What Can I Do With a Major In Spanish & Portuguese Studies?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the Spanish & Portuguese studies majors. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Spanish & Portuguese majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include cross-cultural knowledge and understanding, ability to work well independently and collaboratively, and critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ASE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples

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 alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Business

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

Internships

  • Program Intern - Angel Albino Corzo Chiapas, Mexico Grounds for Health
  • Marketing and Communications Intern - YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
  • Social Media & Marketing Intern - PathSource
  • Intern - Sidera Consult
  • Marketing and Communications Intern - FOX Sports
  • Financial Advisor Intern - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Human Resources Assistant - Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
  • Corporate Sustainability Intern, Andersen Corporation

Entry-Level

  • Spanish Interpreter - The Language Banc
  • Sales Representative - Lifetouch
  • Global Partner Program Manager - Honeywell
  • Bilingual Benefits Specialist - Target
  • Bilingual Sales Representative - State Farm Insurance
  • Office Associate - Raymond W. Scallen
  • Crew Member - Omni Air International (OAI)
  • Account Planner - Fallon

Experienced

  • Senior Consultant - Deloitte Consulting
  • Bilingual Project Coordinator - Open Systems International
  • Human Resources Associate - Motorola Mobility
  • Market Development, Mexico/ Latin America - Concur
  • Global Digital Marketing Manager - Microsoft
  • Senior Justice Fellow - Open Society Institute
  • Sr. Bilingual Benefits Specialist - Target
  • Angel Investment Associate MBA Intern - Gopher Angels
  • Owner & CEO - USA Tumble Bees Gymnastics
  • Sales Consultant and App Developer - redpath
  • Vice President, Planning Director - Deutsch*
  • Operations Associate - ARCH Language Network
  • Director, Human Resources Business Partners - Walgreens*
  • Market Development, Nationals - Concur
  • Sales and Marketing - Precept Brands
  • Business Partner, Organizational Effectiveness - Target
  • Program Assistant - Grounds for Health
  • Gold Wellness Advocate - dOTERRA International LLC
  • Vice President, Strategic Planning - Edelman*
  • Manager, Translations & Special Projects - ARCH Language Network
  • Regional Sales Executive - Concur
  • Program Manager/ Partner Manager - Microsoft
  • Director of Sales Marketing - CueOps, LLC*
  • Business Development & Strategy Consultant
  • Latin American Representative - Falcon Coffees
  • Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist - Abbott
  • Director of Communications - "Let's Encrypt" a Linux Foundation project*
  • Marketing and Graphic Design Associate - Cushman and Wakefield

Graduate Programs

  • Senior Professional of Human Resources - Human Resources Certificate Institute
  • MBA, International Marketing - Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • MBA - University of St. Thomas
  • MBA - University of Minnesota
Tech

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

Entry-Level

  • Web Developer and Editor - 2inspire.us
  • Executive Assistant/Technical Editor - MinneTESOL
  • CX Insights Analyst - Best Buy
  • eCommerce Program Manager - C.H. Robinson
  • Database Consultant - Avenues for Homeless Youth
  • Security Operations Analyst - ING
  • Census Formatting Intern, Minnesota Population Center

Experienced

  • Senior Account Manager - United Data Technologies
  • Proposal Reviewer - TESOL International Association
  • Senior IT Project Manager - Agile Coach, C.H. Robinson*
  • International Service Parts Analyst - Delphax Technologies, Inc.*
  • Sr IT Security Specialist - Voya Financial*
Arts

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

Internships

  • Tour Guide Intern - Ard Godfrey House
  • Mentor/Intern - National History Day
  • Global Ambassador, Learning Abroad Center (UMN)
  • Museum Educator Intern, Children’s Museum of Minnesota
  • Translator, Common Hope

Entry-Level

  • Community Leader - Nonprofit Arts and Education Organizations
  • Musician/Bandleader - Robert Everest Music
  • Teaching Artist and Teen Program Coordinator - Artstart
  • Yoga Instructor - Inbound Yoga
  • Bilingual Travel Consultant - Hobbit Travel
  • Youth Worker - Community Partners With Youth
  • Editorial Assistant - Dwell Magazine
  • Human Resources Assistant - Twin Cities Public Television

Experienced

  • Spanish Interpreter - Garden and Associates
  • Owner/ Designer - Brooktia Corazon
  • Freelance Translator
  • Event Organizer/Director - Carnaval Brasileiro of the Twin Cities
  • Education Outreach Coordinator - Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
  • Managing Editor - Cultura Magazine
  • Owner/Painter/Designer - Bolii
  • Interior Designer - Wold Architects and Engineers*
  • Development Director - Women's Advocates, Inc.
  • Dance Instructor - DanceXcel Dance Studio

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Spanish Language and Translation - New York University
  • MA, Landscape Architecture - University of Minnesota
Education

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

Internships

  • Teaching Assistant - Rothenberger Institute
  • Corps Member - Teach For America
  • International Student and Scholar Services Welcome Desk Assistant - University of Minnesota
  • In Class Tutor, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Teaching English Internship, el colegio de garcilaso de la vega

Entry-Level

  • Community Assistant - La Casa de Esperanza
  • Spanish Teaching Assistant - University of California at San Diego
  • Event Services Attendant - University of Minnesota St. Paul Student Center
  • Program Services Aide - Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Experienced

  • Assistant Director - Study Abroad, Princeton University*
  • Assistant Professor - Boston University*
  • Client Intake Specialist - Goldenberg Law
  • Research Assistant - National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism
  • Director - Office of International Studies & Programs, John Jay College
  • Youth Educational Advocate - Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Adjunct Lecturer, International Studies - City College of New York*
  • ESL Teacher - Minneapolis Public Schools*
  • Teacher - Edina Public Schools*
  • English Teacher - Gredos San Diego*
  • 4th Grade Teacher - Hiawatha Leadership Academy*
  • 5th Grade Teacher - Ch'ooshgai Community School*
Healthcare & Science

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

Internships

  • Certified Nursing Assistant - Interim HealthCare Inc.
  • Medical Scribe - Lakes Dermatology
  • Medical Scribe - Twin Cities Orthopedics

Entry-Level

  • Proposal Writer - HealthPartners
  • Youth and Family Worker - Tubman

Experienced

  • Registered Nurse - North Memorial Hospital*
  • Audiologist Assistant - HealthPartners*
  • Research Assistant - Vitreo Retinal Surgery*
  • Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery - Aurora Health Care*
  • Emergency Room Technician - Regions Hospital
  • Bilingual Mental Health Case Manager - Headway Emotional Health Services*
  • Project Coordinator - Physician Advocacy Network, Twin Cities Medical Society
  • Project Coordinator - My Health My Community, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Research Manager - Division of Applied Research, Allina Health*
  • Chief Operations Officer - Havasu Regional Medical Center, LifePoint Health*

Graduate Programs

  • MS, Kinesiology and Exercise Science - University of Minnesota

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.