Internships and Careers for English Majors

Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.

Advising

  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.

  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.

Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.

Resources

  • American Library Association: Offers networking opportunities and employment information for those interested in library careers.
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors: Helps professional freelancers to advance their writing careers and employers to hire authors and journalists.
  • Authorlink: Provides a marketplace where writers get connected with publishing professionals.
  • Creative Freelancers: Connects freelancers with publishers and editors through an online database.
  • Newspaper Association of America: Information resource on the newspaper industry. Publishing jobs at various companies are posted online.
  • Society of Professional Journalists: Advice and resources for professional or aspiring journalists. Includes jobs, internships, and a student discount.
  • Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school.  Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.

Examples of internships and careers

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Goodwin Procter, LLP
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Magazines (Condé Nast, Parade, Ms.)
  • Publishing companies (The Gioi, Wiley, Dell, Cobblestone, Jones & Bartlett)
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • US Dept. of State-US Embassy-Dhaka
  • Senator John Kerry’s Boston Office
  • The Kaplan Thaler Group
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Sookmyung University, Seoul, S. Korea
  • Feature Films
  • Thomas Cole Historical Site
  • Auckland Museum
  • Nat’l Ctr. for Genetic Engineering & Biotech.

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Writer/Editor
  • Publisher/Publishing Assistant
  • Editorial Director
  • Lawyer/Legal Assistant
  • Campaign Organizer
  • Teacher (public/private)/University Instructor
  • Public Relations Assistant/Executive
  • Production Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Communications Coordinator/Director
  • Account Executive
  • Consultant (Educational or other)
  • Freelance Writer
  • Development Officer