American Studies

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American Studies can prepare you for many different careers such as journalism, publishing, arts management, law, social work, government, intelligence, business, and various corporate positions. The key here is its emphasis in thinking what many employers are looking for: drawing connections between ideas, learning how to connect one discipline to another thematically, and taking the initiative to put together an interdisciplinary major are all signs of a creative and innovative thinker. It's also excellent preparation for post- graduate study. The New York metropolitan area is a great region for American Studies majors as many non-profits and cultural institutions value the degree. Career Services and the American Studies faculty developed this resource of internships and jobs. Below are links to sections of our website with resources for a variety of careers that may be of relevance to American Studies majors.
Government Service
Political Activism


Museums and Libraries

Career/Job Search Resources

American Library Association Job List:

The American Library Association Job List is the #1 source for jobs in library and library technology.

Global Museum –A regularly updated compilation of museum, art gallery and nonprofit vacancies, which also has many other resources for professionals in the field

Museum Employment Resource Center -

This website lists jobs and other information related to the museum, heritage management, and cultural resource communities.

Museums Throughout the Tri-State Area (A PDF Document)
This PDF file contains a list of museums in the tri-state area as well as links to each museum’s website.

Professional Organizations

American Allicance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums is an organization that supports all type of museums. The website has many great resources, including a Careers and Jobs section

American Library Association: This professional organization is the oldest and largest association for library professionals in the world with a website that has numerous resources for library professionals.


Regional Museums and Libraries

American Textile History Museum
Boston Athenaeum
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
National Archives and Records Administration
New York Public Library
Mystic Seaport
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Presidential Libraries
Smithsonian Museums and Research Centers
Tenement Museum

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Political Activism

Career/Job Search Resources The Activist Job Board is a great source of information for nonprofit jobs and jobs for activists.  
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:This organization works to bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide. Visit the website to learn more about our Organizing & Training and Movement Building efforts.
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU):This is the website for one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights.

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