Career and Internship Resources for Literature & Creative Writing Majors
Welcome Literature and Creative Writing Majors!
Below you will find a variety of resources all for you, the Literature or Creative Writer major or minor, which will help you connect your academic passions to meaningful career. Please reach out to Career Development in Melrose 010 and to your faculty for additional resources to help you understand your interests and skills, gain experience, and make connections to professionals, companies and careers.
What Can I Do With an English Major?
What Can I Do With This Major: use this website to peruse different majors and learn what types of careers, employers and industries are connected to your areas of interest.
Oh, The Places Literature and Creative Writing Majors Will Go!
Where are they now? – Linfield Literature and Creative Writing graduates work in a variety of job functions in many industries. Click on the link to this interactive LinkedIn search for Literature and Creative Writing alumni information. Use this resource to get career, company and industry ideas and to reach out to Linfield alumni. You will need to sign into LinkedIn to access this link; this is a great time to set up your account, or come to the Career Hub for assistance!
The Value of your Literature and Creative Writing Major
As a Liberal Arts major at Linfield, you are learning and practicing vital skills and knowledge that will help you stand out and excel at your career. In fact, here is a Top 10 list of skills that Literature and Creative Writing Majors acquire and that employers seek out:
- Effective Communication
- The ability to work independently
- Creative Thinking
- The ability to process complex ideas
- Understanding people and ability to connect with them
- Setting schedules and working under deadlines
- Thinking critically and arguing a point
- Structure an effective argument
Sample Resume for Literature and Creative Writing Majors
Take a look at this resume sample to see what your resume may look like; remember that each resume is different, as it reflects both the experience and goals of the candidate as well as the job and company for which it is written. Come to the Career Hub in Melrose 010 to get resume advice!
Internships for Literature and Creative Writing Majors
Why should I do an internship?
Internships look great on your resume, and they have several benefits: an internship is the perfect opportunity for you to apply what you've learned in classes in a work environment. It's also a great way to make professional connections with people in your industry -- people who are working and making a living -- and, if it's the right fit for you, it could also lead to a future job.
Preparing for an internship
Once you've found the internship to which you want to apply, make sure to have all of your materials ready. Often, this will include an application, a resume, and a cover letter. You can get your cover letter and resume checked over by the staff at the Linfield Career Hub (in Melrose Hall Suite 010) so that it's competitive and ready for your opportunity! See below to learn how you can earn credit for your internship.
How to research an organization
Talk to someone in the Career Development Hub to obtain guidance on researching an organization. Be wary anytime you are asked to pay an application fee, or pay money to them. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Earning credit for an internship
Many academic departments offer internship credit - talk to your advisor about this prior to your internship. Consider elective credit through Career Development if you don’t qualify for your major internship credit, if you are doing an internship outside your area of study, or if you are completing an exploratory internship.
MORE → Download the Internship Brochure!
Career & Internship Websites for Literature and Creative Writing Industries
- WriteJobs.com – site for writing jobs and internships
- Newsjobs.com – jobs and internships in the news industry
- Media Bistro – all types of media jobs and internships
- Copyediting.com – the site’s job board for copyediting positions
- Jobs in Social Media.com – job board for social media jobs and internships
- Communications Jobs.net – job board for many types of communication jobs and internships
- Journalism Jobs.com - Journalism job and internship board
- Profile Theatre Internships The Dramaturgy internship at Profile Theatre in Portland, which seeks students interested in dramatic literature to write articles for its website and programs. The Artistic Director at Profile is very bright and enterprising, knows about Linfield, and has actively solicited our students to apply.
- Artists Rep Internship - Our alumna Kate McMullan interned at Artists Rep, which has another good program for theater-minded students.
- Literary Arts - Linfield students are invited to apply by the director of Literary Arts in Portland, which offers internships in all its departments and may match some financial aid.
- Portland Shakespeare Project - Students interested in Shakespeare should talk to Daniel Pollack-Pelzner about a summer internship with the Portland Shakespeare Project.
- Complete Works Project - Daniel is also the consulting scholar for the Complete Works Project, a consortium of theaters that is staging all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems over the next two years, and we could surely use some interns as well.
Graduate Studies in Literature and Creative Writing Fields
Thinking about a graduate degree? Read through our Grad School Guide to get started, and check out this list of graduate programs & resources related to your studies.
- Complete List of Graduate Programs by Subject
- Communication Programs
- Creative Writing Programs
- English Programs
- Journalism Programs
- Literature Programs
- Linguistics Programs
- Mass Communication Programs
- Media Studies Programs
- The GRE Entrance Exam
- The MAT Entrance Exam
Professional Associations for Literature and Creative Writing Majors
Virtually every type of career and industry has Professional Associations that host events and conferences, produce statistics and reports, write best practices and newsletters, announce job openings, and serve as a connector for their many professional members. As a student, you may be able to get a reduced (or free) membership rate, and qualify for scholarships. Here are some Professional Associations that English and Creative Writing Majors may want to check out:
- Writer’s Guild of America
- Association of American Publishers
- National Newspaper Publishers Association
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs
- Oregon Authors
- Public Relations Society of America (Oregon Chapter)
- American Marketing Association (Portland Chapter)
- Association of National Advertisers
- Online Publishers Association
- Western Publishers Association
- National Council of Teachers of English
- Portland Ad Federation
Making Professional Connections
Creating and growing connections is crucial when it comes to finding internships and jobs. While you need to bring your experience and knowledge to the table, it is true that most employees secure their job through the people they know. Ask Career Development and your faculty to help you find professionals in your fields of interest, and start seeking out ways to expand your network. Below you’ll find some links that will help you start finding and nurturing valuable connections.
- Informational Interviews – Seek out Linfield alumni or other professionals to ask for a ½ hour meeting. You get to ask questions about their jobs, careers, industry, experience, etc.
- LinkedIn Guide – LinkedIn is the “Professional Facebook” and a must-have for any college student to be connected to a professional community, industry groups, and news.
- Social Media Guide – Your online presence says a lot about you! Make sure it is polished and professional.
Famous Literature, English, and Creative Writing Majors!
- Emma Watson (actress) started at Brown University in Fall 2009, to study English Literature
- Sharon Stone (actress) majored in Creative Writing and Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania at Edinborough
- Steven Spielberg (filmmaker) was an English major at California State University, Long Beach
- Sting (singer/songwriter) was an English major at Northern Counties College of Education
- Mitt Romney (CEO of Bain Capital & former Governor) was an English major at Brigham Young University
- Andrea Jung (former Avon CEO) was an English literature major at Princeton University
- Justice Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court Justice) was an English major at Holy Cross College
- Angelo Bartlett Giamatti (former president of Yale University and seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball) received his English degree from Yale
- Michael Eisner (former Disney CEO) was a double major in English and theatre at Denison University
- Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel (children’s author) attained a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford University
Cats to Careers Action Plan
The Cats to Careers Action Plan is created especially for Linfield students, to take proactive steps through your career development process.
Career Development Programs
Keep an eye out for events sponsored by Career Development, like…
- Lunch On Us: English/Creative Writing
- Employer Luncheons & Employer Campus Visits
- Internship Week (November)
- Grad School Fair & Grad School Week (October)
- Job Search Series (spring semester)
- First Avenue Career Expo (April)
- Life After Linfield Senior Dinner (May)
- …. And more!
For upcoming event information, visit Career Development’s Upcoming Events Page!