Careers for German Studies Majors and Minors

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.

Example Alumni Job Titles Example Alumni Employers
  • Business Development Manager
  • Communications Director
  • European Sales Coordinator
  • IT Project Manager
  • Product Support Engineer
  • Professor of German
  • Supplier Management
  • Teacher
  • AT&T
  • Microsoft
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Syracuse University
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • The Boeing Company
  • U.S. Department of the Interior

Alumni Profiles


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:

Additional Career & Job Resources


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