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

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Major Information

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

This major focuses on language and on Latin American or Luso-Brazilian literature and culture. Learn more about this major through the Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

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:

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

Interest Code: ASE

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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 Spanish and Portuguese Studies alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Spanish and Portuguese 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

Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

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.

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
Technology, Data, & Analytics

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

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 & Culture

Internships

  • Tour Guide Intern - Ard Godfrey House
  • Mentor/Intern - National History Day

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

Internships

  • Teaching Assistant - Rothenberger Institute
  • Corps Member - Teach For America
  • International Student and Scholar Services Welcome Desk Assistant - University of Minnesota

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

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

*Further education and/or training is often required