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

Fall 2018 Event

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 12:15-2:15pm, in KIPJ Rooms H&I: Careers in Writing and Journalism

This career panel will feature USD alumni, including William Schmidt (English, 2011), who currently works as an Associate Content Writer at, and Communications Major alumni. The event is hosted by the English Department in coordination with the Communications Department, the Career Development Center, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. 

Panelists will discuss their career trajectories and the real-life conditions and considerations that guide their career choices. Learn how to take steps to pursue careers in writing and journalism. Attendees are encouraged to wear business casual attire and to bring a copy their resumes, a notebook and pen, and questions to start networking with panelists.  All majors are welcome to attend!  

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