Careers and Internships

Individuals with African American studies degrees have become Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity professionals, community organizers, governmental employees, librarians, public policy professionals, teachers, and researchers.  The careers page contains links that describe several programs designed to prepare undergraduate students for a variety of careers and for a graduate/professional school education.

In addition, several internship programs are listed that will prepare our students for graduate and law school as well as for the work force.  Many of these programs are paid internships that can count for the AFA 4940 African American Studies Internship (worth three credits).  The jobs page provides links to websites that students with interests in African American Studies have used when applying for part-time and full-time work.

On the notable alumni page, a summary is provided of the types of careers our students have pursued after receiving their bachelor’s degrees.  Descriptions are given of the career choices of some UF alumni who either declared a minor in African American Studies or took African American Studies courses.

Finally, information is provided about study abroad programs our students may be interested in.

To arrange an internship or for assistance with finding one, contact Dr. Austin at polssdw@ufl.edu.  Students are also encouraged to look at the internships links of our website and to contact an advisor in the UF Career Resource Center.

Guidelines for Internships

  • Students must register for AFA 4940 to receive three hours of credits for internships.  Please contact the staff assistant at the beginning of the semester and request inclusion in the internship course.
  • Please, obtain a letter from the supervisor of your internship and submit it to Dr. Austin.  This letter should explain the internship duties and requirements.
  • At the end of the semester, complete a five to seven page typed, double-spaced paper to Dr. Austin that explains the duties completed, the benefits received, and the  contribution the internship duties make to the African American experience.