Arts, Media, Entertainment,Publishing

Career Center Contacts:

Garry Klein ( and Elise Perea (


This field includes everything from editing/publishing jobs, videography and graphic design, to working in a theatre or as a journalist. 

The most important thing to remember with a creative position is that the salaries may not start as high as business jobs, but they will hopefully be in an environment you love and the work will feel very fulfilling. To enter these fields you will need some experience and to perhaps be familiar with others in the field. We strongly encourage volunteer work, internships (both paid and unpaid) and sending your work out for publication (if writing) while in college so that you have laid a foundation before entering the post-collegiate years.

If you are moving to California we'd like to invite you to join our English Hawkeyes - California Facebook page so you can keep in touch with each other and have a support system.

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Be inspired! Check out the archives of The Daily Iowan (read 1939 as an example). All majors are encouraged to write for The Daily Iowan. There are also opportunities to have a radio show. If you want to learn this writing style take CNW courses. You may also want to double major in Journalism or minor in Mass Communications. The important thing is to be researching, reporting and writing while you are still in school. Check out our videos on the computer in the Career Corner and see alum Michael Roston who works for The New York Times

Creative Writing:

We have graduates writing in all genres around the country. The difficult part is keeping track of them. Remember this when you become an author, please, and keep us updated. Writing full time involves self-discipline, an outside source of income, and being willing to confidently take on assignments that may seem outside your initial comfort zone. We will try to post contacts here as they come to our attention. Your best bet is to get to know your writing instructors, to join a writing organization and to participate fully in the Iowa City writing community.  

Susanne sits at desk writingSusanne Davis offers unpaid internships for her Words on Fire Studio and workshop ventures. 

Susanne’s short stories have been published in many journals including  American Short Fiction, Notre Dame Review, descant, St. Petersburg Review, Zone 3, Carve and numerous others. Her nonfiction has been published in Harvard Magazine, Harvard Law Bulletin and Mothers Always Write, along with many other newspapers and journals. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at Trinity College, and the University of Connecticut.   She also conducts writing workshops at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT, as well as workshops and private consults with writers in her Connecticut home and online. You may read more about her offerings at her website:

To get an MFA or to not get an MFA

Choosing an MFA program

Example of Writing Contests

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A company that hires writers in L.A., California

Video Game Industry:

Get a Master's Degree

Advice from previous student in the industry

VideoGame Company that uses writers

Internship Search Engine

Entry-Level Job Search Engine (be aware that many jobs may not be posted and may be found best through contacts you make at conferences, etc.)

Book Arts:  

Laura Capp (MFA/PhD from University of Iowa) shares about her business


Arts Management or Pubic Relations/Marketing:


Internships in Minneapolis:

Submit plays by July at Theatre Cedar Rapids to win a chance to have them staged as part of the Underground New Play Festival.


Brigid Marshall has made her way in L.A. writing and performing comedy. She shared this tidbit after her visit with us: "I think one thing I might have added is the need for students to develop a 'special skill,' if they intend on truly pursuing a creative passion, writing or otherwise. For example, if they want to write short stories (or fiction, newspaper articles, blogs, what have you) -- it's not going to pay the bills right away, so they need something that allows for a flexible schedule; I would recommend something like learning photoshop, or simple web design, if they don't think they can stomach a job working in sales (ie a day-job). More and more I see the need for skills like that when students come away with degrees like English, which do not have set career paths. Thanks again for having me! Feel free to give my email to students who might find themselves with more questions or want some humor-filled, yet practical advice."​

a red haired woman is smiling into the cameraBrigid Mashall in a commercial 

Possible Places to Check for jobs:

Film internships in Wisconsin

NHN Entertainment USA - Santa Monica, CA

Television internships

Digital Manga

Des Moines Performing Arts

Hasbro in Rhode Island

Possible Faculty Mentors:

Blaine Greteman

Inara Verzemniek

Harry Stecopoulos

Kerry Howley



Please check Hire-a-Hawk for local internships as they continue to have new ones regularly.

Editing and video-related internships at TEGNA in Seattle, WA

Film-related Internships and jobs with Tiny Hero (CA)

Playwriting Internship (Minneapolis)

Theatrical (Eugene O'Neill Theatre)

Shakespeare Theatre Company (Wash DC) Paid Professional Fellowships (post graduation)

New Dramatists Internship  for those in playwriting, management,directing, stage management

Theatre Cedar Rapids (unpaid internships in marketing/PR, production all might be possible, contact them)

Site for Positions in Editing (Media Bistro)

August Home Publishing

ASME Magazine Publishing

Meredith Publishing

Hearst Publishing

Editorial positions around the country (internships)

MIssouri publishing/editing internships near Columbia, MO

Local Long-Standing Internships:

Audio Internship - Prairie Lights Bookstore, academic year

Time: 5 hours per week, average

Tasks: Editing the audio from "Live at Prairie Lights" to prepare it for uploading to the store's website. Additional research projects may be involved.

