Current Graduate Students

A degree in French is useful for a variety of career opportunities such as:

  • Teaching
  • Translation / Interpretation
  • Editing / Proofreading
  • Travel, Tourism, Hospitality
  • Foreign Service
  • International Organizations
  • Other International Careers

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Careers with French

What can I do with a degree in Literature? Possible career paths include:

  • Careers in Media, Public Relations, Journalism & Broadcasting, News industries (print, online), Publishing/Editing/Copywriting, Advertising/Marketing, Design
  • Library and Information Sciences, Research, Records/Media Archivist, Curator, Project Management
  • Foreign Services/Foreign Affairs Specialist, Customs, International Development, Political Aid, International Cultural Organizations and NGOs, Mission work, Religious organizations, Foreign correspondent
  • Cultural and Creative Industries (Film, Script Writer/Screenwriter, Showrunner/Executive Producer, Performance arts and management, Museum work, Television, Radio, Media companies, Media content production, Book industry)

What can I do with a degree in Linguistics? Possible career paths include:

  • Careers in Health Professions such as Speech Pathology/Health, Speech Therapy, Audiology, Hearing Health
  • Teaching Language or Second language acquisition, Teacher Training, Educational Service and Administration (Student Affairs, International Student Services)
  • Careers in Media, Public Relations, Journalism, Publishing/Editing/Copywriting, Technical Writing
  • Language, Voice, Speech, Text Recognition, Synthesis Programming, Terminology, Language Assessment, Language Analysis, Language Training, Forensic Linguistics
  • Bilingual Customer Service Specialist, Language Localisation, Software/Games/Web site localization

What can I do with a degree in French as a Second language? Career paths include:

  • Bilingual Customer Services, Resort Management, Hospitality Industry, Travel Agent, Flight Attendant, Cruise lines
  • Federal and Provincial Government, Immigration Officer, Customs Officer, Law Enforcement, Chamber of Commerce, Convention Centres, Sports organizations and management

What can I do with a degree in French Language Learning? Career paths include:

  • Teaching; Translation; Public Relations Officer; Communication Specialist
  • Journalism; International development



  • Business/Customer Service Manager
  • Business/Management Trainee
  • Bilingual Technical Support Specialist
  • Human Resource Director/Specialist/Trainer
  • Insurance Consultant
  • Buying Trainee for major department store
  • Intern for major French bank
  • Executive/Administrative Assistant
  • Bilingual Call Center Representative
  • Financial/Research/Business Analyst
  • Insurance Associate/Consultant
  • Property Manager for large residential/commercial property management company
  • Analyst/Junior Associate for international financial services firm
  • Marketing/Sales Representative for international company



  • Assistant News Analyst
  • Technical Writer for computer company
  • Production Assistant for major TV network
  • Marketing Coordinator for local TV/radio corp.
  • News Anchor/Reporter
  • Film & Video/Book Editor
  • Freelance Translator
  • Editorial Assistant for independent book publisher



  • Early Childhood Family Educator
  • Middle/High School French Teacher
  • Community College/University Professor
  • Librarian
  • Research Assistant/Associate
  • College Admissions Officer/Counselor
  • University Grant Writer
  • ESL Teacher/Assistant abroad


Hospitality / Recreation

  • Tour Guide/Consultant
  • Sales Coordinator for international hotel company
  • Innkeeper
  • Guest Services Agent with a large hotel chain
  • Public Relations assistant for French restaurant
  • Marketing Assistant for national sports league
  • Major Gifts Assistant at city museum
  • Flight Attendant


Government / Law / Social Service

  • [Military] Intelligence Officer
  • Program Assistant for U.S. Supreme Court
  • Public Health Data Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Attorney/Legal Editor
  • International Trade Specialist (Dept of Agriculture)
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal (corporate, private practice, abroad)


Temporary / Time-Limited Opportunities (3 months-2 years)

  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorps
  • Rotary Scholarship
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Teach for America
  • Federal Government Internship programs


