English Student Opportunities

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 that each student pursues the kind of career most appropriate to her or him. Students benefit from this career-focused approach to education, which introduces them to exciting opportunities after college.


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

Practical Experiences

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)