Careers in English

A background in English provides graduates with a solid foundation for a variety of careers, including law, business, education, publishing and government, as well as graduate work in film studies and media, creative writing, language, literary and cultural studies, and critical writing. We develop future English teachers in pre-professional courses within the discipline and cultivate digital citizenship while building skills in professional communication.

Related Careers*  

  • English teacher
  • Paralegal
  • Social media strategist
  • Corporate communications
  • Media production (film, TV, internet)
  • Foreign service
  • Print and digital publishing
  • Human resources
  • Advertising and copyediting
  • Public relations
  • Technical or professional writer
  • Foundations/non-profit management

You’ll also be prepared for graduate and professional study in a variety of fields.

*Careers listed may require additional education.


The English internship class (ENGL 492) gives you experience in different types of writing and research in a professional environment, and in different careers in which your expertise - research, writing, and critical thinking - would be applicable. An internship provides invaluable resume building experience as well as a chance to try out different careers.

An internship counts as an English elective. It’s typically 3 units of academic credit and requires a commitment of roughly 8-10 hours per week, though most internships are flexible around your busier class times. 

Examples of internships we have offered include the following:  

  • Literary Agent (reading and reviewing submissions from potential clients)
  • Social Media Writing
  • Publicity/Social Media/Blog Writing
  • Journalistic/Research Writing
  • Website Writing and Design
  • Environmental/Sustainability Writing
  • Professional/Technical Writing

For more information, contact our Program Chair or the instructor listed for ENGL 492 in the upcoming schedule of classes.

 Career Development Services

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