Opportunities for English and Creative Writing Students

Opportunities for English and Creative Writing Students

The department’s dedication to combining intellectual and professional experiences through engaged learning inspires us to offer a broad range of relevant opportunities to students. Faculty eagerly work with students to ensure each student’s most appropriate career fit by exploring and offering connections through our expansive alumni and professional networks. Students benefit from this approach to education, which introduces them to exciting life opportunities.


English and creative writing majors pursue internships with corporations, non-profits, arts organizations, libraries, museums, publishers and schools. In the fall of the junior year, all majors are required to have an internship and, at the same time, to enroll in a departmental course that addresses key elements of career success: professionalism, negotiation, communication and collegiality. Recent English and creative writing majors’ internships have included:

  • Big Car Collaborative
  • Crescent Creative
  • Festival Country Indiana
  • Historic Artcraft Theatre
  • Indiana Writers Center
  • Indy Reads
  • Johnson County Museum of History
  • Johnson County Public Library
  • Peace Learning Center
  • Wild Geese Bookshop
  • Emmis Communications
  • Greenwood (Indiana) Chamber of Commerce
  • Polyscope Media
  • Teaching in the Franklin College classroom alongside a professor
  • Youth Connections (of the United Way)
  • Youth ministry

Graduate and Law School Acceptances

The English program currently has approximately ten alumni seeking advanced degrees in English, education, and law. Members of the Class of 2015 are currently pursuing advanced degrees at:

  • Butler University
  • Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Practical Experiences

The department of English and creative writing offers current students several opportunities for professional development, such as:

  • editing and contributing to the Apogee, Franklin’s literary magazine.
  • work study and research opportunities to work alongside faculty.
  • consulting with students about their papers at the college’s writing center, the Write Place.
  • opportunities to attend lectures by leading scholars and readings by published writers.

Our graduates have gained skills that have allowed them to succeed in a wide variety of fields:

  • Recent alums have taught, or currently teach, in Spain (Mia Taskey ’16 and Richard Miller ‘16), France (Sarah Lawson ’15 and Ryanne Wise ’17), South Korea (Lacey Jackson ’14), and Ukraine, Turkey, and China (Hillary Cain ’15)
  • Emily Pierce (’18): Program Director at Girls Inc. (Shelbyville, IN)
  • Darian Eswine (’16): Community Relations & Marketing Coordinator at Catholic Charities of Louisville
  • Jane Doll (’15): Regulatory Affairs Specialist for SonaCare Medical (Indianapolis)
  • Sarah Seward (’13): Marketing specialist at Frakes Engineering (Indianapolis)
  • Kristen Beasley (’10): Consultant at Netlogx, an information risk management company (Indianapolis)
  • Terrell Parker (’11): Program Manager at the National Minority AIDS Coalition (Washington, DC)
  • Chelsea Sutton (’11): Communications Coordinator at the Indiana Historical Society (Indianapolis)
  • Lauren Bobbitt (’09): Content Manager at Trader’s Point Creamery (Zionsville, IN)
  • Sara Griffin (’07): Assistant Director for Outreach and Corporate Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Angela Chastain (’06): Managing Editor for Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews at the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Bralynne Meyers (’05): Attorney, Baughman Law Group (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Stephanie Cox (’03): Vice President of Marketing at Project Lead the Way (Indianapolis)
  • Brad Rateike (’02): Founding Principal of the public relations firm Bar Communications (Indianapolis) and former Director of Communications for the White House (Washington, DC)
  • Haley Glover (’00): Strategy Director for the Lumina Foundation
  • Jennifer Smith (’98): Faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA)
  • Loretta Yates (’96): Executive Editor and Relationship Manager for Pearson Education
  • Jason Harris (’94): Regional Manager of Communications for Ferrari (in Northern Europe)
  • Lisa Arnold (’89): President and Chief Operating Officer for HomeBank (Martinsville, IN)