Professional writers obtain jobs in many diverse companies and organizations. Some graduates work in documentation. Others work in instructional design, designing training materials or curriculum materials. Some work in marketing communication, editing and publication, graphic design and media, and other professional writing areas. Graduates from the Cedarville professional writing program have little trouble finding jobs, and some graduates have started with salaries of over $60,000 immediately after graduation.
Professional writing graduates work at organizations such as:
- Department of Defense
- JPMorgan Chase
- Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
- Procter & Gamble
Many professional writing graduates also fill important positions at Cedarville University, working as Instructional Communications Designer, Centennial Library PublicServices Technical Coordinator, Marketing Copy Editor, and Assistant Director of Career Services, among others.
During the program, students must complete an internship in the field. Student interns get hands-on experience with a variety of skills including numerous kinds of writing, publishing, editing, event planning and management, graphic and visual design, and more. The professional writing program prepares students not only for whatever work an internship may have, but also for the process of applying and interviewing for jobs and internships.
Students are well-equipped to find, interview for, and complete internships (paid or unpaid) at a variety of organizations. Past students have interned at companies such as Procter & Gamble, The Kohler Company, Northrop Grumman, Greene Memorial Hospital, Dell, LexisNexis, and many other companies and organizations. Students can also fulfill their internship requirement with certain on-campus jobs where they use skills developed in the program, such as the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, career services, information technology, and the marketing department.
For more detailed information about past professional writing jobs and internships, see the Report on Technical Communication at Cedarville.