department of english
English Now is a new initiative at Boston College that considers how the advanced study of literature is viewed beyond the academy (by businesses, future employers, or in the news) while offering links to programs and initiatives that enhance the study of the liberal arts at Boston College.
In the summer of 2015, I interned at the Metropolitan Council on Housing in New York, a non-profit housing advocacy and community organizing group. I spent my summer dabbling in policy, social media and communications, activism, and direct services.
This past summer I interned at The American City Coalition via the Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action summer internship program. I was able to work in creative economy and aid in the development of the Roxbury Cultural District, aid in research that would inform affordable housing policy and strategies, and consult a non-profit on its communications strategies.
The analytic and communication skills that I developed in my English major were instrumental in these realms. Moreover, it was the discussions, prompted by my peers and professors, that have informed my understanding of social issues. The department has helped solidify my life-long commitment to combating these issues. I am a member of PULSE council, Bowman Advocates for Inclusive Culture, and the student advisory board for the Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action.
I worked in New York this summer as an editorial intern at Family Circle at Meredith Corporation through the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Magazine Internship Program. During this internship, I pitched and wrote articles for print and online publication, fact-checked various sections of the magazine, contributed heds and deks and researched for stories. I was really happy and excited to be a part of a program with other college students who share a passion for magazines and journalism. Each week, we visited a different publication to hear editors share their advice and speak about their experiences working in the magazine industry.
I spent the summer interning at Disney Interactive in video production, where I did everything from assist on set to write scripts for online videos to develop a new video series alongside the creative directors.
I’m also the Editor in Chief of The New England Classic, Boston College's (unsponsored, unaffiliated) satirical newspaper. Since I've been here, we've gotten thousands of social media likes and grown to be pretty legitimate (unsponsored, unaffiliated) student organization of around twenty writers.
I am currently interning at Boston College Magazine, where I've written a 500-word piece on the student involvement fair that's in the works to be edited and published, and I also assist with research and whatever else Mr. Birnbaum needs.
None of these doors would have opened without the critical thinking, writing skills, exposure to classic works, ability to navigate a group discussion, and understanding of storytelling that the English major has given to me.
This summer I worked for CNBC on the breaking news desk and show Power Lunch. During my time there I wrote articles for website, scripted segments for aired pieces, conducted interviews, and wrote reports for analysts and reporters. Studying English at BC certainly provided me with skills that translated well while working full time. At BC I have been encouraged to write pieces in a number of different styles, which made me grow as a writer.
"Hunting for Soft Skills, Companies Scoop Up English Majors" (Wall Street Journal, October 2016)
“Why Poets Can Make Better Search Engines" (The New York Times, August 2016)
“What Can I do with an English Major?” (ADE, May 2016)
“To Write Software, Read Novels” (The New York Times, May 2016)
“Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires” (American Express Open Forum)
“Why Teach English?” (The New Yorker)
“The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers” (The Atlantic, June 2013)
“The Ideal English Major” (Chronicle of Higher Education)
“Stop Defending the Liberal Arts” (Inside Higher Ed)