English Internships & Careers


All Marymount undergraduate students complete an internship as part of their program of study. The internship provides an opportunity to test career goals as well as acquire some practical professional experience.

English majors discover that they have a wide range of internship choices since employers in most fields are anxious to find interns with strong communication and analytical skills.

The Washington area provides a wealth of opportunities for challenging internships in exciting organizations in government, museums, schools, international agencies, and research institutions.

English majors have completed internships recently at

  • 826 DC
  • Aspire! Afterschool Learning
  • Creative Cauldron
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • McLean Project for the Arts
  • Planet Forward, George Washington University
  • Shepherd Consortium on Poverty
  • Capitol Hill, U.S. Congressional Staff
  • Story District
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Washington Performing Arts
  • National Organization for Women
  • Northern Virginia Community College

Internship and Practicum Sites

For students of literature and language, the Washington area affords a wealth of opportunities for gaining valuable internship or practicum experience in high-level arts and humanities organizations. Here is a sampling:

  • National Gallery of Art
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • Humanities Council of Washington, DC
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars: Kennan Institute
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Shakespeare Theater Company
  • Arena Stage
  • Americans for the Arts
  • The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Washington Performing Arts
  • Split This Rock Poetry Contest

A wide variety of other organizations in the area offer internships or practicums in research, writing, and editing.

  • The Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Institute for Humane Studies: Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program
  • AIDS Action: Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
  • Academy for Education Development
  • The Multicultural Advantage
  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • National Public Radio
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Northern Virginia Magazine


Depending upon one’s chosen electives, this major can prepare students for a job as a

  • Writer/editor in a variety of fields
  • Public relations or marketing strategist
  • Researcher/analyst
  • Teacher/educator
  • Grant developer
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Speechwriter
  • Web content creator and SEO manager

Marymount English majors have gone on to graduate study in literature, law, medicine, creative writing, communications, fine arts, theology, humanities, and other fields. Graduates have been admitted to

  • College of William and Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • University of Virginia School of Law

Marymount’s Center for Career Development can help students get ready for the internship and job search, polish résumés, and practice interviewing skills.