Career Preparation

In the Department of English & Literature, you’ll experience formation of your mind and soul while preparing for a career.


Career Preparation in English Major*

Freshman Year

  • Intro to LinkedIn, networking, and internship planning, LinkedIn Profile Creation: LIT2105 Literary Studies

Sophomore Year

  • Visits from variety of writing professionals, interviewing techniques, resume creation: ENG2146 Writing for Organizations

Junior Year

  • Updating LinkedIn: ENG3125 Structure of English Grammar

Junior or Senior Year

  • Internship: ENG4995/LIT4995/LIN4995

Senior Year


  • Professional portfolio preparation, resume updating: ENG4435 Writing Theory and Ethics


  • Resume and Professional Portfolio Review with Employers: Capstone (ENG4855, 4858; LIT4859; LIN4856)

*see below for other career preparation course content

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Selected Internship Experiences

  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • West Academic Publishing
  • Mpls St Paul Magazine
  • Collegis Education
  • Redleaf Press
  • The Borgen Project

Common Careers

  • Copy Editor—Red Line Editorial, West Academic Publishing
  • Assistant Production Editor—Bethany Publishing
  • Communications Specialist—Medtronic
  • Technical Writer—Medtronic, Pearson Vue
  • Grant Coordinator—Salvation Army
  • Translator—Wycliffe Bible Translators

Professional Writing Course Options

  • ENG2235 Editing and Proofreading
  • ENG3165 Instructional Design for Professional Writing
  • ENG3245 Writing for Magazines
  • ENG3247 Technical Writing
  • ENG3248 Grant Writing
  • ENG3249 Social Media Marketing
  • ENG3316 Freelance Writing
  • Professional Experience Credits:
  • Editing for Inkstone
  • Newspaper writing for the Examiner

Additional Career Preparation

  • Critical thinking and close textual analysis in literature courses
  • Research and presentation skills in capstones
  • Research experience in LIT4841/LIN 3841 Research and LIN4425 Linguistic Research Methods
  • Graduate school panel alternative years
  • Working on campus as a work study for a professor in the department, the Writing Center, or Berntsen Library