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English Majors, Creative Writing Minors and Minors in Writing interested in career advice and more information about internships and resume writing, please contact Associate Professor Mary Collins at collinsmae@ccsu.edu or visit her in her office at Clarence Carroll Hall Room 345. Her office phone: 860-832-2770.

Professor Collins worked for 20 years in a range of jobs that required writing, editing and critical thinking skills, including speech writing, report writing for think tanks, feature writing for magazines and books-for-hire.

For starters, here is a list of some useful job sites and organizations that can get you started on the path to a fulfilling job.

  • Students that enjoy working as story catchers for others should check out the Personal Historians Association, which offers advice and training on how to start a business as a professional writer of family and business histories.
    http://personalhistorians.org/

  • The Association of Writing Programs offers a terrific job line and internship listing. As a student in the English Department, you qualify to join AWP at no cost under our department membership. Contact Associate Professor Mary Collins, who will add you to our membership list. Once you've done that, AWP will contact you about creating a login name and password.
    https://www.awpwriter.org/

  • To learn more about the many ways that people with strong writing, editing and critical thinking skills use those talents in the marketplace, troll through this FREE job listing. It posts a wonderful range of jobs in publishing, journalism, writing, and editing in NY, NJ, NE and DC.
    http://www.mediabistro.com/joblistings/

  • Only established writers with at least one book and a list of publications in major magazines or websites may belong to the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), but anyone can attend their conferences in NY (they often offer student rates) and visit their general website which is a treasure of information about the publishing and writing market in New York City and New England.
    http://www.asja.org/index.php

  • If you want to intern for a major magazine, please check out this site the FALL OF YOUR JUNIOR YEAR. Only juniors may apply. The internships are highly competitive but include most of the major magazines in the U.S.
    http://www.magazine.org/asme/internship-program

  • Some of the most interesting narrative writing currently airs on public radio. The Cape Cod NPR station at Woods Hole offers a famous radio writing workshop that includes writing and airing at least one story. Broaden your skill set and consider taking this workshop!
    http://transom.org/

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education may be best known for listing jobs in academic, but it also has a lot of listings for jobs in publishing, writing and editing.
    https://chroniclevitae.com/job_search/new

This list is just the start of many resources that you can tap into as you consider what you want to do after you graduate.

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