French Companies with a U.S. Presence

  • Accor (hotels)
  • Air France
  • Air Liquide
  • BNP Paribas (bank)
  • Certainteed
  • Crédit Agricole (bank)
  • Danone
  • L'Oréal
  • Michelin
  • Renault
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Sodexo
  • Thomson, Inc. (RCA, General Electric)
  • Vivendi

American Companies with a Presence in France

  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Caterpillar (Construction)
  • Cargill International
  • Citigroup
  • Covance (Biotech/Pharmaceutical)
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JP Morgan Chase


Websites of Major French Companies Where Internships May be Offered


Website to take a career test, explore sectors, your potential skills and occupations


Lists of jobs directly related to a French degree with links


Job websites

  • APEC – vacancies and job seeking advice in French for executives and young graduates.
  • Cadremploi – vacancies for executive posts and jobs with responsibility in French.
  • L'Etudiant – includes job vacancies and placements in French for students and young graduates as well as job hunting advice.
  • EURES – European Job Mobility Portal – includes job vacancies, living and working conditions and labour markets in France, as well as a CV-posting service for jobseekers.
  • Pôle Emploi (French national employment agency) – job vacancies and job seeking advice in French.
  • Xpat Jobs - global job site with vacancies in English.


Recruitment agencies

  • Recruitment agencies are listed in the Pages Jaunes (use the search term: cabinets de recrutement).
  • Reputable agencies should be members of Prism'emploi (professionnels du recrutement et de l'intérim). See their website for a list of members.



Regional papers may also carry vacancies. For details, see Guide Presse.

List of Employers who Posted Jobs in Handshake for World Languages and Literatures Majors

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested world languages and literatures majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for world languages and literatures majors. This list does not reflect current openings.


Careers Reported by World Languages and Literatures Majors (Recent Graduates) on College/University Surveys

This is a list of jobs world languages and literatures majors reported having at (or shortly after) graduation. This list was built from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising and Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for further exploration.

  • Administrative Assistant for a language translation company
  • Analyst for an investment banking firm
  • Assistant Director of Marketing for a hotel company
  • Assistant Language Teacher for JET Programme
  • Assistant Manager for a real estate investment company
  • Assistant Teacher for the French Ministry of Education
  • Bilingual Counselor for a county social services agency
  • Bilingual Executive Assistant for an electrical equipment manufacturer
  • Conference Planning Manager for a resort
  • Coordinator for International Relations for the JET Programme
  • Director of a youth center
  • ESL Instructor and a for-profit school
  • Expediter for an executive management and consulting firm
  • Export Assistant for a breakfast cereal manufacturer
  • Financial Analyst for an investment bank
  • Foreign Service Officer for US Department of State
  • GED Instructor for a social services agency
  • Human Resources Specialist for a commercial real estate firm
  • Intelligence Officer for US military
  • International Trade Analyst for a federal government agency
  • Junior Research Executive for a pharmaceutical market research firm
  • Language Analyst for the National Security Agency
  • Lead Counselor for a social services agency
  • Management Development Program Trainee for a maintenance materials supplier
  • Management Trainee for a healthcare communications company
  • Merchandise Manager for jeweler
  • Parent Liaison at a public high school
  • Patient Care Coordinator for a large multi-specialty group medical practice
  • Photographer for a university
  • Program Assistant for an educational foundation
  • Registered Representative for a financial services firm
  • Research Assistant for a manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic tests
  • Research Assistant for a market research firm
  • Sales Representative for a pharmaceutical company
  • Special Agent for US Secret Service
  • Teacher for Teach for America
  • Technical Assistant for a humanitarian aid organization
  • Technical Writer for a technology company
  • Technology Specialist for a law firm
  • Tour Consultant for an educational travel company
  • Transfer Pricing Associate for a public accounting firm
  • Translator for an automotive engineering firm
  • Volunteer for the Peace Corps


Additional Ideas

Listed below are links to governmental and nonprofit organization home pages where some of the jobs may prefer/require proficiency or fluency in a world language.



International Career Development Program Websites


Director of Graduate Studies

Prof. Dalila Ayoun 
582 Modern Languages