Knowledge of a world language also helps journalists better understand the culture of the country from which they are reporting. Listed below are the primary areas in arts and media studies where language skills may be required: 


For a career in advertising where you can use your world languages, consult the Fisher College of Business’ marketing and economics course, along with their standard business track, and continue to study your world languages at the advanced level, taking advantage of any business-related language course that may be available. 

Here is one example of a career in advertising with international interests: 

Bilingual Spanish Advertising Account Manager 

Rewarding position as an Account Manager for a successful Spanish Advertising firm. Looking for a candidate who is motivated, team player and possesses a strong sense of urgency in supporting this aggressive yet progressive department. This dynamic company offers excellent compensation and benefits, growth opportunity and bonuses. Successful candidates will apply strong organizational skills, proficient with all Microsoft Office programs and able to work independently in supporting this team. Excellent presentation and communication are a MUST, as well as a few years of experience. Hiring immediately. 

Job Experience: 
Filing, Data Entry, General Office, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Customer Service, MS Word, Windows, Windows 95/98, MS Excel, Filing, Data Entry, General Office, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Customer Service, MS Word, Windows, Windows 95/98, MS Excel. 


To pursue a career in an entertainment area where you can use your language skills, you might consider The Department of Theater or (International) Film Studies as possible paths. You should also continue your advanced language studies. Below is just one example of an exciting position in the entertainment industry for a Mandarin Chinese language translator: 

Worldwide Special Attractions, Ltd. (WSA) is an international theatrical and attractions production company with offices in the United States and Shanghai. We specialize in the presentation of Chinese performing arts and special event projects. With a 20+ year history of presenting the Incredible! Acrobats of China in North America (including engagements on Broadway, and numerous countries around the world) and over a decade of experience in presenting international stage talent in Asia, WSA is the most prominent organization in the unique field of cultural arts and exhibition presentation between the US and China.

This job opportunity is for qualified Chinese <--> English translators interested in working in a very exciting, high-energy, and unique project environment in ... We are looking for a bi-lingual translator between Chinese Mandarin and English speakers. The translator person will interface between the WSA American project manager and the Chinese artisans. This person must be bi-lingual and familiar with the language of the daily living needs, such as grocery shopping, medical emergencies, and management of residential conditions of Chinese mainland workers from the PRC temporarily residing in America. In some respects the job involves issues that would be likely be handled by a local tour guide for a foreign group of Chinese executives visiting America. 

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To pursue a career in Journalism where you can use your language skills you should consult an advisor at the OSU School of Communication and continue your advanced language studies. 

Here is one example of a career in journalism where language skills are a must:

Senior Journalist for global chemical news and information service
ICIC, a global leader in supplying information to the international petrochemical markets, is looking for a Senior Editor for its expanding ... bureau. The successful candidate will be an experienced journalist who can demonstrate an ability to gather market intelligence from sources throughout the Americas and use it to produce both real-time news for a global service, and to produce best-in-class market reports. 

Previous experience in or knowledge of petrochemical or energy markets would be a plus, but is not essential. The successful applicant will be an articulate and numerate journalist with an analytical mind, and be a dynamic and outgoing individual with excellent inter-personal skills that will translate into productive relationships with sources and colleagues. Strong writing and interviewing skills will be accompanied by fluency in English. Other language skills - especially Spanish or Portuguese - would be an asset. A college degree, including demonstrated academic achievement through an excellent GPA score, will help demonstrate the ability to master new concepts quickly. Candidates will also be tested on news writing and market reporting skills.

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Journalism Fellowships

  • The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program
    A two-month (August-September) working fellowship for young German and American print and broadcast journalists. Ten participants from each country work at counterpart news organizations. Travel expenses and a stipend are provided. Funded by private-sector grants. Applicants should be working journalists in any news media with demonstrated journalistic talent and an interest in U.S.-European affairs.
     More information for U.S Journalists Application Deadline: March 1
  • The Knight International Press Fellowships
    Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this program annually awards approximately 22 American journalists and news executives with fellowships to spend from two to nine months abroad in a variety of teaching, training, consulting and assistance roles, usually working in conjunction with overseas media centers. The program pays expenses and provides a stipend. Contact the Center by fax or mail for detailed application and program guidelines. Launched in late 1993. Applications are competitive and are reviewed on a rotating basis throughout the year. 
    More information Application Deadline: February 15 and August 15
  • The McGee Journalism Fellowships in Southern Africa
    Each year, a journalist from the United States will be posted to one or more countries in southern Africa as a McGee Fellow. For three to four months, the journalist will share his or her expertise with colleagues in the region--consulting in newsrooms, leading workshops or teaching at a university. The fellowship was set up in 2001 by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) with a grant from the McGee Foundation, established by John F. and Ruth B. McGee and their family. 
    More information Application Deadline: April 15
  • World Affairs Journalism Fellowships
    News of local interest is not limited to events in your own backyard, and that enterprising reporters and editors can find creative ways to link events abroad to issues of importance to the community. When a local-international connection is illustrated effectively, the definition of a "community" issue suddenly expands to include the larger region ... other countries ... and the world as a whole. That is the goal of this program. The fellowships are aimed at news managers, editors, commentary writers and other gatekeepers of news--basically those who decide which stories appear in the paper--from U.S. community-based dailies. Ten to 12 experienced media professionals will be selected to travel overseas for one to three weeks on assignment. While overseas, fellows will explore issues of local importance and submit articles to their home newspapers for publication.
    More information Application Deadline: March 1

Broadcasting (Radio and Television)

To pursue a career in broadcasting, consult an advisor at the OSU School of Communication and continue your language studies at the advanced level.

Here are a few examples of job postings in broadcasting (radio or television) that might interest you:

Bilingual Production Assistant (Japanese/English)

Responsibilities include:

  • Merchandise Division Support
  • Organizing and renaming the source artwork by each category for Merchandising Dept.
  • Modifying artwork for merchandise use (converting PMS color, retyping in English)
  • Preparing requested artwork to discs or Merchandise FTP
  • Numbering and keeping the shipping record of discs
  • Keeping the record of art archiving for Merchandise
  • Liaison for Japanese licensor and submitting the products and reports to Merchandising


  • Image archiving graphic property management 
  • Video materials (per request) 
  • Administrative 

Qualifications include:

  • English and Japanese Bilingual (Japanese-native level including writing and reading)
  • MAC User OX10.3 and later
  • Software:
  • Illustrator CS, Photoshop CS, FTP, Microsoft office are must 
  • Quark Express and Indesign are big plus.
  • Must understand CMYK, RGB, film separation, file format.
  • 3 years production experience

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