Careers and Internships

Increasingly, employers are recognizing the value of broad training in the liberal arts, and in the kind of skills English majors have - strong writing, the ability to read and understand complex texts, creative and flexible thinking, clear and empathetic communication with other people.  You can make the most of these skills by combining your studies with career planning and preparation.

Discuss your plans with your academic advisor. And please contact our Director of Career and Internship Planning, Professor Tim Randel (

Career Preparation

Spring 2017 Events

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:30 p.m. in Serra Hall 204: Teaching English Abroad, the World Awaits!

The English Department in conjunction with the Career Development Center and the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, are holding a career event on teaching English Abroad.

Learn about teaching English abroad: an exciting opportunity to travel, become immersed in another culture, and gain valuable teaching experience.  The panel features three guest speakers.  Joshua Hall, who has taught English in Italy, India, and, most recently, China, will present on the many teaching options available to students with undergraduate degrees.  Professor Hall will specifically emphasize how to find a position abroad, and what to expect, personally and professionally, when teaching overseas.  Adam Hodges, who taught English in China after receiving his Bachelor's degree, will share his experiences finding a position and teaching abroad.  DuVale Riley, who has worked in Ukraine in the Peace Corps and who now serves as a Peace Corp Field Based Recruiter, will present on opportunities to teach English abroad for the Peace Corp.

Burritos from JV's Mexican Food will be served. All majors welcome! For more information on, please contact Dr. Timothy Randell at 


Career Development Center

Visit the Career Center for more information and practical assistance on developing your career prospects.


Individual Internships

Working individually with an English faculty member, you can arrange to turn your internship into 1-unit course.

The Southeast San Diego Tutoring Program

The Southeast San Diego Tutoring Program offers students the  opportunity to intern at a local, low-income elementary school or middle school (K-8), tutoring children in basic reading, writing, and math while earning academic credit.

Graduate School


Teaching Credentials

Graduate Work in Literature and Creative Writing

Many English majors go on to do Master's degrees and PhD's in literature, writing, and creative writing. Choosing a program and applying requires personal attention and planning. Talk to your professors and advisors about your plans. In recent years, our English majors have gone on to study at: UCSD, University of Chicago, Columbia, University of Arizona, University of Edinburgh, and UC Davis.

Other Opportunities

Further Reading