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Literature | Careers & Internships

AU’s Department of Literature is training the next generation of successful writers, lawyers, teachers, diplomats, publishers, and media executives. With rigorous training in writing, communication, research, interpretation, argument and information management, literature majors bring to their workplaces an indispensable set of skills.


AU Literature graduates have gone on to the following careers: 

Pop Culture Critic, New York magazine
Editor, Penguin Books
Producer, Sirius XM Radio
Director of Literature, National Endowment for the Arts
Head Speechwriter, Former Mayor of Washington, DC
Senior Director of External Affairs, Barnes Foundation
Senior Director of Media Relations, FitzGibbon Media
Teacher, Teach for America
Associate International Editions Editor, Hearst Corporation
Librarian, University of Toronto
Vice President, Sawaya Segalas
Senior Technical Editor, US Department of Justice
HIV Policy Advisor, Futures Group International
Chief of Staff, Greenlight Ferrazzi
Associate Editor, Healthcare Design
Director, “I Have a Dream Foundation”
Editor, Conde Nast
Journalist, Washington Post
Journalist, Esquire
Special Assistant, US Environmental Protection Agency
Research Associate, Shugoll Research
Developmental Manager, Anacostia Waterfront
Marketing Director, Drake’s Brewing
Communications Associate, Bio One
Account Coordinator, Delucchi Plus
Professor, Loyola University Maryland
Professor, University of Connecticut
Professor, Trinity College
Professor, Grinnell College


Graduate Degrees

Graduates of the literature BA program attend competitive graduate programs, earning master’s degrees, PhD’s, JD’s and even MD’s from the following schools:

University of Wisconsin
Columbia University
University of Maryland
Princeton University
Tufts University
Rice University
University of Pennsylvania
University of California—Irvine
University of California—Santa Cruz
University of California—Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of St. Andrews
University of South Carolina
University of Rhode Island
George Washington University
New York University
Georgetown University
Howard University
University of Michigan
George Mason University


Many of our students have found internships at the following organizations:

The Phillips Collection


The Baltimore Sun 

Smithsonian Institution


Folger Shakespeare Library

Library of Congress 

Washingtonian Magazine

Global Journalist Security

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)


American Film Institute

Conde Nast Traveler

Hearst Corporation

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

For more information, visit the Career Center website or watch the Literature Department career night video

We KNOW Success

We Know Success

Nine out of ten AU grads earning a bachelor’s degree are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or both, within six months of graduation. And 85% of those who are working hold jobs related to their degree.

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