Career Opportunities

Exciting career opportunities are available to students of Portuguese in:

  • Education;
  • Social Services;
  • Translation;
  • Business;
  • Print and Visual Media;
  • Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOS);
  • and Politics, among other fields.

Other career options include:

  • The World Bank;
  • The International Monetary Fund;
  • The European Union Delegation to the United States of America in Washington, DC;
  • The European Union: Portuguese is one of the official languages of the European Union.  Knowledge of Portuguese, together with English and French, will make you highly marketable in any of the European Union offices throughout Europe;
  • The Embassies and/or Consulates of the eight Lusophone countries here in the United States;
  • Working with the United Nations in New York City;
  • Joining the United States Government as trained language speakers to work in the United States and/or abroad, in any of the Lusophone countries or areas of the world;
  • Working for United States Government enterprises in Lusophone countries or areas of the world, particularly Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Brazil, and Macau;
  • Because very few Americans speak, read, and write Portuguese well, proficiency in this language and in the Lusophone cultures, particularly Portugal and Lusophone Africa, is a highly marketable business skill;
  • Students with a solid knowledge of and training in Portuguese and the Lusophone world can also choose to work in:
    • The legal profession;
    • International banking;
    • The United States Government;
    • The United Nations;
    • The European Union;
    • Marketing;
    • Translation;
    • Interpreting;
    • Trade;
    • Television;
    • Advertising;
    • International journalism; public relations.

Portuguese Language and the Lusophone World

This fall, GW entered into partnership with the Regional Government of the Azores. GW held an MOU event/celebration of the Portuguese Language and the Lusophone World. Over 50 people attended the event, including the cultural attachés from Angola, Cape Verde, East Timor, and Mozambique.