Careers & Internships
The English major prepares students to write and speak well, to think analytically and critically, and to solve problems quickly, all of which are required and sought after in today's 21st century job market.
My English degree from UMass Amherst has taken me to places I never thought was possible. It’s such an incredibly versatile discipline. — Matt McNulty, Content Supervisor at Google
My experience at MassLive this summer truly exceeded all expectations. … In two months, I published 22 stories which received over 1.7 million online views. — Tess Halpern, English major
Last summer, I interned at a law firm. It was a writing-intensive internship where I drafted case summaries, Memorandum and Articles of Association, affidavits, and other legal documents. Being an English major came in handy at this internship where I had to be meticulous in my writing. — Yashika Issrani, English major
Listed below are recurring, for-credit internships that may be of particular interest to English majors. More internship options (paid and unpaid) can be found through Handshake (CareerConnect has been retired). HFA has an Internship Assistance Fund to help students pursue internship opportunities.
- Digital Communications Intern, English Department - Application period begins April 15
- University of Massachusetts Press (Editorial/Production Intern) - Apply by May 1
- Digital Communications Intern, Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP) - Priority will be give to applications received by May 1
- University of Massachusetts Press (Summer Intern)
- Juniper Institute - Administrative Assistant for summer creative writing conferences. Must have workstudy. Applications period begins in September. Contact Betsy Wheeler.
- Digital Communications Intern, English Department - Application period begins Nov 6
- University of Massachusetts Press (Publicity & Marketing Intern) - Apply by Nov 1
- University of Massachusetts Press (Editorial/Production Intern) - Apply by Nov 1
- Digital Communications Intern, Western Massachusetts Writing Project - Apply by Sept 8
LinkedIn for English Majors
English majors are encouraged to join the LinkedIn group for UMass Amherst English Majors, Alumni, and Friends of the Department.
To help you decide where to direct your skills, we hold workshops, sponsor internships, and run a Careers seminar.
- Careers seminar: The Major and Beyond (Greve, 2 credits, fall and spring semesters)
- Specializations give students options for developing specific skillsets in writing, editing, and digital technology
- Individual career advising: contact Career Development Services at 413-545-6152
- Resume and cover letter tips (PDF), sample resumes (PDF), job interview tips (PDF)
- Walk-in resume review is available at Career Services, Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in 511 Goodell. Call 413-545-2224