What can I do with a major in Italian?
UGA Specific Information for Italian
Students majoring in Italian will take courses that combine the study of literature, language, culture, and linguistics in order to a develop language proficiency and an understanding of the Italian-speaking world. Primary emphasis for Italian majors is on Italian speaking countries found in Western Europe. Many companies in the United States and abroad are looking for employees who speak more than one language. Having a greater sense of the Italian culture and language, students are prepared for professions in government, politics, international relations and business, banking, trade, travel, or other related professions. Even if students don’t use his or her ability to speak Italian, the cultural awareness gained is a transferable skill that will be highly prized.
Possible Employers Who May Hire UGA Italian Majors
AFS Intercultural Programs | ARCH Language Network | CapTel | CB Richard Ellis | Cenarte | Chambers of Commerce | Delta Airlines | EDUCAUSE | Embassies | Global Collect | Google, Inc. | International Studies Abroad | Jericho Translations | National Archives | News Bureaus | Peace Corps | Travel Agencies | UCAR/NCAR | Unity Village
Possible Job Titles for UGA Italian Majors
| Associate Editor | Associate Project Manager | Bilingual Instructor | Business Developer | CIA/FBI Special Agent | Client Services Coordinator | Customs Official | Development Assistant | Diplomat | Environmental Translator | Foreign News Journalist | Multicultural Communications
UGA Italian Career Outcomes for the Class of 2015*
** Includes Self-Employed
- Department of Romance Languages - Italian Program
- The Language Communities at UGA
- Language Resource Center
- Conversation Groups and Language Tables
To find additonal clubs and organizations, visit the Center for Student Organizations.
And connect with your Career Consultant!
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
The study of languages develops a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.
- Cross-cultural communication
- Expressing & understanding multiple viewpoints
- Presenting information logically
- Reading critically
- Writing effectively
- Linguistic sophistication
- Understanding cultural differences
- Sensitivity to cultural issues
- Flexibility in thinking and learning
- Ability to adjust to new environments
- Appreciation of cultural history, literature, politics, music, and more
- Thinking collaboratively
- Analyzing information, cultures, and complex problems
- Comparing & contrasting interpretations
- Offering diverse perspectives
- Assessing cultural differences
- Synthesizing themes
- Research skills
- Assessing needs
- Defining problems
- Understanding alternative perspectives
- Gathering information from a variety of sources
- Weighing alternatives
- Generating creative solutions
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- U.S. State Department
- Government agencies (e.g. National Security Agency)
- Embassy (U.S. & foreign)
- Museums (e.g. Smithsonian Institutions)
- Educational Programs (e.g. Summerbridge)
- Consulting firms (e.g. Social Technologies)
- Media (e.g. ABC Nightline, Dateline NBC)
- Choose an additional academic area of study to supplement the foreign language, preferably one that requires a high degree of technical skill. Most people with foreign language ability use those skills to assist them in a different career field such as business, education, journalism, law, etc.
- Related courses to study include geography, history, civilization, foreign relations, international law, and world economics.
- Plan to attend a private language institute to learn additional languages and cultures.
- Utilize a number of learning methods to develop language fluency. Combine listen and repeat drills, textbooks, audio lessons, and learning apps.
- Travel to a foreign country or study abroad in international exchange programs to develop your language skills and international/intercultural competency.
- Study and practice your foreign language skills by reading foreign newspapers, magazines, and books.
- Seek opportunities to interact with international students on your campus or members of your local community. Host international students, join relevant student organizations, and participate in international campus events.
- Watch foreign movies and listen to foreign broadcasts to maintain your fluency.
- Volunteer your language skills to churches, community organizations, and programs that work with people who speak your target language.
- Correspond with someone from a foreign country.
- Contact professional associations and read their publications to learn about job opportunities.
- Research job postings on the Internet to get an idea of jobs in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful.
- Participate in summer programs, co-ops, and internships to improve your skills.
- Network with others in the field to learn about job opportunities.
- In general, international positions are competitive and difficult to obtain. Be very proactive in developing the skills and experiences international employers seek.
- Get your foot in the door in domestic positions because many international employers promote current employees into international positions
- Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- GoinGlobal - International (to access, login with your DAWGlink account)
- Idealist - Nonprofit
- USAJOBS - Federal
- Bilingual Jobs
- Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
- CIA Foreign Language Positions
- FBI Jobs
- The American Chamber of Commerce in Italy
- The Electronic Embassy: U.S. Foreign Embassies
- Italy-America Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Department of State Careers
- U.S. Travel Association
- United Nations Internships/Careers