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Internships and careers

Broad knowledge and interests combined with superior communication skills qualify graduates in English for a variety of careers. Teaching is a natural for English majors, but the career horizon stretches far and wide. Many English majors attend graduate school in law, journalism, the ministry, and, of course, English and creative writing. Others have taken jobs in publishing, public relations, radio and television, film, the arts, business, law, and as Web site designers.

Many Hollins alumnae have established impressive careers in journalism and communications. As most practicing journalists note, it is not mandatory to have a degree in journalism. A strong writing background and on-the-job training are often just as useful. Aspiring journalists will want to take advantage of the many opportunities for newspaper, publications, and media internships during the January Short Term. Recently, students have interned with The Roanoke Times, Algonquin Publishing (Chapel Hill, N.C.), UNC Press (Chapel Hill), and the Feminist Press (New York City).

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Hollins boasts an impressive number of graduates who have been successful in the publishing world. Hundreds of Hollins alumnae have published books, among them:

  • Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Jenny Boully, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, [one love affair], The Body: An Essay
  • Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, Joanna's Husband/David's Wife, A Woman of Independent Means
  • Lee Smith, The Last Girls, Fair and Tender Ladies, Family Linen, Oral History, Saving Grace
  • Katie Letcher Lyle, Dark But Full of Diamonds
  • Heather Davis, The Lost Tribe of Us
  • Elizabeth Hughey, Sunday Houses the Sunday House
  • Liana Camper-Barry (writes under the name Liana Quill), Fifty Poems