Internships and Careers

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Career opportunities for English majors

With the ability to think critically and imaginatively, conduct research, and write with accuracy, concision, and clarity, students who have earned a bachelor's degree in English are prepared for many different career paths, rather than a single profession.

Opportunities for graduates of UMKC’s Department of English:

  • journalism
  • publishing
  • technical writing
  • secondary school teaching
  • nonprofit administration
  • public relations
  • sales and marketing
  • other positions in business and industry
  • graduate school in law and business

The UMKC Career Service Staff will help you throughout your time at UMKC and beyond. Counselors can help you plan your educational experience so that you will be well-prepared to achieve your career goals. Free software programs and career counselors can help you with a vast array of information about career opportunities. To learn more, call UMKC Career Services at 816-235-1636 or visit


You can earn 3-credit hours for your English major in Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing by arranging an External Internship with a Publishing company or Newspaper.  All you have to do is make arrangements with the publishing house, get approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, and enroll in English 448 (External Internship).


The following organizations offer student internships each semester:


 New Letters

The flagship quarterly journal of new writing and art, dating back to 1934 (as the University Review) is distributed to an international readership.

New Letters on the Air

The nation's oldest and largest audio literary program is currently broadcast on more than 30 public radio stations. Its archives contain more than 1,200 interviews with most of the major literary figures of our time.

BkMk Press

A literary publisher of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Sponsor of the John Ciardi Poetry Award and the Sharat Chandra Fiction Award.


The English Department has an arrangement with Hallmark for students interested in a summer internship. Hallmark offers a Writing and Editorial Summer Internship.

Andrews McMeel Publishing

UMKC English Department has a longstanding relationship with Andrew McMeel Publishing. They offer internships in Publicity and the Book Group program.  Please contact Shelly Barkes at for further information or to apply.


Student Publications

  Number One

   A student literary magazine

University News

A weekly campus newspaper

Community Opportunities

Many of these organizations frequently offer internships and volunteer opportunities for students interested in hands-on experience in their chosen fields.

The Writers Place

A renovated house in the old Valentine section of the city, it was established in 1991 for readings, receptions and as a place for writers to meet and support each another. The Writers Place offers discounted student memberships and sponsors visiting readers of national prominence (recently Christian Wiman, H. L. Hix, Alice Friman, Jason Sommers) as well as the Riverfront Readings, a series of monthly reading by local writers, and monthly open-mic sessions.

Rainy Day Books

This independent bookstore brings to town a constant flow of celebrated writers. Recent visitors have included Marilyn Robinson, E. L. Doctorow, Camille Paglia, Richard Rhodes, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bobbie Ann Mason, John Irving, and Anne Rice.


A National Public Radio affiliate broadcasting from the UMKC campus.


A public television station presenting locally produced programming.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre

A 700-seat League of Resident Theaters institution located in the Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus, The Rep is the foremost theater in the area that produces classical and modern work, with an occasional premiere.

The Kansas City Star

Internship at The Kansas City Star. Suitable for any upper-level undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in book publishing and criticism. The intern works with editors involved in The Star's books coverage and offers significant opportunities to write reviews and feature stories. For information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

The Unicorn

A 120-seat theater that specializes in cutting-edge theater. It frequently produces shows that were last year’s Off-Broadway hits in New York. It generally produces one premiere a year.

The Coterie

One of the premiere children’s theaters in the country. Produces both well-known work and premieres. In 2007, it premiered “The Country of the Blind” by Frank Higgins, adapted from H. G. Wells.

Potluck Productions

A producing organization that mounts an evening of one-act plays each year written by women. Productions have varied from year to year in terms of being limited to women from Missouri and Kansas, and being open to women writers from across the country.


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Contact information

Internships Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Frangos
Cockefair Hall 120