Internships & Opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts encourages undergraduate students to participate in internships in preparation for their future careers. Students can apply the core skills they learn in their degree programs⸺how to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively⸺in real-world professional settings. 

The college actively collaborates with Temple’s Career Center and employers across a range of fields and industries to help cultivate professional development opportunities for its students. Temple’s location in Philadelphia allows students to pursue internships across an array of organizations in the region.

Explore how an internship can help expand your opportunities after graduation

Careers

The skills gained from a liberal arts degree are highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving world. Apply the experience and knowledge acquired in the Africology and African American Studies Major program to your professional pursuits across many organizations and industries, including academics, cultural institutions, government agencies or the social sciences. The versatility of this program’s curriculum helps you graduate with valuable skill sets sought by many employers.

Graduates of the Africology and African American Studies Major program are prepared to continue their education at the master’s or doctoral level, or pursue careers in the following areas. 

  • Law enforcement
  • Local and national government
  • Museums and other cultural and artistic institutions
  • Primary and secondary education 
  • Research 
  • Social work and administration

Professional Development

The Office of Academic Advising and Professional Development within the College of Liberal Arts empowers students to present themselves successfully as candidates for an internship, employment and post-graduate education opportunities. 

Through counseling, seminars and workshops, the Professional Development office offers an array of services including

  • connecting students’ experience with potential employers;
  • drafting and editing résumés and cover letters;
  • practicing interview skills;
  • preparing for further education; and
  • strategizing on internships and job opportunities.

Learn more about professional development opportunities and services

Career Seminar

The College of Liberal Arts requires a one-credit seminar course that focuses on the flexibility of a liberal arts degree to prepare students for careers in corporate entities, education, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and more. Through this course, you’ll develop and refine your résumé, receive guidance on navigating professional networking opportunities and interviews, and be equipped to confidently market yourself to potential employers.  

Learn more about the career seminar in the College of Liberal Arts.

Outcomes

Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Africology and African American Studies Major may include the following examples.

Career

Median Salary*

Child, Family, & School Social Workers

$46,270.00

Counseling Psychologists

$76,990.00

Educational, Guidance, School, & Vocational Counselors

$56,310.00

Healthcare Social Workers

$56,200.00

Marriage & Family Therapists

$50,090.00

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers

$44,840.00

Psychiatric Technicians

$32,870.00

Social & Community Service Managers

$65,320.00

Social & Human Service Assistants

$33,750.00

Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors

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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).