English Student Opportunities

We offer students a wide range of learning opportunities outside the classroom.

We also pride ourselves on our students’ achievements, many of which are recognized with our annual department awards, including awards for:

  • outstanding first-year essays
  • excellent research projects in upper-division courses
  • outstanding graduation portfolio


In addition to the general scholarships at WSU, students in the English programs can apply for many scholarships from the WSU Foundation.

Apply for WSU Foundation Scholarships

You can also earn money for your original creative work through the Winona Prize in Creative Writing, an annual contest that awards a $1,500 prize to one student writer in each genre of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

The 3 winners are also featured in that year’s edition of Satori.

Campus Clubs & Organizations

If you love to read and write, the student club Winona Wordsmiths is calling your name.

For any film enthusiasts, we recommend the WSU Film Club. This organization is just one more way you can take your passion for film outside of the classroom. 


Internships provide hands-on professional experience in whatever your desired field is—whether that be publishing, education, business, film production, government, or non-profit organizations.

Past students have interned at a variety of organizations and companies like Vector Marketing, Winona Post, Habitat for Humanity, Green Mill, and more.

You could find yourself interning as a:

  • Print and Web Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Content Editor
  • Marketing Manager

We encourage English students to complete internships while studying at WSU to expand on their skills, stand out in the job market, and earn more credits towards their degree. 

Work with your English Department adviser and other faculty members to help arrange your internship.

Arts & Culture

Winona is rich with arts and culture all year round.

Writing & Literature

If you are interested in reading, writing, and other English-related topics, these opportunities might be for you.


If you are interested in film, these are some great ways to get more involved and gain experience in the field. 

Contact the English Department 
Department of English
Minné 304

Office Hours

Monday–Friday: 8:30am-4pm

Summer hours may vary

Ann-Marie Dunbar
Department Chair, Professor


Email Ann-Marie Dunbar
Claudia Richard
Office Manager


Email Claudia Richard