Students have access to many career-related activities including:
The Professional Seminar Series
The Professional Seminar series is a 3-unit class (76-300) that meets once per week each fall. Practicing professionals, who are mostly department alumni, come to campus to talk with students about the fields in which they work and how to prepare for a career in that field. Fields include editing and publishing, public relations, corporate communication, marketing, print and online journalism, web design and information architecture, science writing, and healthcare communications.
All English students (even those who aren’t registered for the course) are invited to sit in on individual weekly seminars that interest them. We strongly encourage students to register for the course and attend all the seminars to get the most well rounded view of what you can do with a degree in professional and technical writing.
Under Construction: Building Your Future
This annual event helps Dietrich College students explore all of their career possibilities and create a network of alumni contacts. The event features approximately 60 alumni who return to share their personal career paths with current students. Learn more about the event.
Preparing for an Academic Career
This speaker series is offered every two years for undergraduate and graduate students considering a career in academia. Panel sessions focus on applying to Ph.D. programs, phases in the Ph.D. program and how to manage the Ph.D. timeline, conferences and networking, applying for grants and fellowships, creating a teaching portfolio and a CV, publishing, and the academic job search.
We also offer other career-related services:
The Carnegie Mellon Career and Professional Development Center has a career consultant who works solely with undergraduate students from the English Department. Freshmen through seniors can schedule an appointment to meet with Diane Taylor, the career consultant.