Spanish Careers & Internships

A Spanish major provides you with a global perspective and prepares you for careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Educational administration
  • Government service
  • Immigration services
  • International education
  • Spanish education or English as a Second Language Education
  • Translation/interpretation services
  • Travel industry

Salaries vary greatly, depending on the industry you’re employed in and experience. Translators and interpreters earn a median annual salary of $43,300, while postsecondary Spanish teachers earn a median annual salary of about $66,730, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Work Abroad During College

You can earn college credit (and sometimes pay) for completing an internship using your Spanish-language skills. Mount Mary students have completed internships abroad in Peru and Spain. For example, students double majoring in Spanish and fashion design have interned in the alpaca textile industry in Peru and students double majoring in Spanish and graphic design have interned at the Flamenco Museum in Seville, Spain.

If you’re interested in interning abroad, talk with your professors to learn how you can create the internship experience you desire.

You also can participate in an Spanish-related internship in the Milwaukee area. Mount Mary students have interned at schools as translators/interpreters for Spanish-speaking parents. Students who have double majors in pre-nursing, dietetics or occupational therapy and international studies have interned at hospital and clinics and students with double majors in social work or art therapy and international studies have worked at social services agencies.