Modern Languages and Literatures - From Classroom to Career Sophomore Year
Use your faculty advisor and peer advising to choose the best courses, given your interest. Be prepared for your annual meetings.
What happens after Fairfield? What would be your "dream job" - and how do you get there? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors: How can you use your remaining time at Fairfield to prepare for it? There are many options. With the broad liberal education that all Fairfield students acquire, plus command of a foreign language, modern language majors have launched their careers in a wide range of organizations and enterprises.
International corporations headquartered in New York City and Fairfield County have sought out recent graduates who are familiar with a European or Asian language and culture. Banks, airlines, investment companies, and travel agencies are among the employers of recent graduates
Some alumni have gone into secondary teaching or have opted for work with social service agencies. Others have gone on to graduate or professional study, such as business and law schools, and various Ph.D. programs. A number of language majors have received Fulbright grants to teach or conduct research overseas. Talk to your academic advisor or department chair.
MLL Honor Society
Fairfield University hosts a chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Foreign Language Honorary Society. Student members have attended conventions and given presentations at other universities. Since 2008 several Fairfield University AMG members have been among the recipients of the three major national scholarships that Alpha Mu Gamma awards annually. Talk to the department chair for details.
Talk to your faculty advisor and start planning now for potential internships. Think about "trying out" a career, gaining work experience, marketable skills, potential mentors and a competitive edge. Look for potential matches between an internship with your career.
Qualified MLL students participate in the Honors Program at Fairfield University and, for students with an exceptional academic record of achievement, the opportunity to be elected to the country's premier honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.
Line Up References
Start to look for 3+ professors in MLL and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance. Stay in touch with them so they can speaker about your successes in an informed way.
Start thinking now about how you can "try on" two careers - and get credit for it. Internships in Modern Languages are both in the U.S. (Fairfield and New York areas) and abroad. They are designed to provide students with professional development opportunities within the public, private and non-profit sectors. All organizations include various international dimensions. As a major in modern languages and literatures, you'll utilize your learned foreign language in meaningful work such as research, teaching, translating, assisting non-English speakers, and more. Several of our internships support community projects related to social justice initiatives. You may propose an internship that fits your needs and interest.
Lots of options for MLL majors. Talk to your faculty advisor early in the process, well before you depart junior year.
If I could make one suggestion to not just a language student, but to any college student, it would be to study abroad.My study abroad experience in Florence during the Fall 2010 semester is invaluable to not only my current job, but also to my life.Studying abroad enriches one's life and awareness of the world. The experiences one has in other countries can never be matched with anything else. Living in Italy and being fully immersed in the society taught me about the Italian language, culture, and people. I will never forget this experience and all that I have learned as a result.
Furthermore, if you are a language major, I would recommend taking a course at a native university. For example, I took one of my Italian courses at the Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, in which I was the only American student in a class of Italian students. This experience challenged me and further broadened my knowledge of the life of an Italian student. I learned the transportation system of Florence as I had to take two buses to class each day. I would also recommend an internship abroad if one is available. I interned at the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, in which I met amazing people and learned about the Italian work life. Both of these experiences further enriched my study abroad experience. - Lauren DiBartolomeo; Italian; now with Italian design company, Diesel, in New York City
Students with related language and cultural interests meet through these clubs. See the department chair for details.
- Italian Club: The Italian Club celebrates the riches of Italian culture including its language, art, food, theater and music. Members meet on campus for events as well as travel to New York to attend performances, tour Little Italy, and visit museums.
- French Club: Students in the French Club participate in a variety of activities focused on the language and culture of France and Francophone countries. The club sponsors events both on campus and in the surrounding community.
- Asian Student Association (ASA) - ASA seeks to spread the awareness of Asian culture on campus. Through various cultural activities and events, such as a Japanese Fall Festival and Chinese New Year, the club hopes to broaden the diversity of the University. Members of ASA participate in activities such as organizing and setting up for these events, visiting Chinatown in New York City, watching Asian films, and cooking traditional food, among other things. Members discuss issues of young Asian and Asian Americans who seek to better understand their cultural identities.
- German Club - The German Club's goal is to speak German and learn and experience German, Swiss, and Austrian culture on and off campus.
- Spanish American Latino Student Association (SALSA) - The purpose of SALSA is to unite Latinos of all backgrounds, but at the same time infusing Spanish heritage into the Fairfield community.
- Umoja (African American and Caribbean Student Association) - Umoja's purpose is to create, stimulate, and maintain cultural activities on campus, focusing on the African American and Caribbean cultures. Umoja also maintains a commitment to the political and social welfare of its members.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Modern Languages and Literatures majors.