Internships, Careers, & Graduate Studies in English

An English major in Creative Writing or Literary Studies is a springboard to a rich range of professions. Our emphasis on internships and professional development throughout the undergraduate experience helps students develop marketable skills, explore career and graduate school options, and plan their next steps.

Internship Placements

Before they even graduate, our majors gain valuable professional experience through both paid and unpaid internships and short-term part-time positions with a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including:

  • Ohio Poetry Association
  • Westerville Public Library
  • The Wexner Center
  • Gateway Film Center
  • Two Dollar Radio
  • The Women’s Book
  • ThisWeek Community Newspaper
  • Thurber House
  • Hondros Learning
  • 160over90

Visit the Center for Student Success and Career Development page to start searching for the internship that best fits your career interests.

Career Options

Students pursuing majors in the English Department hone the critical thinking, writing, analytical, and communication skills that position them to succeed in a diverse array of professions. Our graduates have developed careers in:

Writing & Editing – Gettysburg Review, Zulilly, Think Glink Media, Suburban News Publications, Ronald McDonald House, Northern Ohio Live magazine, Hondros Learning/Greensward Publishing, Kunz, Leigh & Associates
Research & Library Science - State Library of Ohio, Westerville Public Library, Upper Arlington Public Library, Worthington Public Library, Nashville Public Library, Center for Urban Innovation at Georgia Tech University, Purdue University Libraries
Editing & Publishing – Ohio Outlook Magazine, McGraw Hill, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Smith Advisory Group, Jones & Bartlett Publishing, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, Spider Magazine for children
Public Relations & Advertising - GSW Advertising, Great Southern Hotel in Columbus, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio, Easter Seals of Central Ohio2
Teaching – K-12: Columbus Public Schools, Dublin Jerome High School, Groveport Madison High School, Jonathon Alder High School, Haugland Learning Center, Big Walnut High School, Cochiti Schools in New Mexico, Teach for America.
Higher Education: Newport University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Thomas More University in Kentucky, Columbus State University, Heidelberg University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
International: Fulbright Teaching Assistantships, Peace Corps.
Local, State, or Federal Government Agencies - Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Religious Services - Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, Pinehurst United Methodist Church (Pinehurst, NC)
Social Work - Peace Corps, The Salvation Army, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Crossroad Counseling Group, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Ohio
Business - Morgan Stanley, Discover Financial Services, Abercrombie & Fitch, Cardinal Health, Huntington National Bank, JP Morgan Chase, IBM, L Brands

Graduate Degrees & Programs

Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in library science, literature, creative writing, education, gender studies, film studies, legal studies, and more. Recent alumni have attended some of the most renowned graduate programs for literary studies and creative writing in the U.S.

More Post-Graduate Opportunities

Our recent graduates have also seen impressive acceptance rates for alternative routes after graduation, including serving in the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, traveling abroad to teach English language skills, and Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in countries across the world.