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Why study Spanish?
Spanish is a major global language, with over 400 million speakers. It is also a major language in the United States, where it is spoken by over 30 million people. As the influence of Spanish-speaking cultures increases both here and worldwide, the mastery of Spanish helps open the door to several career opportunities. The Spanish program at DePaul University offers courses in language, literature, culture, linguistics, cinema, commercial Spanish and translation/interpretation.
Why study Spanish at DePaul?
Recent DePaul graduates who majored in Spanish are now working in a
variety of careers. Many are involved in public service, working in government or teaching Spanish at
the primary and secondary levels.
Several have pursued graduate study, both in Spanish and in other
fields. Others work in business, law, and medicine. Beyond
providing students with practical communication skills, a major in
Spanish emphasizes critical thinking, textual analysis, attention to
detail and the in-depth study of other cultures.
Who are our Spanish major/minor students?
Students who are interested in pursuing a Spanish major/minor are often those who love the Spanish language and culture, and who wish to be able to work with the Latino community, are in interested in furthering their career opportunities by opening themselves up to the expansive Spanish-speaking market, and/or are students interested in learning more about their heritage.
Students who choose to double major in Spanish will often pursue majors in International Studies
, Political Science
, Public Relations & Advertising
, Latin America & Latino Studies
, or Psychology
, to name a few. Students who place into advanced Spanish can also more easily double major in business majors such as Finance
, or Hospitality Leadership
when coupled with a study abroad exchange program where they are able to complete business core and learning domain classes in Spanish, which can then also double count toward the Spanish double major requirements.
A number of students are also very interested in the study of other languages, and choose to pursue the Spanish linguistics minor
or study additional languages.
What can I do with a Spanish major?
Practically anything! One of the many benefits of a language major is the
flexibility afforded to you. You can work in whatever areas you've gained experiences in while in
college through part-time jobs, internships, and student organizations.
If you are interested in working in health services, for example, you can major in Spanish and complete Health Sciences
, Public Policy
, and Relational Communication
classes for your open
electives while also working a part-time job in the industry
If you are interested in working for the government, you can begin as a volunteer in a government office, apply for City of Chicago internships
, and work part-time as an office assistant or desk receptionist for an alderman's office. Working on campus
in an administrative capacity can also provide you with excellent experiences in an office setting.For more information and ideas on what you can do with a language major, please review the employment opportunities listed on this webpage, in addition to the department's homepage and its advising FAQs.
Language Proficiency Development
- Read the news in Spanish from online resources such as:
- Correspond with Spanish-speaking penpals in other countries
- Read magazines in Spanish from online resources such as:
- Read online blogs in Spanish
- Online Spanish stories page
- Online Short Spanish stories page
- Te Cuento page
- News from Argentina, Ambito
- Participate in Spanish meet-up groups
- Volunteer in Spanish-speaking volunteer opportunities through UMIN
- Apply to join the service immersion trips to Ecuador and Columbia
- Speak in Spanish whenever you go to a Spanish-speaking business (e.g., restaurant, grocery store, retailer)
- Spanish Broadcasting System ~ Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) offers a
dynamic work environment and competitive benefits package which
includes, medical, dental coverage through a National Healthcare
provider, vision care plan, life insurance and short term disability,
401(k) plan, Health Care Spending account and Credit Union membership.
Paid vacation and holidays.
- Univision ~ WGBO Univision internship program offers training for students that are interested in a Broadcasting Career. We work with colleges and universities to provide students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom. The students will be given the opportunity
to work with photographers, editors and our production crew.
How to use this list
The posting of an internship or job does not mean that DePaul
University is making any recommendation regarding the internship or
job. Students should understand that DePaul University does not make
any representations or guarantees about the accuracy of information
regarding internships and jobs included here. Students are responsible
for requesting additional information from a potential internship site
or employer as necessary to make internship or employment decisions.
- Consider this to be a list of possibilities ~ Bi/multilingual
students have the opportunity to work in a variety of
settings. The key is to gain experiences relevant to your future career
so that employers don't have to spend more time and money to train
- Find additional internship/job options through DePaul Experience. Once you log in, click on jobs/internships and
review the jobs/internships that have been posted.
- Gather additional information about the types
of internships that are available with the companies you're interested in, research intern applicant requirements, and
gain perspective on what employers are looking for in job applicants so that you may work to gain those skills.
- Teach for All ~ To expand educational opportunity around the world by increasing and accelerating the impact of social enterprises that are cultivating the leadership necessary for change.
- Ayusa ~ Ayusa is a premier high school cultural exchange program with over 30
years experience providing life-changing cultural exchange experiences
to students on both inbound and outbound exchange programs.
