Asian Studies


Asian Studies at Northeastern is an interdepartmental program that focuses on the histories, cultures, and politics of the most dynamic nation-states in East and South Asia, while also exploring their transnational interactions and their global diasporas, especially to the United States. In so doing, it encourages students to look carefully and critically at the complex ways that people in Asian countries have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world in both the past and the present.  Many fields of employment, including politics and diplomacy, international business, engineering, journalism, service industries, and the arts seek out candidates who possess a strong knowledge of Asia, due to economic growth in many Asian countries.

Department Website

Department of Asian Studies

Job Titles

Academic Advisor* Expatriation Advisor Management Consultant
Admissions Counselor Foreign Consular Service Officer* Museum Curator*
Advocate Foreign Language Intelligence Analyst Paralegal
Affirmative Action Officer Foreign Service Officer* Policy Analyst*
Business and Development Manager Fundraiser Professor*
Civil Rights Analyst* Grant Writer Public Affairs Manager
Community Outreach Coordinator Grassroots Organizer Real Estate Agent*
Customs Officer Guidance Counselor* Recruiter
Diplomat* Human Resources Administrator Research Assistant
Diversity Coordinator Importer/Exporter Study Abroad Advisor*
Editorial Assistant Interpreter Teacher*
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Lawyer* Tour and Travel Manager
Event Planner Legislator*

Positions that may require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).
Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including Co-op and internships.


Advertising/PR Firms Mental Health Organizations
Advocacy Groups Museums
Arts Organizations Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Colleges and Universities Public and Private Schools
Expatriation Services Companies Publishing Companies
Financial Services Organizations Real Estate Agencies
Grassroots Organizations Refugee/Immigration  Services Organizations
Hospitals Research Organizations
Human Services Agencies Travel Agencies
Law Firms Government Agencies, including:
Lobbying Groups State Department, International Trade Administration, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Labor,  Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, IRS, FBI, CIA


These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities in the field.

  • Research Intern
  • Public Policy Intern
  • Legislative Intern
  • Development Intern

To search for internship opportunities, log in to HuskyCareerLink, Career Services’ online job and internship database for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.


For more information, please visit the department’s website.
Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.


The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.

Career & Job Websites

 Campus Organizations & Activities

*For additional student organizations click here.
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Professional Associations

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.

Social Media

Sample Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within the field: