Career Data and Paths

Top Career Paths Among Graduates

St. John’s graduates hold such positions as Opinion Columnist at the New York Times; Medical Director at the National Institutes of Health; Research Professor at Harvard Divinity School; Founder of Miyoko’s Creamery; President of the University of Florida; National Reporter at the Wall Street Journal; Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona; and Co-Founder of Giphy. Learn from our alumni how their St. John’s education prepared them for their careers.

By the Numbers

 

Internships and Fellowships

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St. John’s offers paid internships for all students, paving the way for success in a variety of careers and graduate study.

    • Genevieve DeMajistre

      Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
      Intern

      “I am interested in how scientific observations can be used in areas such as ecological gardening, wildlife conservation, and the rebuilding of ecosystems in ways that help combat climate change.”

    • Apurva Sharma

      Nepal Mediciti Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
      Intern

      “The conversations between the doctors and the patients were fascinating; it felt very professional yet intimate. I realized it is very taxing on both ends to trust someone with your life and to be responsible for someone else’s life. But it is a beautiful exchange.”

    • Kasparas Adomaitis

      Lithuanian Radio and Television, Investigative Journalism Division
      Intern

      “My time at LRT helped me see that a liberal arts education is very useful when pursuing a career in journalism, as it teaches open-mindedness and passion for seeking the truth, which are both beneficial for succeeding in this field.”

    • Chinazor Ike-Njoku

      Harvard University
      Course: Introduction to Psychology

      “I learned a lot about myself, the human brain, general human tendencies, and the power of forming healthy habits.”

 

Alumni Success

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The interdisciplinarity of our curriculum, the skills developed through reading and open discussion of big ideas, and our robust career supports prepared alumni to succeed across professional fields.

    • Lydia Polgreen

      Opinion Columnist
      New York Times

      New York, New York

      “I realized I wanted to look at and question the world just like I did at St. John’s. And to continue my inquiry because the world is open to interpretation. I had to go places and see things for myself.”

    • Salvatore Scibona

      National Book Award Finalist
      Guggenheim Fellow

      New York, New York

      “I am always asking myself if the work I'm doing matters, and if it’s true. Those are Johnnie questions, I find.”

    • Miyoko Schinner

      Founder
      Miyoko’s Creamery

      Nicasio, California

      “At St. John’s, you learn how to learn, and you learn not to be intimidated.”

    • Dr. Michael Fausnaugh

      Research Scientist
      MIT

      Cambridge, Massachusetts

      “Results from the [Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite] mission have the potential to transform humanity's understanding of the Earth and our place in the universe … It is exciting and humbling to be part of this research.”

Profile of   Genevieve DeMajistre (A22)

Genevieve DeMajistre

Institution & Position

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Intern

Experience

Genevieve DeMajistre’s (A22) internship with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) was conducted both online and in person. Her assigned project primarily involved data analysis, and the remote aspect made it easy for her to attend mandatory seminars and optional coding workshops. While physically present, she assisted colleagues with a range of projects, including measuring the heights and widths of specific plant species to calculate biomass across varying conditions during the growing season. DeMajistre’s St. John’s education prepared her well for the experience. “Comprehending the research papers was much like reading the documents from lab,” she says. “After so much critical reading it was easier to identify what was important, what I needed to be able to define, [and] the consequences of what was being said.” She was drawn to the internship for data analysis, but her interest has since broadened to include setting up experiments, constructing their sites, and collecting data.

Profile of   Apurva Sharma (A23)

Apurva Sharma

Institution & Position

Nepal Mediciti Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Intern

Experience

Apurva Sharma (A23) interned under Dr. Prakash Paudel at one of Nepal’s leading hospitals for neuroscience, where she shadowed physicians in consultations and daily rounds, entered data during out-patient consultancies, worked with other interns to create discharge reports, and attended weekly presentations, among other tasks. Her multidisciplinary St. John’s education inspired her to look at scientific topics from different points of view. “I kept being drawn to ask questions regarding the mind through a more spiritual lens and comparing that to the doctors’ technical idea of the brain,” she says. “Engaging in this sort of speculative dialogue only made me more inquisitive about how the human mind works.” Viewing CT scans and MRIs, Sharma says, “felt strange for some reason. Perhaps because I’ve been engaging in the idea of the mind as a metaphysical one.” She found the internship experience “transformative in all respects,” and it it reinforced her desire to work in neuroscience while providing a glimpse into the day-to-day life of health professionals.

Profile of   Kasparas Adomaitis (A23)

Kasparas Adomaitis

Institution & Position

Lithuanian Radio and Television, Investigative Journalism Division

Intern

Experience

A concern for political transparency and freedom of the press in his home country led Kasparas Adomaitis (A23) to intern at the investigative journalism division of Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT). Working within a team of five, he helped conduct, write, and present a range of investigations, one of which involved perusing the state archives to uncover how certain Lithuanian state property was privatized after the fall of the Soviet Union. For another, Adomaitis made English translations of ongoing investigations to be shared with foreign media outlets. “My most memorable project was investigating the migration networks of people from the Middle East through Belarus into Lithuania,” he says. “I interviewed Kurdish migrants who had crossed the Lithuanian border into detention centers.” He appreciated the welcoming support his of his mentors and notes that “having always found it difficult to find a career path that would genuinely interest me, this internship made me realize that I could pursue journalism and be good at it.”

Profile of   Chinazor Ike-Njoku (SF23)

Chinazor Ike-Njoku

Institution & Field of Study

Harvard University

Course: Introduction to Psychology

Experience

Chinazor Ike-Njoku’s (SF23) desire to pursue a career in psychology was reinforced when she took a seven-week intensive course at Harvard, which has one of the nation’s top programs. Introduction to Psychology led by neuropsychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Phelps, encompassed the history of the discipline and current studies on a range of subfields. Ike-Njoku has always had a passion for mental health. “Having grown up and lived with several people who suffer(ed) from mental health disorders, I developed an interest in how the brain functions and how certain attitudes and behaviors can alter its functioning for better or worse,” she says. In addition to convening twice a week on Zoom, she and her classmates participated in ethical psychological research studies. Ike-Njoku felt well-prepared by her St. John’s education to tackle the course’s challenges and noted: “My professor commended my critical-thinking skills and my ability to proceed from fact to judgment. I could not have imagined a better summer.”

Profile of   Lydia Polgreen

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Lydia Polgreen

Job & Location

Opinion Columnist, New York, New York

About

Lydia left the New York Times in 2017 to be editor in chief of HuffPost, leading a team of hundreds of journalists publishing 16 editions across the globe in nine languages. She returned to the Times in 2022.

At the Times she served as deputy international editor and bureau chiefs for West Africa, South Asia, and Johannesburg—and received the 2006 George Polk Award for foreign reporting and the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting. In early 2020, she left HuffPost to become head of content at Gimlet Media, an award-winning narrative podcasting company.

Accomplishments

  • 15 years as New York Times award-winning journalist
  • Three years as Editor-in-chief of HuffPost
  • 2006 George Polk Award for foreign reporting
  • 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting

Further Study

MS in Journalism, Columbia University

Profile of   Salvatore Scibona

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Salvatore Scibona

Job & Location

Novelist, humanities nonprofit director, New York, New York

About

A 2008 National Book Award finalist and author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Volunteer and The End, Salvatore Scibona (SF97) serves as the director of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. As director, he cultivates and supports the work of internationally renowned writers and thinkers and creates programming that enriches the broader NYPL community. As a novelist, he continues to write exceptional works of fiction.

Accomplishments

  • Young Lions Fiction Award, New York Public Library, 2009
  • National Book Award Finalist, for The End, National Book Foundation, 2008
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Creative Writing, U.S.-Italian Fulbright Commission: Rome and Catania, Italy, 1999–2000
  • Selection of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” fiction writers, 2010
  • Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts and Letters, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2019
  • Ohioana Book Award for The Volunteer, 2020

Further Study

MFA, Fiction Writing, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa

Profile of   Miyoko Schinner

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Miyoko Schinner

Job & Location

Founder, Miyoko’s Creamery, Nicasio, California

About

During her long career as a vegan baker, chef, cookbook author, and entrepreneur, Miyoko Schinner (A79) has revolutionized the vegan food industry; most recently by bringing vegan cheese into the mainstream with the award-winning vegan food company she founded and runs, Miyoko’s Creamery. “We’re not a company with a mission, we’re a mission with a company,” she says. “I am trying to revolutionize the food system to create a world that is more equitable and just, not only for humans but for all living beings.”