- City of Chicago ~ In
addition to individual internship opportunities, DHR has developed a
new and innovative Student Intern Pool. This new process allows
students interested in gaining valuable municipal government experience
to submit their profile which is kept in a pool of pre-qualified
candidates for consideration for available positions.
- Chicago Council on Global Affairs ~ The Chicago Council on Global Affairs offers undergraduate juniors
and seniors as well as graduate students the chance to learn about our
organization and participate in a variety of duties associated with
ongoing projects through internships. While intern responsibilities
vary by department, tasks may include researching prospective speakers,
donors, studies, and corporate members, writing communications,
assisting in the development of marketing/program materials, audience
and outreach development, administrative duties (filing, faxing, data
entry, preparing mailings, assembling program/meeting materials),
assisting at Council events, and other projects as assigned.
- Embassy of Peru
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ~ The Student Volunteer Employment Program hires students to work
at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as volunteers (in an
unpaid capacity) for valuable work experience directly related to their
academic field of study. Students may receive educational credit for
- Federal Government ~ Under President Obama’s leadership, the Federal Government has taken
steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal service.
New opportunities will appear on USAJOBS as agencies post them.
- Ilinois Governor ~ The Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs Internship and
Fellowship programs offer students and recent college graduates the
opportunity to explore their own unique interests within state
government. Program participants will connect constituents to crucial
state services and promote civic engagement across Illinois while
developing an expertise of state government programs and functions.
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement ~ The Internship Program targets students enrolled in a wide variety of
educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Benefits
include providing students with short or long-term internship
opportunities, which allow for the exploration of a Federal career while
being paid for the work performed. Within 120 days of successful
completion, some participants may be non-competitively converted to a
permanent position or a term position lasting one to four years.
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center College Intern Program
~ The FLETC College Intern Program provides a unique opportunity for
college students majoring in criminal justice, criminology, or a related
field of study from across the country, to participate in a federal law
enforcement training environment.
- Stanford University, “Volunteer and Internship Opportunities in Latin America” ~ Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies provides an extensive
list of organizations in Latin America seeking volunteers and interns.
- American Bar Association ~ The program is intended to facilitate the establishment of legal
internships for U.S. law students interested in the practice of
international law with overseas law firms.
- American Red Cross – Chicago ~ As reflected in the Red Cross mission, the Chicago Region seeks
to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural and
human-caused disasters through the immediate mobilization of people and
resources and the provision of community, workplace, and school-based
training. All internships are unpaid and require a 300 hour commitment.
Students that are not receiving academic credit are eligible for a $500
travel reimbursement upon completion of the 300 hour requirement. To be
considered for an internship you must complete an application on our
Volunteer Connection System.
- Casa de los Amigos ~ Casa de los Amigos is a Quaker-run organization that supports various
community services in Mexico City. Full-time volunteers receive free
room and board at the Casa de los Amigos residence, although their work
is unpaid. Full-time volunteers help run the Hospitality Program
(including the guest house, maintaining community spaces, and planning
and running events), work with one of the Peace Programs, participate in
Casa life, and share in the many other tasks and projects needed to
keep the house and community healthy, safe, and vibrant. Volunteers must
commit to 6 months to 1 year of service and must be fluent in Spanish.
- Global Brigades ~ Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global
health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global
Brigades has mobilized tens of thousands of university students and
professionals through skill-based programs that work in partnership with
community members to improve quality of life in under resourced regions
while respecting local culture. Global
Brigades provides professional opportunities both in-country (Ghana,
Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) and virtually from the United States,
Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Switzerland.
- Orphan Outreach ~
Orphan Outreach is a Christian organization
committed to ministering to children living in orphanages around the
- Habitat for Humanity ~ Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent
place to live. Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing
people together to build homes, communities and hope.
- World Chicago ~ WorldChicago
facilitates professional and personal interactions for international
leaders during official visits to Chicago through U.S. Department of
State sponsored exchange programs; enhances respect and communication
through international exchanges and alliances; and promotes the City of
Chicago and the State of Illinois as important centers of business and culture.
Job Search Sites
- LatPro ~ The LatPro service
enables employers and recruiters to efficiently find professional
candidates with language skills, international experience and/or
multicultural knowledge. With over 150,000 unique visitors to LatPro
every month and a resume database of 127,307 registered jobseekers,
LatPro provides access to the most in-depth pool of Hispanic
professionals available anywhere (view real-time candidate demographics).
- iHispano ~ Our mission is to provide the Latino community with a trusted
professional network, which pairs members with employers who are serious
about building a diverse workforce to meet the needs of an increasingly
diverse customer base. iHispano makes your job search as productive as
possible, because the employers who post on our site are specifically
seeking to hire aspiring Hispanic employees. Our matching technology
guarantees that members will secure the very best possible match for
their skills, experience and other priority criteria they have listed.
