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Academics

Internships, Careers, & Graduate Studies

An English major -- in Creative Writing or Literary Studies -- is a springboard to a rich range of professions. Our emphasis on internships and professional development throughout the undergraduate experience helps students develop marketable skills, explore career and graduate school options, and plan their next steps. 

Internship Placements

Before they even graduate, our majors gain valuable professional experience through internships with a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including: 

  • Westerville Public Library
  • ThisWeek Community Newspaper
  • Hondros Learning
  • The Women's Book
  • Two Dollar Radio
  • 160over90
  • Thurber House

Check out our Current Internship Opportunities page to see the current calls for internship applications sent directly to our department (updated throughout the year), and visit the Career Center's Internship and Job Search Listings page to start searching for the internship that best fits your career interests now. 

Career Options

Students pursuing majors in the English Department hone the critical thinking, writing, analytical, and communication skills that position them to succeed in a diverse array of professions. Our graduates have developed careers in: 

  • writing - Suburban News Publications, Ronald McDonald House, Northern Ohio Live magazine
  • research & library science - State Library of Ohio, Westerville Public Library, Upper Arlington Public Library, Worthington Public Library, Nashville Public Library, Purdue University
  • editing & publishing - McGraw Hill, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Smith Advisory Group, Jones & Bartlett Publishing, Playwrights' Center of San Francisco
  • teaching - Columbus Public Schools, Thomas More University in Kentucky, Columbus State University, Jonathon Alder High School, Newport University, Bluffton High School in South Carolina, Heidelberg University, Cochiti Schools in New Mexico, Teach for America
  • local, state, or federal government agencies - Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • religious services - Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Michael's United Church of Christ, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services
  • social work - Peace Corps, The Salvation Army, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Crossroad Counseling Group
  • business - Morgan Stanley, Discover Financial Services, Abercrombie & Fitch, Cardinal Health, Huntington National Bank, JP Morgan Chase, IBM
  • public relations & advertising - GSW Advertising, Great Southern Hotel in Columbus, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Nationwide Children's Hospital

For a detailed list of specific alumni's career path, visit our Where Are They Now? page.

Graduate Degrees & Programs

Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in library science, literature, creative writing, education, women's studies, film studies, and more. Recent alumni have attended graduate school at: 

  • Bennington College
  • California University of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Columbia College
  • Columbia University
  • Hollins University
  • Indiana University
  • Kent State University
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Portland State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • State University of New York
  • University of Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Vermont
  • Vanderbilt University

Download our department's Grad School Info Booklet to learn more about graduate programs and application processes. 

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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