics, advocacy, politics, government, publishing, the arts, research, and much more.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and American Indian Studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analysis and critical-thinking skills
  • In-depth knowledge of American Indian affairs
  • Expertise in cultural diversity and differing perspectives
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Broad understanding of cross-cultural and diversity issues
 
 
 

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Graduate School Programs related to American Indian Studies

Professional Organizations

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are American Indian Studies alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for American Indian Studies majors utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Education

Entry-Level

  • Ojibwe Immersion Teacher - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Associate Educator - Osseo Area Schools
  • ESL Teacher - Phichai Secondary School
  • Charles A. Eastman Predoctoral Fellow - Dartmouth College
  • College PREP Mentor - Division of Indian Work
  • Mentor - Rural America Initiatives
  • Tutor - Migizi Communications
  • Development Officer - Hearthstone of Minnesota
  • Counselor - Eastside Neighborhood Services

Experienced

  • Guest lecturer - Michigan State University*
  • Teaching Assistant - Michigan State University*
  • Archaeological Illustrator - University of Minnesota*
  • Guest Lecturer - University of Minnesota*
  • International Education Graduate Intern - Willamette University*
  • Teacher - School District 196*
  • Indigenous Language Specialist - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Dakota Language Immersion Teacher - Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Project
  • Director of Student Accounts, Bursar - Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Teacher, American Indian Studies - Saint Paul Public Schools*
  • Founder, CEO, Instructional Coach - Mathematize, Inc
  • Academic Advisor - Capella University*
  • Private EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Tutor - Self-employed Private Tutor
  • Community Outreach Coordinator/Lead Instructor - Sylvan Learning
  • President's Postdoctoral Fellow - University of California*
  • Laboratory Research Coordinator & Research Safety Officer - University of Minnesota Rochester
  • SMART Nations Program Coordinator - Division of Indian Work
  • Director of Development - Community of Peace Academy Charter School
  • Director of Advancement - Risen Christ School
  • Counselor - Independent Counseling (self-employed)*
  • Native American Outreach Liaison - ISD 197*
  • Counselor/consultant - Holy Spirit School*
  • Adjunct Professor of Sociology - San Diego Community College District*

Graduate Programs

Business, Consulting, Marketing, & Sales

Internships

  • Intern - Goodnature

Entry-Level

  • The Glue - The Clicquot Club
  • Business Analyst - Ameriprise Financial
  • Project Specialist - Ceres Environmental Services
  • Associate - BlueDog, Paulson & Small P.L.L.P.
  • Income Verification Manager - Best Vendors
  • Operations Manager - Lifetime Fitness
  • Executive Assistant - Nutro Products
  • Softlines Merchandise Coordinator - Target
  • Art Buyer Specialist - Target
  • Service Staff at the Glitretind - Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
  • Sales and Marketing Assistant - Independent Craft Beer and Spirits
  • Whitewater Guide, Customer Service - Yellowstone Raft Co

Experienced

  • Owner - Audrey Rose Vintage
  • Administrative Assistant - Minnesota Academy of Science
  • General Manager - The Toucan and The Lion
  • Business Process Analyst - Hennepin County*
  • Board of Directors Treasurer - Minnesota Brewer's Association
  • President - Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild
  • Co-founder and Director of Operations - Indeed Brewing Company
  • Founding Member - Brodeen & Paulson PLLP*
  • Realtor, GRI, Broker - Counselor Realty*
  • Registration Assistant - WeSNIP
  • Program Assistant - Opportunity Council
  • Senior Managing Consultant - Fox Advancement
  • Dealer Service Representative - Mystery Ranch
  • Associate Store Team Leader - Whole Foods Market

Graduate Programs

  • MBA, Nonprofit Management, Marketing & Communications - University of St. Thomas School of Business
Arts & Culture

Entry-Level

  • Art Director - Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
  • Staff Photographer - University of St. Thomas

Experienced

  • Community News and Information Editor - Black Hills Knowledge Network
  • Owner - 2winfocus Photography
  • Artist - Cement Mixers
  • Director of Curation, Art Alley - Michigan Art Share
  • Creative and Research Consultant - Potter Park Zoo
  • Director - Michigan Native Arts Collection

Graduate Programs

  • MFA, Visual Studies - Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Government, Law, Public Policy, & International Affairs

Internships

  • Intern at U.S. House of Representatives
  • Legal Intern - Milwaukee County Circuit Court Civil Division
  • Legal Intern - Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel
  • Intern - United States Department of Agriculture
  • Summer Law Clerk - Youth Law Project, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance

Entry-Level

  • Policy Drafting Consultant - Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • Guardian and Litem-ICWA Specialist - Fourth Judicial District State of Minnesota
  • Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Law Clerk, Fourth Judicial District State of Minnesota
  • Deputy Solicitor General - Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Deputy Field Director - Jacob Frey for City Council
  • Committee Page - Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Director - Minnesota Young DFL
  • Legal Assistant - Marcus Family Law Center, PLC

Experienced

  • Associate Attorney - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.*
  • West Jury Verdicts Contractor - Thomson Reuters Westlaw
  • Associate - Haukaas Law Office, S.C.*
  • Law Clerk - The Previant Law Firm, S.C.
  • Research Assistant - U.S. Senate
  • Tribal Liaison/Staff Assistant - U.S. Senate
  • Associate Attorney - Best & Flanagan*
  • Attorney - Hogen Adams PLLC*
  • National Committee Representative - Minnesota Young DFL
  • Field Organizer - Al Franken for Senate 2014
  • Campaign Manager - Applebaum for State Representative
  • Principal Planner - Minnesota Department of Human Services

Graduate Programs

Nonprofit, Human Services, & Social Justice

Entry-Level

  • AmeriCorps VISTA - Arizona Saves
  • Cultural Case Manager - Minneapolis American Indian Center Minneapolis
  • Vice President - Little Earth of United Tribes

Experienced

  • Zero-Waste Coordinator, Friendly Streets Initiative
  • Grants Contracts Monitor/Project Coordinator, Special-projects Administration - Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • OSSIII - Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
  • Best Outcomes for Indian Children Project Facilitator & Western Coordinator - Ho-Chunk Nation
  • President/CEO - Native American Community Development Institute
  • Business & Development Specialist - Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition
  • Communications and Executive Affairs Coordinator - Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

Graduate Programs

Healthcare & Science

Experienced

  • Senior Public Health Specialist - City of Minneapolis*
  • Optometrist - Arizona Eye Institute*
  • Senior Policy and Community Engagement Liaison, Health Equity Initiative - Multnomah County Health Department
  • Nocturnal Supervisor - Dorothy Day Hospital House
  • Staff Registered Nurse - Sinai Health System*

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