Modern Languages and Literature Career Guide

Consider joining the Communication and the Arts Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Past Internship Sites:

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Roosevelt Park Ministries
  • FitKids360
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Affinity Mentoring
  • Catholic Charities of West Michigan
  • Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP)
  • Samaritas
  • Degage Ministries
  • Various Translating Opportunities (Health, Law, etc.)

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Medical Interpreter – Voices for Health
  • Behavior Therapist – A&C Behavioral Solutions
  • Project Coordinator – SalesPad
  • AmeriCorps ESL Instructor – Literacy Center of West Michigan
  • Intake Specialist/Plan B Coordinator – Health Net of West Michigan
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist –SpartanNash
  • Training Coordinator – Peterson Farms, Inc.
  • Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher – Teach for America
  • Account Manager – Olivier-VanDyk Insurance Agency
  • Sales Operations Specialist – FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Customer Care Executive –
  • Freelance Translator – Various Organizations
  • Buyer – Meijer
  • Product Brand Manager –Daymon Worldwide
  • Social Media Marketing Manager – Le Bon Macaron
  • Dispatcher and Communications Specialist – Grand Valley Police Department


Carissa Patrone Maikuri '12 & '18 Spotlight

Carissa Patrone Maikuri '12 & '18

Some of my favorite memories that I cherish were from discussions during my Spanish class with Zulema Moret focused on feminist voices from Latin America.

Austin Langlois '13 Spotlight

Austin Langlois '13

A huge part of my experience at GVSU was working as a tour guide in Admissions. I started as a Freshman and ended up giving tours until I graduated.

Ellyanne Rosenthal '11 Spotlight

Ellyanne Rosenthal '11

I have quite a few good memories at Grand Valley. My absolute favorite memory was studying abroad in Schwäbisch Gmünd in 2009 and 2010. I also loved being a Resident Assistant allowing me to meet lots of wonderful and interesting people.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • GVSU Chinese Club
  • GVSU Spanish Club
  • GVSU Japanese Club
  • Arab Culture Club
  • GVSU Russian Club
  • GVSU Italian Club
  • GVSU French Club
  • GVSU German Club

Study Abroad Programs

The Padnos International Center and various academic departments have created Major/Minor Advising Sheets to help direct students to study abroad programs that are compatible with a particular major, minor, or degree program.

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Communication (oral and written)
  • Creative thinking
  • Intercultural awareness/competence
  • Interpersonal awareness
  • Reading comprehension
  • Problem-solving
  • Adaptability
  • Critical thinking

Graduate & Professional Programs

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Page last modified December 12, 2022