Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Don’t try to mold yourself into what you think a college student is “supposed to be.” Keep your mind open to new ideas.
Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., DeanSchool of Humanities and Fine ArtsPhone: 724-805-2343Fax: 724-805-2812
Recent Saint Vincent College English graduates have gone on to successful careers that include the following:
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.
Internship: Editorial Intern, St. Lynn’s Press/PittsburghDate: Summer 2015Class of 2016There’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 BureauDate: Spring 2011Class 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.
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
ENGLISH MAJORS IN THE CLASSROOM
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.
ENGLISH MAJORS IN CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMS
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
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.
ENGLISH MAJORS IN ACADEMIA
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
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
ENGLISH MAJORS IN LAW, BUSINESS, AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING
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.