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 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 non-profits, corporations, arts organizations, faith-based organizations, and educational enterprises. 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:

  • Emmis Communications
  • Greenwood (Indiana) Chamber of Commerce
  • Kids in Crisis
  • 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 English department 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 there were able to use both in fields related to the study of language and in fields not often associated with an English degree.

  • Recent alums have taught, or currently teach, in Spain (Mia Taskey ’16), France (Sarah Lawson ’15), Thailand (Hillary Cain ’15), and South Korea (Lacey Jackson ’14)
    Jane Doll (’15; English and Chemistry double-major) is currently studying patent law at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law
  • Sarah Seward (’13) is a marketing specialist at Frakes Engineering
  • Kristen Beasley (’10) is a consultant at Netlogx, an information risk management company, in Indianapolis.
  • Terrell Parker (’11) is Linkage to Care Specialist at Brothers United Inc. (Indianapolis)
  • Chelsea Sutton (’11) is Communications Coordinator at the Indiana Historical Society (Indianapolis)
  • Lauren Bobbitt (’09) is Marketing and Communication at Trader’s Point Creamery (Zionsville, IN)
  • Sara Griffin (’07) is 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)
  • 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 (’94): Executive Editor and Relationship Manager for Pearson Education
  • Jason Harris (’94): Regional Manager of Communications for Ferrari (in Northern Europe)