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Careers for AIS Majors & Minors

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Alumni Profiles

AIS graduates pursue careers in public affairs, education, law, filmmaking, the sciences, and more. Many of our Indigenous alumnae are presently leaders in Native communities.

  • Alumni News — Read the latest news from our AIS alumni.
  • There's a Job for That! - Take a quick quiz (only three questions!) to learn what College of Arts & Sciences alumni with similar interests have done since graduating.
  • UW LinkedIn — See career trajectories of UW graduates who studied American Indian Studies as well as other fields.


An internship can provide an educational experience in a professional setting to complement a student’s university coursework. Internships vary based on setting, scope of work, compensation, and other factors. These opportunities augment the classroom experience by giving students opportunities to apply knowledge in professional environments and community settings, and they allow students to cultivate relationships with knowledgeable professionals. Learn more about AIS internships

Graduate Study

Recent students of the American Indian Studies Department have gone onto graduate studies in such fields as law, linguistics, literature, and documentary filmmaking. Learn more about pursuing a graduate degree

Career & Job Resources

University of Washington offers diverse resources to help students build the skills to launch their careers:

  • C21: Center for 21st Century Liberal Learning — Offers immersive learning experiences, partnerships both on campus and in the community, and a network of mentors to help guide students in the College of Arts & Sciences on the pathway toward selecting a major and preparing for a career after college.
  • Career & Internship Center — Educates and supports students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, and develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success.
  • Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center — Coordinates and connects students to community-based experiences in and around Seattle.