Opportunities for Majors
Networking with BU Graduates
To network with BU graduates, visit the website of the BU Center for Career Development, and click on “Networking + Interviews.” Or, you may directly access the website of the Career Advisory Network, maintained by the BU Alumni Association.
The Career Advisory Network has been put together by BU alumni and comprises more than 5,300 alumni advisors worldwide who assist fellow alumni and BU students via peer-to-peer networking, information sharing, mentoring, and more. A wide variety of industries and locales is evident on the network, including many that would be of interest to English majors—for example, publishing.
Paid Research Opportunities at BU for Undergraduates:
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that helps students locate faculty-mentored research projects and provides financial support for many such research projects.
Students who receive funding will typically perform 15-20 hours of research per week and are encouraged to apply for one of UROP’s awards, which are described below:
1. Faculty Matching Grant (FMG): up to $1,000 paid by UROP, and the remainder (e.g., $1000) paid by faculty mentor’s department/grant directly to student as a stipend
2. Student Research Award (SRA): up to $2,000, paid entirely by UROP directly to the student as a stipend
3. Funded Research Opportunity Grant (FROG): awards up to $750 for research supplies, transferred directly to faculty mentor’s department/program.
UROP’s spring application deadline is usually in December; its summer application is usually in March. Visit UROP’s website to download the UROP application and to acquaint yourself with the application deadlines as they come up.
Call (3-2020), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) , or visit the UROP office (143 Bay State Road) with any questions.
A list of some summer research opportunities outside of Boston University is available here.
Opportunities to Teach
Opportunities to teach with only a BA are out there. Private schools–primary and secondary–do not require an education degree or state certificate. Every year a recruiting firm for private schools (Carney, Sandoe & Associates) offers an information session followed by job interviews on campus. Carney, Sandoe & Associates has placed 23,500 teachers and administrators in private schools since 1977 and has thousands of positions available in all primary and secondary subjects. Moreover, all services are free to the job-seeking candidate.
Teach for America. For high school graduates, they provide room and board and a stipend. For college graduates, there are fully paid teaching positions with benefits. In addition, at the end of two years, you will receive a sum of money (a few years ago it was around $10,000.) which may be used for graduate school or to repay student loans. The deadline for applications is usually in February. Minimum GPA for graduates is 2.5. (The average GPA of those accepted is 3.5). If accepted, many professional schools will defer your acceptance for two years. Also, during the 2-year period, you can have your loans deferred.
The MATCH Corps, a highly selective one-year urban education fellowship, is looking for top-notch seniors who are interested in joining next year’s Corps. To apply, visit their website here.
The MATCH Corps program began in 2004 and is the first of its kind in the nation. The Corps is a group of 135 top recent college graduates who work one-on-one with six to eight MATCH High School, Middle School, or Elementary School students each day for an entire academic year. Corps members live together in apartments nearby the Middle School and Elementary School, and in a dorm on the top floor of the High School. All three schools are open-admission Charter Public Schools in Boston, MA. This full-time service year program is designed to fully close the academic Achievement Gap between minority students and their non-minority peers, one student at a time. Each Corps member works to guarantee the academic success of MATCH students while building personal relationships. Corps members also undertake secondary projects such as serving as teaching assistants, and may also coach teams and power extracurricular programs.
They also offer an optional teacher training program called MATCH Teacher Residency. In MTR, Corps members receive additional training on the weekends with the aim of becoming unusually effective first year teachers in high-poverty schools. Graduates of MTR go on to teach at some of the most highly regarded charter schools in the country and tend to outperform other rookie teachers in the classroom.
A recent graduating English major was able to find an excellent opportunity teaching ESL abroad (with only the BA in English) with the help of a consulting firm called Jeju ESL Consulting.
He writes: “I worked with the very helpful, trustworthy recruiting agency called Jeju ESL Consulting. I’d definitely recommend them; it seems middlemen are the main way of landing something over there.”
The College of Arts & Sciences in Boston does not award academic credit for internship work. However, we certainly permit and support students to participate in internships (whether paid or unpaid) as a way of exploring the world of work and possible career paths. If you need a letter stating this for your potential employer, please visit the Academic Advising office at 100 Bay State Road.
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), a Boston-based nonprofit organization, has unpaid internship positions that may be of interest to English majors. They seek individuals with strong communication skills and an interest in enacting change in the greater Boston community. NOAH is a community development corporation that has been serving East Boston and the surrounding region since 1987. They work with more than 1,800 clients yearly; over 70% of these represent an ethnic minority. They create and maintain affordable housing, and also serve as a catalyst for a variety of important neighborhood initiatives, focused on community service, healthy and safe neighborhoods, and environmental and social justice.
In the course of the year they seek qualified and dedicated students to volunteer in their Fundraising and Communications Department. NOAH states that Interns will experience first-hand how an effective nonprofit operates, and will play a meaningful role in the work NOAH does. Because interns must have excellent communication skills and do a significant amount of writing, this is an opportunity for English majors to transfer their academic skills to a professional setting. NOAH asks that interns volunteer a minimum of one full day a week, or two half days. After reviewing the website, you can contact Linda Miller-Foster by email or at 617-418-8246.