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  • Internships and Careers


    Recent Saint Vincent College English graduates have gone on to successful careers that include the following:

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    • College teaching
    • Editing and publishing
    • Creative writing
    • Law
    • Journalism
    • Broadcasting
    • Professional and technical writing
    • Public relations
    • Arts administration
    Click here for a detailed list of possible career choices for English majors, from a link provided by SVC's Career Center Portal page. 
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  • Internship Experiences 

    Ultimately, the person graduating with a degree in English will comprehend language both as a tool and an art, having explored the felicitous tension between creative impulse and traditional form. Such a comprehension enables graduates to succeed in teaching, law, professional writing, creative writing, and academia.

    Kat OrdiwayInternship: Editorial Intern, St. Lynn’s Press/Pittsburgh
    Date: Summer 2015
    Class of 2016

    There’s never a dull day in a publishing company, especially if you’re an intern at a small press. This summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at St. Lynn’s Press in Pittsburgh. Somehow, there seems to be this common consensus that interns spend most of their time picking up the mail and getting coffee for their boss; my experience was the complete opposite.

    From day one, I was part of every part of the publishing process, from beginning to end. My big project for the summer was to pitch book ideas at the query meetings we had every week. I wrote copy for newsletters and blogs, worked on tipsheets, attended all the staff meetings and participated in phone meetings, communicated with authors and agents, and, of course, edited. I saw books at every stage of the editing process. I also spent a lot of time on the copyright office’s website registering books. 

    My time with St. Lynn’s wasn’t just about professional experience. I had amazing life experiences as well. We visited a St. Lynn’s author who lives off the grid, took a field trip to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, went to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and took the occasional walk along the Monongahela River. 

    It was an amazing summer on the South Side and I was sad to see it end. I left St. Lynn’s with a fuller appreciation for the editing process and a new understanding of what it means to edit someone else’s work.

    Internship: Professional Writing, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
    Date: Spring 2011
    Class of 2014

    Being an intern with the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was an excellent experience. That was in the spring of 2011 at their office in Ligonier. The first portion of my internship was writing summaries of the grants that had received funding from the Visitors Bureau. This was both for their records and in preparation for the program for their presentation of the grants. It involved researching the groups and choosing pertinent information for the summaries. After writing the summaries, I also proofed them. I was permitted to make my own schedule, and usually worked 10 to 15 hours a week. They then asked me to stay on once this project was finished.

    My new job was to manage their client and member database from events and shows the Bureau would host or have a display at. It involved working with the database they had purchased for this purpose, organizing it, and entering new information. This internship absolutely came in handy because I have done both of these things in my current graduate student researcher job with the Learning Research and Development Center. My GSR position requires 20 hours of work a week and completely pays for grad school, healthcare, and gives me a monthly stipend. Part of my GSR position involves proofing documents and units. I have also worked on their membership database and have created programs similar to the ones at the Visitors Bureau. The internship undoubtedly helped me to get my GSR position and my GSR position has been worth thousands for me.

  •  Career Spotlight 

    Our English major alumni not only survive in the “real world,” they thrive.  Saint Vincent English majors teach in high schools throughout the United States, and many recent graduates have launched successful, fulfilling careers as lawyers, business administrators, college professors, librarians, professional writers, editors, and authors.   


    Our majors teach in elementary, middle grade, and secondary schools, both public and private, in New York, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and the District of Columbia.  In the Pittsburgh area, Saint Vincent English majors teach in the Gateway, Norwin, Hempfield, Canon-McMillan school districts, and at Bishop Guilfoyle, Geibel Catholic, Serra Catholic, the Valley School of Ligonier, and the Winchester-Thurston school.  


    Recent graduates have attended top MFA programs in creative writing with notoriously steep acceptance rates.  They have studied Poetry at Saint Mary’s College, Colorado State, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Columbia University, Literary Translation at Queens College of CUNY, and Screenwriting at Chapman University 

    Our students and graduates have active writing lives, and many have attended top creative writing residency programs, including Banff, NY State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College, and the Juniper Institute at UMass. 


    Students from our department have earned doctorates from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Duquesne University, Carnegie-Mellon University, West Virginia University, and the University of Leuven, Belgium.  Presently, two recent graduates are pursuing doctorates at the University of Pittsburgh and one at the University of Illinois. 

    Our students are professors at numerous institutions, such as the University of Ankara, University of Arkansas-Monticello, University of St. Thomas, Saint Vincent College, University of Texas, and others.  Some majors have earned the terminal degree of Masters in Library Science and work as librarians and archivists, and others have gone into academic administration and student affairs.  


    Every SVC English major who has applied to law school has been admitted.  Our majors have studied law at Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, Dayton University, and Penn State Law School at Dickinson. 

    The skills in writing and critical thinking have won our majors fulfilling administrative careers with companies and organizations such as United Way of Pittsburgh, Wheeling Jesuit University, Samuel Industries, Postcard Mania, Saint Vincent College, and BNY Mellon, The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among many more. 

    Of course, many of our graduates have successful careers as freelance writers, copywriters, and journalists, working in such firms as Mullen Advertising, St. Lynn’s Press, Public Citizen, Rosetta Books, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Blaze, the Washington County Community Organization, and the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance.