Professional Opportunities-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Opportunities

What do you do with a degree in Creative Writing?

The answer is—just about anything. Students can gain practical experience while in school through Editing and Publishing internships at Carnegie Mellon University Press and editorial positions with The Oakland Review, the student literary magazine, and the student newspaper The Tartan and Dossier, its semi-annual literary supplement. Students may also take internships in the community in business, public relations, journalism and advertising.

Student and alumni writers have received many honors and awards, including the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, an Emmy, the Slipstream Press Book Prize, Best American Short Stories, fellowships from the National Endowment from the Arts, and many state grants and fellowships across the country. In addition, current students and alumni are active in book and journal publishing, appearing in such distinguished journals as The Yale Review, The New Yorker, Quarterly West, Carolina Quarterly, Ploughshares, Women's Studies Quarterly, Antioch Review, and publishing books with such distinguished publishers as Norton, Random House, St. Martin’s Press, and many others.

Carnegie Mellon Creative Writing Graduate School Placements

Many students go on to graduate school at the finest MFA programs and have careers writing and teaching at universities across the country:

University of Alaska
American University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
Bennington College
Boston University
Bowling Green State University
Brooklyn College
Brown University
University of California - Irvine
City University of New York
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
University of Denver
Emerson College
University of Florida
Florida International University
Florida State University
George Mason University
Johns Hopkins
University of Illinois
Illinois State University
Indiana University
University of Iowa
Louisiana State University
Loyola University - Chicago
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Miami
Miami of Ohio


University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri - Columbia
Naropa Institute
New College
New York University
University of New Hampshire
SUNY Binghampton
University of New Orleans
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Penn State University
University of Pittsburgh
Rutgers
University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
Sarah Lawrence
University of Southern California
Southwest Texas State University
Stanford
Syracuse University
University of Texas
Trinity College (Ireland)
University of Virginia
Warren Wilson
Washington University
West Virginia University
Western Michigan University
University of Wisconsin
University of Wyoming