English Career Guide

Consider joining the Communication and the Arts Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Past Internship Sites:

  • The Holland Sentinel
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • Grand Rapids Symphony
  • West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center
  • Frederick Meijer Writing Center
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • Zondervan Publishing
  • Wood TV 8
  • Kellogg
  • Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • English Immersion Teacher – ISM Academy, Ecuador
  • Marketing Assistant – English Gardens
  • Logistics and Customs Compliance – Supply Chain Solutions
  • Communications Specialist – Domino Farms
  • Director of Admissions – Western Theological Seminary
  • Faith in Youth Partnership Director – Good Samaritan Ministries
  • English Teacher – Kenowa Hills Public Schools
  • Referral  Coordinator – United Way
  • NCAA Football Official – NCAA
  • Membership Manager – Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Creativity and Writing Coach – Self-employed
  • Writer & Editor – Agard-Orosz Fellow
  • Translator – United Nations
  • Principal Consultant – Education Consulting Practice
  • Elementary Teacher – Charlotte, NC
  • Principal – Holland Public Schools
  • Lead Copywriter – Amway
  • Author – McMillan Publishing
  • Data Scientist – Eidex
  • Director – Center for Equity and Inclusion


Kristina Pepelko '12 & '19 Spotlight

Kristina Pepelko '12 & '19

My favorite Grand Valley memories were made by being a part of student organizations, especially the Humane Society of Grand Valley and the Student Environmental Coalition.

Melissa Pyle '18 Spotlight

Melissa Pyle '18

My favorite Grand Valley memory was being in all of the organizations that I was a member of made my time at Grand Valley.

Christina McElwee '05 & '08 Spotlight

Christina McElwee '05 & '08

One of my favorite memories from Grand Valley was being a part of the GVSU Dance Troupe. I had never taken any type of organized dance classes prior but soon fell in love with the art of dance. I still dance both recreationally and competitively today.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Sigma Tau Delta, Honors Society
  • The Lanthorn
  • Fish Ladder
  • Ad Club
  • Law Society
  • Oldenburg Writing Competition
  • Shakespeare Student Competition
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Numerous cultural student organizations

Study Abroad Programs

"Amid the conflicts and convergences of our globalized era, literature can serve as an ample window onto the histories, hopes, and burdens borne by our global neighbors." In an international setting, the context of each literature course will serve to broaden your perspective within a global society. Step out into the world, rev up your resume, and earn academic credit by studying abroad in locations such as United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Japan, Poland, and many more.

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Understanding of human diversity
  • Research
  • Presentation and speaking
  • Reading comprehension
  • Active listening
  • Writing
  • Understanding language
  • Deep sense of curiosity

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Page last modified December 12, 2022