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African and African Diaspora Studies

ADST offers a broad course of interdisciplinary study relating to Africans, people of African descent, and the context of the African Diaspora. Drawing on diverse methodologies and disciplinary formations, ADST teaches students to think analytically and critically about global Black experiences across space and time. ADST also trains students to make intellectual connections among global, national, and local contexts. Building on the university's strengths in the social sciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities, ADST provides an intellectual center for teaching, research, and public service that prepares students to function effectively in a multicultural society and diverse international environments.

Students graduating with a degree in ADST are amply prepared with the cultural resources and tools needed to pursue most professional careers. Recent graduates have enrolled in graduate school, launched for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, and conducted relief work in various African countries. Others have pursued professional careers in medicine, social work, and law.

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Career Areas

Nonprofit:  Administration, Program Management, Policy Analysis, Research, Advocacy, Cultural Resources, Grants Administration, Development

Business:  Administration/Management, Advertising, Human Resources, Public Relations, Sales/Marketing, Writing/Editing, Banking, Broadcast Journalism

Education: Teaching, Research, Administration

Government: Administration, Research, Museum Conservation, Policy Analysis, Urban Planning, Legislative Compliance Review, Cultural Resource Management, Program Management

Museum and Archives Management, Curatorship, Conservation, Research, Education, Development, Preservation

 

 

Employers

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Employment Strategies
  • Gaining relevant work experience through internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions is critical.
  • To maximize your employability, develop practical skills such as computer expertise, written and verbal communication, project management, etc.
  • ADST majors are encouraged to study less commonly taught languages such as Yoruba, Kiswahili, Arabic, and Haitian Creole.
  • Consider pursuing a study abroad opportunity in Africa and its Diaspora.
  • Join student and cultural organizations that support your education and career goals.
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Career Education

Two courses are available to assist Tulane students through all phases of their college-to-career experience:

1. College Majors and Career Choice focuses on career development and the decision-making process along with exploration of academic majors and careers. Although all students are eligible to enroll, this course is designed for students in their first and second years who are in the process of exploring and defining academic and career goals. In this course, students will:

  • Explore personal interests, values, skills and abilities
  • Examine methods of researching information on careers
  • Advance toward career-related decisions by participating in a variety of in-class and individual activities
  • Develop an academic and career plan with specific action steps to achieve both short- and long-term goals

2. Job and Internship Search targets students who are actively seeking (or soon will be seeking) internship and job opportunities. In this course, students will:

  • Examine methods of researching internship and career opportunities and employers
  • Develop and improve self-marketing documents (resume, cover letter, thank you letter)
  • Create a professional online social networking presence
  • Understand what skills and qualities employers seek in candidates
  • Apply techniques and strategies to succeed in interviews
  • Prepare for a successful college-to-career transition
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Start Your Job or Internship Search

Whether you are searching for an internship or your first job, it is a time consuming process that can be both complicated and a little discouraging at times. But once you commit to starting your search, Tulane can help. The success of your career search is directly proportional to the learning, effort and strategy that you put into it.  Remember to stay positive and to stay focused during your search! The most effective job searches start at least two semesters before you graduate and internship searches should start as soon as your freshman year. 

1. DEFINE YOUR STORY

Start your job/internship search with YOU!  You need to understand your strengths and develop materials (resume, cover letter and email, LinkedIn profile and elevator speech) to market your abilities to employers.  

  • Make a list of your interests, strengths and skills.  If you need help, take the StrengthsFinder assessment.
  • Take the Do What You Are personality inventory to get more ideas about careers for you.
  • Make a list of your academic, volunteer, leadership, internships and work experience to build a resume.  View resume examples or use the free Resume Builder available to Tulane students.
  • Develop a cover letter and email cover letter and build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Write a brief statement explaining why you are an excellent worker.  Develop your own "elevator speech."

2. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET

3. GATHER YOUR TOOLS

4. IMPLEMENT YOUR PLAN

  • Make specific searches for work online using job search engines.
  • Upload your resume with job search engines online and with Handshake.
  • Attend career fairs.
  • Use your friends, their parents, friends of your parents or network of contacts to search for employment by sharing with them what position you are looking for.  Do not depend on job/internship search engines alone!
  • Look for Tulane alumni connections on LinkedIn.
  • Conduct informational interviews with friends of your family and others.  Request informational interviews by email.
  • Follow up on every job or networking connection you find as soon as possible.
  • Organize your job search using CareerShift.

5. GO THE EXTRA MILE

 

 

Tulane on LinkedIn

LinkedIn membership can be an excellent networking tool and resource for your career.  Join LinkedIn and network with 40,000+ Tulane alumni through various alumni, industry and regional groups. Begin your LinkedIn experience at the Tulane University LinkedIn Page.  From there, you can explore groups and connections based on your career interests.  Membership is free.

 

 

African and African Diaspora Studies Internships:

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