Internships, Jobs, Careers

We receive numerous requests for internships and career opportunities from companies all over the Puget Sound region and beyond. On this page, you will find the most recent listings from Handshake, SU's job search platform, that are specifically suited to English majors. Current English Department students and our alumni can log-in to view and apply for these opportunities. You can also see the kind of skills that employers want below.

Internships: A Great Opportunity

Internships are opportunities for English majors to work in professional settings, either for experience or for payment, and to receive 1 to 5 upper division credits toward the major for your work.  At the same time, you develop valuable work experience.  You must be a junior or senior and have the permission of the Director of Internships, Dr. June Johnson Bube. All internships are pass/fail.

Recent opportunities enjoyed by English majors have been with Sasquatch Press, W.W. Norton Company, Seattle Publishing, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Public Leadership Education Network, Washington State Democrats, Starbucks Coffee Company, Yes! Magazine, Seattle International Film Festival, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle Art Museum, and King County, Washington.  See Dr. June Johnson Bube, jjbube@seattleu.edu, for further information.


Why do employers value English majors?

According to a recent survey report of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the majority of business executives want college graduates with strong communication, critical inquiry skills, and problem-solving abilities.  Indeed, many employers prefer hiring English majors and students in the humanities.  The reasons are many.  As a student in our department, you will cultivate or practice

  • Eloquence:  the artful command of a wide-ranging vocabulary; the skillful presentation of points to different kinds of listeners.
  • Critical thinking:  the ability to ask the kinds of question that bring into view the complexities and possibilities of problems; the skill of formulating a problem in such a way as to open up paths for research.
  • Research:  the ability not just to find answers to but to construct them using convincing evidence; the power to produce knowledge in the face of unknowns and uncertainties.
  • Empathy:  the ability to understand the positions of others by means of careful reading and reflection rather than crude projection; the power to imagine as fully as possible different points of view, combined with a sense of the limitations of this ability.

What can you do with an English major?

More than you probably think!  English majors are trained to read, write, and communicate exceptionally well. In an age of text messaging (does the word “could” actually have all those letters in it?) and speed email, the English major’s passion for and expertise with the language gives her an edge in almost any career field she might explore.  English majors are successful in the business world (advertising and marketing are some of the more obvious choices), the legal profession (we’re used to reading all the time, after all), the entertainment industry, the arts world, and, of course, the noble profession of teaching.

Resources

Need a hand getting started with your job or internship search? The Career Services Department is available to talk you through the best options for English majors, help you narrow down what aspect of the writing field you would like to pursue, and can assist with preparing cover letters and resumes. Use their appointment request form to request a meeting with one of their career advisors.