Supervisor: Lauren Haldeman, Univ College and Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights

Contact: by June for fall start date.

Unpaid, but can be registered for 1 semester hour if desired.


University of Iowa Press Internships:  

The University of Iowa Press has two positions available to students for the academic year beginning in August 17:

Editorial Internship (unpaid internship). The editorial assistant will work 10-12 hours per week, three days a week. This person will work primarily with the director and the acquisitions editors. Typical tasks will include doing inventory, preparing editorial board packets and project transmittal and launch forms, requesting blurbs, tracking complimentary copies, proofreading, photocopying, filing, and helping with other tasks as needed. Students may seek course credit from the English department if they wish. See description in link below for more accurate details.  Applicants should be English majors and University honors or departmental honors or 3.33 GPA or higher. Applications are usually due in March or April.

This is a link to that position information

Marketing Assistant Internship (paid)  will work 12 hours per week, four days a week. This position is listed on Hire-a-Hawk in February. See that for details. Any student can apply for that. 

The 2018 Summer Publishing Internships sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program

Sharpen your writing skills  while exploring the world of publishing, earning course credit-- and building your resume!

Available to all University of Iowa students who have taken at least *one*  CNW course this academic year. 

Applications are due Monday February 19th by 3 p.m. via email to; please use the attached application form (if you are applying to more than one internship, you must fill out a new copy of the form for each internship you are applying) and please include "2018 Summer Internship" in the subject line of your email.

This year's internship locations:

Little Village
Iowa City, IA
Iowa City’s own Little Village is recognized as one of America’s most energetic alternative weekly magazines.  This is your chance to receive mentorship from its award-winning staff  as you develop professional clips.

A Public Space
Brooklyn, NY
A Public Space is recognized as one of America’s most remarkable literary magazines, offering a forum for creativity, tolerance, experiment, and witness. 

Iowa Writers' House

Iowa City, IA

2 positions!  With a mission to provide a place for all writers, Iowa Writers' House offers community workshops, residencies and editing services to the community.  Working as a team, develop and produce original content for the Writers’ House website  — interviews with visiting writers, tips and instructional clips—all to help create even more resources for local writers. 

All of this summer’s internships will take place during the months of June, July or August. The internship schedules are very flexible and can be worked out individually with each publisher or organization. While the internships are unpaid, you will have ample time during the internship to work part-time if necessary, and you can also receive course credit for your work during the internship.

UI students in any year are eligible to apply. Simply make sure that you have taken at least one CNW course during the 2017-2018 academic year. (Some very important fine print: only courses that begin with the letters CNW and taken in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 count toward eligibility. CNW courses taken during other years cannot be applied.)

Email Professor Inara Verzemnieks with any questions:

 The application form is here.  

The Iowa Review (TIR) Internships:

The Iowa Review (TIR), the University of Iowa’s literary magazine, seeks two undergraduate interns for the academic year 2017–18 as part of a partnership with the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU).

Candidates must be University of Iowa undergraduates, have a UI GPA of 3.33 or above, be entering their junior or senior year, and be English majors. They should be detail-oriented, self-starting, and able to work independently, and they should have a strong interest in literary writing, editing, and publishing.

Interns will work 6 hours a week from August 21, 2017, through May 4, 2018 (University breaks not included), and receive a scholarship of $2,000 ($1,000 per semester).

Interns will report to TIR’s managing editor and deputy managing editor. Duties include reading and evaluating submissions; proofreading forthcoming issues of TIR; writing blog and social media posts; working on marketing and publicity projects; representing TIR at local events (e.g., Mission Creek, the Iowa City Book Festival); and assisting with various office tasks, including opening mail and sending out issue orders.

They will be required to take the ICRU’s Mentee Training course and participate in one of the ICRU’s two yearly undergraduate research festivals.

Submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for two references, and up to five pages of creative writing to Questions can also be sent to this e-mail address. In your cover letter, please discuss relevant experience through employment and/or activities; writing and literature classes you have taken; and computer software, design, foreign language, or other skills you possess. Please also note whether you are entering your junior or senior year.

Deadline for application: April 1, 2017.

IceCube Press: They seek highly autonomous interns in unpaid positions once in awhile. Check his page. The owner is alum from English. You will work on a project from start to finish and need to have initiative and be self-directed. He only takes one intern at a time.