Majoring or minoring in German or Slavic makes…
…good professional sense. Just ask GSLL alum…
Melissa Hannaman, Class of ’14.
With my German minor, I applied for the AmCham Internship Program in Germany and was quickly offered multiple positions across the financial services industry. I was offered internships in three different companies: an international consumer bank, a media group, and an investment banking services boutique specialized in merger and acquisition consulting. I accepted the last offer because it was in the investment banking industry and was a small, family-owned company that really made me feel valued.
At my internship, I was assigned all kinds of tasks from company valuations to strategic partner research. I was also translating legal documents from German to English and reviewing emails from partners that were written in English to important clientele. Not only did the company benefit from having a native English speaking intern, but I also greatly improved my German skills by using them every day in a professional and personal context.
After graduating in May 2014, I plan on going back to Germany to work in corporate finance or consulting. I strongly believe that the interviews that I have been offered have come as a result of my AmCham internship made possible thanks to my minor in GSLL. I realize that even in competitive hiring environments, my language skills allow me to fill a unique niche with German employers that would not have been possible in the US.
Kortney Wagner, Class of ’17.
Learn about the requirements for the six degree programs based in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures.