Career Resources for Hispanic/Latinx
Hispanic/Latinx Professional Associations By Industry
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
You may want to become involved with one or more of these organizations to grow your network in the field, to be connected to job and internship opportunities, to utilize their library of resources to learn more about the field, and to participate in conferences and events sponsored by the association.
Arts, Media and Entertainment
- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is the nation's premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the Latino arts field.
- Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA) AHA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino arts, artists and art organizations as an integral part of the cultural life of the nation.
- Hispanic Designers (HDI) Dedicated to highlighting Hispanic talent and cultural contributions in the design industry
- Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, (HOLA)--an arts service organization committed to exploring and expanding available avenues for projecting Hispanic artists and their culture into the mainstream of Anglo-American industry and culture.
- The Latinx In Media & Arts Coalition is dedicated to connecting and elevating Latinx working across all areas of the media and arts industries.
- Association of Latino Independent Producers seeks to change media culture by advocating and promoting the professional needs of Latinx artists in media.
- The Culture Marketing Council is known as "The Voice of Hispanic Marketing" and is the only national trade organization representing the entire Hispanic marketing, communications and media industry.
- Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, (AHAA) The mission of AHAA is to grow, strengthen and protect the Hispanic marketing and advertising industry by providing leadership in raising awareness of the value of the Hispanic market opportunities and enhancing the professionalism of the industry.
- Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) strives to ensure that participation of the Hispanic community in corporate America is commensurate with Hispanic purchasing power.
- National Society of Hispanic MBAs--contains information on scholarships, careers, conferences, and programs.
- National Hispanic Business Women Association--help women entrepreneurs, professionals, consultants, executives, inventors, and investors throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain utilize our international portal to do business directly, communicate effectively, and collaborate with each other for their mutual benefit.
- American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE)is committed to serving the interests of Hispanic Americans in the economics profession
- Latino Tax Professionals Association (LTPA)is a professional association dedicated to excellence in the field of tax preparation and related services.
- Society of Hispanic Human Resource Professionals (SHHRP)is a membership based organization dedicated to the promotion of diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.
- National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)is the largest minority trade group in the real estate industry
- Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accouting, (ALPFA) ALPFA is the leading professional association dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos in the accounting, finance and related professions.
- Latin Business Association: aims to promote growth of Hispanic/Latino-owned companies through business development, education and advocacy.
- Hispanic Public Relations Association--mission is to advance the practice of Hispanic public relations as a marketing discipline; to serve as the voice for professionals working in the Hispanic communications field nationwide; to empower its members through support, resources and education; and to offer guidance and assistance to students pursuing careers in the field.
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry.
- National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, (NALEO) A comprehensive advocacy and leadership network dedicated to the advancement of the Hispanic people.
- Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) is a grassroots based coalition with an organizational structure that functions as a collective of communal circles working together, at different levels, towards political empowerment, self-determination and sustainability of the Latino community’s future.
- National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives –Mission is to identify, cultivate and prepare Hispanics for advancement into the SES ranks, and energize, empower and inspire a new generation of Hispanic Senior Executives
- National Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (NAHHE)promotes the advancement of Hispanic/Latinos in management and C-suite leadership positions in healthcare.
- National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations.
- National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Hispanic nurses to improve the healthcare of our communities.
- National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMAMD)is a non-profit association representing 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States.
- Hispanic Dental Association provides service, education-research, advocacy, and leadership for all healthcare professionals, to promote overall health of the Hispanic/Latinx and underrepresented communities.
- National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA) is a national organization of mental health professionals and students whose objective is to generate and advance psychological knowledge and foster its effective application for the benefit of the Hispanic/Latino population.
Law/Law Enforcement/Public Service
- Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is the incorporated, nonprofit, national association of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors and law students committed to promoting the goals and objectives of the association.
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund a national nonprofit organization with the principal objective of protecting and promoting the civil rights of U.S. Latinos through litigation, advocacy, educational outreach and the awarding of law scholarships.
Science and Engineering
- Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) was formed as a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science: scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.
- Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists: provides a networking and nurturing environment where members are able to develop and hone their leadership, communication, management, and technical skills.
- National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
NSHP promotes the professional well-being and recognizes the accomplishments of Hispanic physicists within the scientific community of the United States and within society at large.
- Latinos in Science and Engineering mission is to promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.
- Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association--mission is to empower Latino technological and scientific engagement, broaden awareness of the impact Latinos are currently having on these sectors, and concurrently representing their overall interest within the digital information age.
- TechLatino—Mission is to Educate, Motivate, and Empower the Latino Community with the Use of Technology.
- Techqueria (Latinx in Tech) -- To provide Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.
- Latinx in AI-- Launched in January 2018, leaders from organizations in Artificial Intelligence, Education, Research, Finance, and Social Impact banded together to create a group that would be focused on “Creating Opportunity for LatinX in AI.”
· Latinas in Tech is a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support and empower Latina women working in tech.
The following associations are less professional associations by industry and more advocacy associations for Latinx rights and equity. They may be valuable for information and participation, as well as for leadership training, legal information, knowledge of opportunities, and career assistance.
- Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy
- Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino professionals.
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) develops the next generation of Hispanic leaders.
- Council for Latino Workplace Equity (CLWE) the purpose of the Council for Latino Workplace Equity is to foster workplace equity for Latino talent and seek inclusion and opportunity for Latino leaders to claim their place at the table with certainty and conviction.
- Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement (HACE) serves as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and is an expert matter for corporations seeking to access diverse talent.
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is a national organization representing the accredited colleges and universities in the United States where Hispanic students constitute at least 25 percent of the total student enrollment.
- National Hispanic Institute (NHI) targets top Hispanics in high school and college and conducts creative leadership training to develop students’ self-marketing, networking, college planning and organizational development skills.
- Prospanica has hosted annual career and professional development conferences, connecting thousands of Hispanics to graduate programs, subject matter experts, corporations, and each other.
- The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute was founded as an independent, nonprofit research organization to foster sound public policies and programs relevant to the Hispanic community.
- UnidosUS formerly known as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)— is the country’s largest national constituency-based Hispanic advocacy organization and was established to reduce poverty and discrimination and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is dedicated to bringing the issues and concerns of the nation’s more than 2 million Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship - This scholarship opportunity provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines.
American Chemistry Society, Scholars Program - The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to under-represented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields.
American Meteorological Society, Minority Scholarships - The AMS Minority Scholarships awards funding to minority students who have been traditionally under-represented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students.
Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Scholarships - This is a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.
Hispanic Federation, Education – This organization runs educational programs that support students and their families at every stage of the academic system, from early childhood education through college graduation. The Hispanic Federation also carries out research and advocates to advance policies that help Latino and other underserved students obtain the tools, resources and opportunities they need to succeed academically and in life.
PBS, Latino Americans – Lesson plans and activities are available on this webpage of the PBS website that support grades 7-12 exploration of the many ways that Latinos are woven into the fabric of the United States' story.
National Community College Hispanic Council - This Council is the nation’s leading organization for preparation and support of Hispanic leaders in America’s community colleges. Review their list of links and resources for helpful information and resources.
Jobs and Grants
National Hispanic Medical Association, Jobs – The NHMA hosts a career center providing job seekers of Hispanic and Latino descent to search, with various tools, for a job in the medical sector across the country.
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Jobs – This organization, which has positioned itself to work with institutions of higher education, foundations, business partners and other collaborative organizations that seek to address Hispanic pipeline issues in higher education, offers a listing of open career opportunities in higher education.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - SHPE is the nation’s largest association dedicated to fostering Hispanic leadership in the STEM field. The SHPE Job Board is a leading online career center, the career hub for Hispanic STEM professionals. Visit the Job Board to find the right science, technology, engineering and math jobs.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants – This organization fosters and encourages participation in government contracting by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. They issue Black business grants, minority business grants, and women business grants.
Minority Business Development Agency, Business Grants - On an annual basis, the MBDA organizes various ‘angel investors’ with the primary objective of supporting small businesses with minority business grants.
Networking and Associations
Latinos for Education – This organization’s mission is to develop, place and connect essential Latino leaders in the education sector. They aim to build an ecosystem of Latino advocates by infusing Latino talent into positions of influence. The rests on the organization’s belief that education provides opportunities for students to decide their destiny.
Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement – This organization seeks to positively impact the American workplace by cultivating the pipeline of Latino talent and providing Latino professionals the insight, access and support to be successful no matter their career sector.
ColorComm - ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising Print Media, Broadcast, Digital and more.
National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives – This organization’s mission is to identify, cultivate and prepare Hispanics for advancement into the senior executive ranks. This is accomplished via leadership, events, partnerships, mentoring, activities and more.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program - The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.
Hispanic 100 - The Hispanic 100 organization was established to develop and promote leadership within and from the Hispanic community to advance and support venture principles through advocacy and educational activities that impact the Hispanic population as it relates to the overall social and economic good.