What Can I Do With a Major In German, Scandinavian, Dutch?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major. German, Scandinavian, Dutch majors go on to successful careers in international 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 German, Scandinavian, Dutch majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Cross-cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Ability to speak another language
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively

Interest Code: AES

Graduate Programs in German, Scandinavian & Dutch

  • MA, German - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Scandinavian Studies: Literature and Politics

Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

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 GSD alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for GSD 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

Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Consultant - Life Services, LLC
  • Student Consultant - Integration Seminar
  • Controlling Intern - Bruker Biospin
  • Intern - Matthew Bribitzer-Stull

Entry-Level

  • Desktop Publishing Specialist - US Bank
  • Consultant - Deloitte
  • Customer Operations Analyst - SPS Commerce
  • Associate - Sparkasse Dachau (S&L Bank)
  • Senior Consultant - KPMG Advisory
  • Network Engineer - Perigee
  • Director of Group Travel - AAA Auto Club South
  • Engagement Manager - BHI
  • Managing Consultant - Scandia-Germania-Davis Consulting

Experienced

  • Owner - Vraa Translation
  • IT Business Analyst - Lindt & Sprungli*
  • Integrated Account Analyst - SPS Commerce
  • Freelance Brand Strategy & Innovation Consultant, Startup Advisor - Brandvib/J Frankling Marketing
  • Associate (Invest in Bavaria) - Bavarian Ministry of Economics
  • Loan Documentation - U.S. Bank
  • Site Supervisor & Counselor - Tree Trust
  • Project Manager - Bristol Group
  • Director, Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals - CDS International
  • Lead Technical Analyst - Carlson Companies
  • Director of Sales and Operations - Destination Tampa Bay
  • Sr. Manager, Product Management Operations - Bazaarvoice*
  • Manager, Integrated Fulfillment Support - SPS Commerce
  • Marketing Strategy & Innovation Consultant - Antenna
  • Vice President, Product Development & Partner Management - Citra Health Solutions*
  • Regional Sales Manager - Milestone AV Technologies
  • Director U.S. Strategist - PPR
  • Global Network Manager - St.Jude Medical
  • Owner - Bay Area Destination Management Inc.
  • Director of Product Management - WP Engine
  • Advisor - Belightful
  • Global Health Products & Solutions - Optum International
  • Managing Director, Corporate Officer - CoStar Group
  • Sr. Associate Director, Business Career Services - University of Illinois
  • Sr. Director Network and Voice Architecture - Ameriprise Financial Services

Graduate Programs

  • Certificate, Marketing Research - University of Georgia - Terry College of Business
  • Certificate, Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Stanford University
  • MBA - University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
  • MBA Finance, Real Estate
  • MA, Human Resource Education
  • MBA - Jones Graduate School of Business
Education

Internships

  • Biology Tutor - Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Library Student Assistant - O. Meredith Wilson Library
  • Research Intern - University of Minnesota
  • Intern & Tour Guide - Ard Godfrey House
  • Summer Intern - Kunstverein Siegen

Entry-Level

  • Teacher - Teach for America
  • Program Manager and Advisor - Lexia Study Abroad
  • Private German Tutor, Care.com
  • TandemPlus Assistant - CLA Language Center, University of Minnesota
  • Senior Aquatic Coordinator - YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
  • Book Cataloger - Minnesota Historical Society
  • English Teaching Assistant, KMK - Pädagogischer Austauschdienst
  • Translator - Pangeanic Translation Services, Technologies and Website

Experienced

  • Project Manager - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • International Relations and Recruitment Officer - Wageningen University
  • Lecturer - Sonans Privatgymnas
  • School Counselor & Life Skills Teacher - International Pioneers School*
  • Assistant Professor - University of Agder*
  • Professor - University of Phoenix*
  • Strategic Projects Coordinator - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Job Coach - The Cove School
  • Senior Executive Officer - University of Agder*
  • Professor - Keller Graduate School of Management*
  • Associate Director, Business Career Services - University of Illinois, College of Business*

Graduate Programs

  • Ed. M, Education Policy & Management - Harvard University - Graduate School of Education
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction - University of St. Thomas
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications

Internships

  • Marketing Intern - The Minnesota Daily
  • Digital Marketing Intern - Tiger Oak Media
  • Communications Intern - Swedish Council Of America
  • Intern - Corning Incorporated

Entry-Level

  • Sports Journalist - Dagbladet
  • Freelance Blogger - Independent/Freelance
  • Copywriter + Content Strategist - Olive & Company
  • Social Media Coordinator - University of Minnesota

Experienced

  • Journalist - NRK
  • Journalist - Aftenposten
  • Journalist - aStory
  • Editor - Synergium Sweden AB
  • Copywriter - TextMaster
  • Director of Grant Writing - Altered Esthetics
Government, Law, Public Policy & International Affairs

Internships

  • International Trade Intern - U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Multi-Industry Team Enforcement Intern - Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Rail Operations Intern - Metro Transit

Entry-Level

  • Legislative Assistant - Minnesota Senate
  • Researcher - Minnesota Senate
  • Health Policy Analyst - American Academy of Neurology
  • Administrative Assistant - Mack & Santana Law Offices, PC

Experienced

  • Attorney - Law and Mediator*
  • Associate Attorney - Føyen & Partners Group*
  • Associate Attorney - Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, PA*
  • Managing Attorney - SCANDIA-GERMANIA-DAVIS, PLLC*

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Public Administration
  • JD - Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • MA, Public Administration and Public Policy - Syracuse University
  • MA, Urban and Regional Planning - University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • JD - Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Nonprofits, Human Services & Social Justice

Internships

  • Youth Crew Leader - Montana Conservation Corps
  • Research Intern - Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Political Leader of Tomorrow Intern - womenwinning

Entry-Level

  • Program Manager - American-Scandinavian Foundation
  • Minnesota Grassroots Manager - American Cancer Society
  • STEP-UP Achieve Youth Services Coordinator - Achieve Mpls

Experienced

  • STEP-UP Achieve Manager of Youth Services - AchieveMpls
  • Leadership Design Fellow - KIPP Foundation

*Further education and/or training is often required