Area: Government

Sub-Area:

    Employers:

    • Federal agencies including:
      • The Smithsonian Institute
      • National Archives and Records
      • Library of Congress
      • National Park Service
      • Intelligence services
      • Foreign service
    • State and local agencies including:
      • Archives and libraries
      • Museums, parks, and historic sites
      • Municipal archives
      • Arts and humanities councils

    Strategies & Information:

    • Gain relevant experience in student government or other related organizations.
    • Complete an internship with a government agency.
    • Maintain a superior academic record.
    • Plan on obtaining an advanced degree.
    • Develop foreign language skills.
    • Become familiar with specialized government hiring procedures.
    • Consider a variety of entry-level positions in all branches of local, state, and federal government.

    Area: Politics

    Sub-Area:

    Employers:

    • Elected or appointed public officials (i.e., legislators, governors, mayors, judges)
    • National political party headquarters
    • Public interest/advocacy groups
    • Political campaigns

    Strategies & Information:

    • Gain experience and make contacts through internships with government agencies or public officials.
    • Volunteer to work with public interest groups, political campaigns, political associations, or community service projects.
    • Participate in student government and campus politics.

    Area: Law

    Sub-Area:

    Employers:

    • Law firms
    • Corporate legal departments
    • Government agencies
    • Public advocacy groups

    Strategies & Information:

    • Obtain paralegal training or law degree.
    • Gain experience through summer or part-time work in a law firm.
    • Volunteer with a public advocacy group.
    • Participate in mock trial and pre-law associations.

    Area: Nonprofit Organizations

    Sub-Area:

    Employers:

    • History museums and historic sites
    • Historical associations and societies
    • Cultural heritage organizations
    • Historical projects
    • Research and service institutions

    Strategies & Information:

    • Volunteer with various nonprofit organizations of interest.
    • Consider supplementing curriculum with relevant course work in anthropology, sociology, art history, or foreign languages.

    Area: Curatorial and Archival Management

    Sub-Area:

    Employers:

    • Museums
    • Historical homes
    • Art galleries
    • Special collections
    • Historical societies
    • Libraries
    • Universities and colleges
    • National, state, and local government
    • Corporations
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Research institutes

    Strategies & Information:

    • Acquire strong computer knowledge and experience.
    • Obtain an internship or volunteer in a related organization.
    • Develop excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Hone organizational skills and develop attention to detail.
    • Earn a master's degree in information sciences for advanced opportunities in data management.

    Area: Journalism

    Sub-Area:

    • Broadcast
    • Print

    Employers:

    • News departments of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations
    • Syndicated radio services
    • Newspapers
    • National, state, and regional radio networks

    Strategies & Information:

    • Work on campus newspaper, TV, or radio.
    • Find summer or part-time work with local commercial TV or radio station.
    • Volunteer with public TV or radio.
    • Consider obtaining a minor or double major in journalism or broadcasting/electronic media.

    Area: Education

    Sub-Area:

    • Teaching
      • Elementary, Middle, or Secondary
      • Higher Education
    • Community Education

    Employers:

    • Public and private schools
    • Colleges and universities
    • Museums
    • Zoological parks, aquariums, wildlife refuges, and bird sanctuaries
    • Arboretums, gardens, and conservatories
    • Camps
    • National and state parks

    Strategies & Information:

    • Develop excellent presentation skills.
    • Become skilled in the use of multimedia.
    • Learn how to develop curriculums and workshops.
    • Become an "expert" in a particular subject.
    • Obtain teaching certificate for public school teaching.
    • Obtain a graduate degree for college and/or university teaching.
    • Gain experience as a tutor, camp counselor, church school teacher, etc.
    • Build strong relationships with professors, supervisors, or other community leaders for strong personal recommendations.
    • Complete an internship or volunteer in a setting of interest.

    Area: Business

    Sub-Area:

    • Management
    • Sales
    • Office Administration

    Employers:

    • All major retail firms including drug, specialty, variety, and department store chains
    • Wholesalers
    • Manufacturers
    • Insurance companies
    • Real estate agencies
    • Financial institutions
    • Nonprofit organizations

    Strategies & Information:

    • Earn a minor in business.
    • Obtain related experience through advertisement sales positions with campus yearbook or newspaper.
    • Gain relevant retail sales experience.
    • Acquire good computer and statistical skills.
    • Develop excellent communication skills.
    • Demonstrate a high energy level.
    • Obtain leadership experience in student or community organizations.
    • Consider an MBA for brand management, consulting, and research opportunities.

    General Information and Strategies