Professionalization Opportunities

Your future matters to us, whether you desire to go on to a PhD program, work for a non-profit organization or business, go directly into teaching, or a position that requires advanced writing skills, the ability to research and analyze texts, and/or critical thinking. Our graduate programs offer students robust and wide-ranging professionalization support:


  • Mentoring relationships with faculty, from day one
  • Workshops on varied topics such as attending and presenting your work at academic conferences, grant writing, alternative careers outside the academy, applying to PhD programs, publishing your work, and translating your scholarly work for a general audience. Go to our Resources page for more information
  • Internships in a variety of different environments
  • Teaching opportunities as a GTA, a Writing Center consultant, a graduate student assistant to a faculty member teaching an undergraduate course, or a participant in the Teaching Certificate program offered by TILT at CSU
  • Funding to attend or present at conferences
  • Regular Notifications of competitive awards and scholarships, job and internship opportunities
  • Career Service support: in-depth counseling targeted to advanced students in the Humanities


Professionalization opportunities are diverse in scope and focus so as to support the needs of graduate students across specializations. These opportunities are designed with the wide-ranging academic and post-graduation goals of our students in mind, from continuing on in a Ph.D. program to seeking a career in the academic, nonprofit, or corporate sectors. Events are offered throughout both fall and spring semesters.



“As the recent recipient of a teaching excellence award, I want to express my gratitude to those who helped me toward this success: the Rhetoric and Composition program in the English Department. I found the courses challenging and engaging, as well as relevant to several career paths I was considering when I first entered the program. I also owe my success in great part to the multiple opportunities that were offered by the department for professionalization. I completed two notable internships:  one as a writer for the Alumni office and the other as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA). The GTA training has earned a reputation for being extremely thorough and high in quality. As a result of this training and experience, I confidently accepted a core-faculty position at a State university that I was offered upon graduation. So, while I felt qualified to apply my degree and experience toward several career paths, I chose to teach writing because my program helped me to fully realize my love for pedagogy.” ~Christine L. Robinson, Instructor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Outstanding Instructor in the College of Letters of Arts and Sciences (LAS) for 2015

“The opportunity to teach as a GTA was life-changing; it confirmed for me what I wanted to do as a career, helped me prepare for it, connected me with mentors outside the Literature concentration, and – even though I was teaching undergraduate composition – provided me new ways to see literature, literary studies, and to talk with students about the written word.” ~Nancy Henke, faculty in English, CSU

“I highly recommend CSU’s literature program to anyone seeking the versatility to pave their own career path. As a program graduate, I have been able to pursue career opportunities outside of those traditionally reserved for English degree holders, most recently with the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program and currently with the Smithsonian Institution.  My English degree proved invaluable in both positions as they required advanced writing skills, ability to perform and analyze in-depth research, and a high level of critical thinking. These skills are highly sought by employers in every career field.” ~Kimberly Townsend, Museum of African-American History, Smithsonian