Alumni & Careers

Our alumni have gone on to achieve great things in the fields of education, marketing, law, government, editing and publishing, and beyond. This could be you!


Anjuli Harris ‘21

Proposal Specialist
Winona, MN

Applied and Professional Writing major

“My English degree now helps me craft narrative sales proposals to sell Fastenal’s products and services to National Account customers.

For large customers like these, a winning proposal can be worth millions of dollars in sales, so it’s exciting to see how powerful words can be!”


Jake Pleschourt ‘20

Human Resources Assistant
Attorney General of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Applied and Professional Writing major

“Attorney General of Minnesota Keith Ellison shared that he selected me for my Human Resources role because of my strong writing background and skills.

Currently, I use my English degree when on-boarding new employees, managing employee benefits, and announcing COVID-19 protocol.”


Danielle Eberhard ‘19

Writer, Editor
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Language and Literature major

“Thanks to my English graduate degree and Graduate Assistantship, I was more than prepared to create content for different audiences.

Alongside the User Experience (UX) and Content Strategy team, I now write and edit website and newsletter copy for students, faculty, and staff.”


Abby Berning ‘17

English Language Teacher
Youhyeon Elementary School
Seoul, South Korea

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) major

“I absolutely love teaching and living abroad. I now teach English to students in grades 3 – 6, as well as a phonics class to students who need more practice reading and writing the alphabet.

Thanks to the Applied Linguistics/TESOL program, I understand the peculiarities of English, which helps me predict which concepts will be difficult for my students and know how to assist them.”


Rene Stiller ‘17

Education Specialist
Mayo Clinic, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Rochester, MN

Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching) (CALT) major

“I’m so grateful that WSU instilled in me a mentality of being a lifelong learner. Without this mindset, I don’t know if I would have ever put myself forward to work with doctors and researchers in the medical field.

I now get to use my English degree by supporting the professors at the Graduate School of Biomedical Science as they build and teach their courses.”

These alumni testimonials have been lightly edited for grammar, clarity, and length.

For more career ideas, learn about what else you can do with an English degree from The Princeton Review.