Careers & Internships

Linguistics Career Resources

Using your undergraduate linguistics degree to find the right career

General tips for undergraduates to find a career

UW has a number of resources set up to help undergraduates find careers, so you should start at the following places:

Linguistics Internship Resources

The Importance of Internships

Internships can help you:

  • Explore career interests, occupations, and work environments
  • Apply classroom knowledge and theory
  • Learn new skills and refine the skills that you already have
  • Expand your experience and enhance your resume
  • Make contacts (coworkers, supervisors, mentors)
  • Increase your chances of receiving job offers sooner rather than later

Ideas for Linguistics Internships

Don’t be discouraged by the fact that there are relatively few internships/jobs that specifically mention ‘linguistics.’ Linguistics is a broad field covering a wide range of possibilities; many employers are looking for people with exactly the type of practical skills that you learn as a linguist.

Try searching for smaller ‘subfields’:

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Translation/Language Specialists
  • Language Teaching
  • Language Policy
  • Language Documentation or Revitalization
  • Language Assessment
  • Publishing/Writing/Editing
  • Government
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Finding an Internship

General Tips

UW has a number of resources set up to help you find internships, so you should start at the following places:

You should also begin networking!

Linguistics Internships – Some Sample Links

The following is a non-exhaustive list of links to organizations that offer linguistics internships or other similar opportunities. While the department cannot vouch for these individual positions, these are a great way to get started in your search.

Career and Internship Fairs

The Career Center offers a wide variety of workshops to help you succeed at Career Fairs and in other steps of the application process. Visit the their overview of online and in-person workshops.

Tips for Career Fairs

  • Come prepared – look at companies ahead of time and familiarize yourself with the ones that interest you
  • Have an ‘elevator speech’ prepared; there are many resources online with suggestions for preparing one
  • Dress for what you want to do; business casual is a good default
  • Bring resumes; consider attending a resume workshop
  • Visit the UW Career Center for upcoming Career Fairs and Events