Careers & Internships for English Majors
- Alumni Talk about Careers in English
- Career Paths for English Majors
- M.A. Job Placements
- Ph.D. Job Placements
- Rhetoric & Composition Placements
- Study Abroad Opportunities
Department Internship Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Koonce
Live your dream: An undergraduate degree in English provides a strong foundation for many careers
Rather than simply being an obvious training ground for students who wish to be writers, editors, teachers, or professors, the undergraduate English major provides the necessary critical thinking, writing, analytical and communication skills associated with a wide variety of future career paths. This includes job opportunities in business and industry, as well as careers in public relations, journalism, advertising, non-profit organizations, entertainment, technology industries, radio and television commentary, government careers, law, public administration, library science, and museum curation.
Because the English major offers so many diverse opportunities, it is important that students begin thinking about where they might want their degree to lead them early on. The key to successful career planning is to start early in exploring potential job interests (even as soon as your first year!). One way to begin this process is to pursue coursework, internships, and workshops that can assist in achieving your career goals. Yet, another key is to network with professionals in the areas of your career interest.
Both the Ohio University English Department and the Center for Advising, Career and Experiential Learning provide services particularly designed to assist you in exploring your career potential. These services include workshops, career coaching, and opportunities to network with English Department alumni.
- See Career Paths for English Majors for details about how to prepare for writing careers in a variety of fields.
Ohio University offers a master's program with licensure for those who want to teach adolescent to young-adult education. Students can get an undergraduate degree in English from the College of Arts & Sciences, followed by a master's degree with licensure from the Patton College of Education.
Individualized Career Coaching for Arts & Sciences Students
College of Arts & Sciences students can take advantage of individualized career coaching, with many resources to help them prepare for successful lives. Students with liberal arts degrees are highly sought after because they are educated to think critically and become problem solvers for 21st century issues.