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Careers for Romance Languages and Spanish Majors

Proficiency in foreign languages will help you find employment in business, travel and tourism, government, law, public health, marketing, public relations, technology, healthcare, media, and education.

Our students participate in internships with multinational companies in the New York area and in Europe so that they will have an enticing resume and good connections when they graduate. Students can do an internship during the semester, during winter term, or during the summer. The students gain value work experience, contacts, and earn 3 credits toward their degree for each internship they participate in. Faculty work with the students to identify a multi-national corporation in New York City they would like to work for; to contact the company; and to arrange for a custom-tailored internship. These internship lead to successful careers.

According to an article in CNN Money, the hottest job skill now is fluency in a foreign language:
“The Army, NYPD and State Department can't get enough workers with this job skill. Neither can Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, local courts and schools. Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, according to the Department of Labor.  Roughly 25,000 jobs are expected to open up for interpreters (who focus on spoken language) and translators (who focus on written language), between 2010 and 2020, the Department of Labor estimates. That represents 42% growth for the field and does not include the military, which is also           recruiting ferociously for more people.


career options

College graduates with foreign language skills can work in a wide range of business sectors: 

  • In government: Department of State (foreign service positions) Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Peace Corps, Department of Justice.
  • travel agencies
  • translation and interpretation (medical interpreter, business interpreter, multimedia translation)
  • multilingual SE0 companies
  • teaching
  • hotel manager, travel agent, airline customer service agent
  • sports organizations
  • advertising departments and agencies
  • banks, savings and loans, and credit unions
  • environmental firms
  • public relations departments and firms
  • software, hardware, and told relocations manufacturers
  • hotels and motels
  • airlines, railroads and cruise lines
  • hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • agazines, newspapers, radio stations, cable networks, TV stations
  • manufacturing firms


STAC has alumni in many of these areas and we work hard to place our graduates in any one of these exciting and lucrative areas.


New york: The nation's center for international business

Multinational Corporations with Headquarters in New York:


New York is also home to the world’s largest diplomatic community, including the United Nations, 193 permanent missions, 114 consulates, 75 trade commissions, and almost 2,000 foreign companies. Over 170 languages are spoken in New York and nearly 8.5 million people from countries all over the world reside in New York.


INTERNSHIPS AND JOB PLACEMENT

Students participate in internships with multinational companies in the New York area and in Europe so that they will have an enticing resume and good connections when they graduate. Students can do an internship during the semester, during winter term, or during the summer. Students who partake in an internship gain valuable work experience and contacts, and earn 3 credits toward their degree for each internship they participate in. Faculty work with the students to identify a multi-national corporation in New York City they would like to work for; to contact the company; and to arrange for a custom-tailored internship.

Faculty in the Departments of Romance Languages and Spanish work closely with graduates to help them get a job with a multi-national company or in teaching. We offer our students job coaching and a myriad of services through the Office of Career Development. This office is an integral part of the educational process, assisting our diverse students and alumni population in developing self-assessment, decision-making, and job search skills that are essential for life long career and professional development. The office serves the college community and employers by linking academics and the world of work.


Careers for Teachers

Teach!  Spanish Language programs are facing a serious teacher shortage all over the NY Metro area.  In fact, over the past five years 100% of all Spanish/Secondary Education majors at STAC were able to get teaching jobs within months after graduation.  And here is the best news: there are numerous grants and loan forgiveness programs aimed at students who major in Spanish! 

Check these out:
Teach New York City
Teach for America
Teach Grant Program

Students who want to become teachers receive certification for teaching grades 7-12 in our Adolescence Education program. For more information on degree requirements, visit the School of Education page.