What can you do with a degree in German or German Cultural Studies?
Students in German Studies benefit from extensive opportunities for hands-on experience and personal growth in a supportive environment. The confidence they gain from these practices empowers them to succeed in diverse fields. Many of our alumni use their advanced level of proficiency in German to begin careers that leverage their linguistic skills and cultural competency. Others use the in-demand skills they have learned—verbal interpretation and analysis, critical thinking, and solving complex problems—to pursue careers in business, law, international relations, marketing, finance, technology, and education. To help students see the world of possibilities that come with their degree, we regularly sponsor career-mentoring lunches and events with alumni.
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- There's a Job for That! - Take a quick quiz to learn what College of Arts & Sciences alumni with similar interests have done since graduating.
- Next Destination for German Studies Majors — See survey data from recent UW graduates on the opportunities they pursued immediately after graduation.
- UW LinkedIn — See career trajectories of UW graduates from German Studies as well as other fields.
- Department Newsletter — Read the latest news from our department, including updates from our alumni.
Internships offer German Studies students the opportunity to apply their German language skills in practice while gaining valuable work experience in public institutions or private businesses. One of the most popular internship options is offered in cooperation with the Seattle Area German American School. Other opportunities are available in Seattle, as well as in Germany. See our Internships page.
Career & Job Resources from UW
The University of Washington offers diverse resources to help students build the skills to launch their careers:
- C21: Center for 21st Century Liberal Learning — Offers immersive learning experiences, partnerships both on campus and in the community, and a network of mentors to help guide students in the College of Arts & Sciences on the pathway toward selecting a major and preparing for a career after college.
- Career & Internship Center — Supports students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, and develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success.
- Handshake Recruiting Platform — Find internships and jobs using the Career Center’s powerful recruiting platform.
- Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center — Coordinates and connects students to community-based experiences in and around Seattle.
- Career Paths for German Studies Majors (PDF) - Prepared by the Career & Internship Center
Additional Career & Job Resources
- Certificate in Localization: Customizing Software for the World
- Internationalization and Localization UW program on the online learning platform edX
- GALA (Globalization and Localization) includes a job board
- LOC World (Localization)