- Hispanic Jobs ~ Hispanic-Jobs.com
was founded by a Human Resources professional in 2004 and is the career
site for employers who want to reach bilingual/Spanish-speaking
professionals nationwide. Hispanic-Jobs.com provides you with one
central place to do all of your online recruiting to find
bilingual/Spanish-speaking individuals from all over the world.
Employers/Recruiters can post jobs and randomly become a featured
employer (no additional cost). Each job that is posted with us becomes a
featured job on the home page until the next job is posted. This gives
each company the maximum exposure to reach a large talent pool.
- Going Global ~
provides country-specific career and employment information. Search for
jobs and internships in more than 30 countries and over 50 USA
metropolitan areas. View country career guides, get news on H-1B Visa
employers and more. Campus Connection login and password required.
- Public Service Careers ~ PSC is your source for listings of professional jobs in the public sector, advice on public service careers, and information about pursuing a degree in public service.
- Fulbright, Boren, Marshall, Rhodes, Carnegie, Truman information for DePaul students can be found on the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences' Scholarship site.
- Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program through the Embassy of the United States: La Paz, Bolivia ~ The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of
non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the
United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential
for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the
public or the private sector.
- Ashoka Fellows ~ Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to
have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change
patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold
new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are
tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries
around the globe in every area of human need.
- Princeton in Latin America ~ Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) is a non-profit organization that
partners with non-profits throughout Latin America to match them with
young, public sector professionals seeking full-year fellowships in
development work. We are an independent 501(c)3 which is not funded by
Princeton University. PiLA placements offer important field experience
to recent college alumni who cannot otherwise find NGO work in Latin
America and who are eager to pursue careers in development work; no
other program like this exists. Therefore, PiLA provides crucial work
experience to aspiring public sector professionals.
- The Grantsmanship Center ~ List of several international funding opportunities. Our
job is to help private and public nonprofits make better communities.
And we do that by offering training and publications to help
organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant
proposals and create earned income opportunities. We succeed when you
succeed to help those you care about most.
- MacArthur Foundation ~ The
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people
and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant,
and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the
Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and
security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is
affecting children and society.
- The Rufford Foundation ~ The Rufford Foundation is a UK based charity. Our main remit is to
offer Rufford Small Grants for nature conservation projects in the
developing world. There are five stages of funding available.
To learn more about how to apply study abroad credit toward degree progress and the difference between study abroad advisors vs academic advisors, please visit our advising FAQs webpage
- Chile: Viña del Mar, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez ~ fall or academic year
- Chile: Santiago, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
(exchange program) ~ fall or academic year
- Mexico: Guadalajara and Mexico City: Panamerican University
(exchange program) ~ fall, winter-spring, academic year
- Mexico: Merida - Language, History, and Culture in the Yucatan ~ winter or winter/spring quarters
- winter quarter: earn 16 credits for 4 classes ~ two Spanish language courses appropriate to level of proficiency, CSS 201 (JYEL), and SPN 392 (SSMW). For students who have SPN 106 or higher proficiency, all 4 classes through this program may apply toward the SPN major or minor. Students should only complete one of the SPN 201-203/205-207 advanced grammar courses at DePaul, as the other advanced grammar courses will be completed through the Merida program. Students who complete all coursework for CSS 201 in Spanish may also count this class toward SPN major/minor electives if the lead faculty member of the study abroad program approves.
- spring quarter: earn 12 credits for 3 classes ~ two Spanish language courses appropriate to level of proficiency plus CSS 395. Students should consult with the Spanish faculty member leading the Merida program winter quarter to determine whether or not CSS 395 could be approved to count toward SPN major/minor elective requirements.
- Mexico: Mexico City, Iberoamericana (exchange program) ~ fall, winter/spring, academic year
- Mexico: Mexico City, Tec de Monterrey (exchange program) ~ fall or academic year
- Peru: Lima, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (exchange program) ~ fall or academic year
- Spain: Madrid ~ fall quarter
- earn 18 credits for 4 classes ~ 3 Spanish language courses appropriate to level of proficiency and one Spanish culture/history course for SSMW or Understanding the Past (changes every year). One of the SPN language courses should satisfy the JYEL requirement. Students should only complete one of the SPN 201-203/205-207 advanced
grammar courses at DePaul, as the other advanced grammar courses will be
completed through the Madrid program. Students should focus on completing SPN 220, 352 and SPN literature courses at DePaul in order to save all 4 of their Spanish major elective options for study abroad programs.
Students can go abroad by working directly with an institution in the target country, through another college/university study abroad office, or through study abroad companies. Opportunities abound! Here are a few examples for working with an institution abroad.