Accomplishments

  • Author of six cookbooks, including Artisan Vegan Cheese and The Homemade Vegan Pantry—The Art of Making Your Own Staples
  • Forbes 50 Over 50 member

Profile of   Dr. Michael Fausnaugh

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Michael Fausnaugh

Job & Location

Research scientist, Cambridge, Massachusetts

About

Michael Fausnaugh (SF11) is an astronomical researcher advancing the frontier of our understanding of planet formation, supernovae, and strong gravity environments around black holes. Fausnaugh currently works on NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), planning observations, monitoring instrument performance, and assuring the quality of TESS data released to the public. “Results from the TESS mission have the potential to transform humanity’s understanding of the Earth and our place in the universe,” he says. “It is exciting and humbling to be part of this research and to enable the astronomical community to pursue these questions.”

Accomplishments

  • NASA Silver Achievement Medal for the TESS Mission, September 2019
  • OSU Markowitz Award for Excellence in Observational Astronomy 2016–2017
  • OSU Graduate School Presidential Fellow 2016–2017 

Further Study

MS and PhD in Astronomy, Ohio State University

What Do Employers Say About the Johnnies They’ve Hired?

 

Where do alumni go after St. John's?

 

Alumni Success Career Paths Data Graph 2020
A recent survey of alumni shows the wide range of career paths followed.

 

Alumni Success Sectors Data Graph 2020
Johnnies enter all four of the job market's main sectors in remarkably similar numbers.

Internships

Approximately half of Johnnies are awarded St. John’s-funded internships. The offices of Career Services and Personal and Professional Development help match students to the right internship for them, made possible by significant funding from the Hodson and Ariel internship programs. Participating businesses and organizations include:

Law and Government

  • US House of Representatives
  • US State Department
  • Library of Congress
  • Foreign Policy Association
  • Hudson Institute
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • The African Union
  • Consulate General of Georgia
  • New Mexico State Legislature
  • Maryland State Legislature

Higher Education

  • Cornell University
  • Tulane University
  • UT Austin, Department of Classics
  • University of Chicago, Graham School
  • Bard College
  • Notre Dame
  • American Academy for Liberal Education
  • University of Chicago
  • University of New Mexico
  • Columbia University
  • University of California, Berkeley

Business

  • Balbec Capital
  • Arete Wealth Management
  • Creative Conventions and Inventions
  • Azlore Capital
  • Thornburg Investment Management
  • New Mexico State Pensions Fund
  • Saturna Capital

Science and Medicine

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • NASA
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Cedars Sinai
  • University of New Mexico Medical School
  • Georgetown University Hospital
  • University of Colorado’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics
  • University of Chicago’s Institute for Mind and Biology
  • UC Berkeley Neuroscience Institute
  • USC’s Virtue Ideology & Morality Lab
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Wetlands Institute
  • Audubon Society
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
  • Historic London Towns and Gardens
  • US Naval Observatory
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Los Alamos National Labs
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
  • Albuquerque BioPark
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Arts and Media

  • NPR
  • National Geographic
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • NYU Press
  • Green Lion Press
  • University of New Mexico Press
  • Princeton University Press
  • Classical Academic Press
  • RadioFree Europe
  • Martha’s Vineyard Film Society
  • NBC Dateline
  • American Shakespeare Center
  • New York Youth Symphony
  • Travis Price Architects
  • Creative Santa Fe
  • Chatauqua Institution
  • Site Santa Fe
  • Center for Contemporary Art
  • Art School of the Berkshires

Public Policy and Social Good

  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • United Nations Development Program
  • City of Hope
  • ACLU’s National Prison Project
  • DC Public Defenders Office
  • North Star Criminal Defense
  • New Mexico Literacy Project
  • Seeds of Peace
  • Witness for Peace
  • Amnesty International
  • Heifer International

Where Do Students Work After Graduating from St. John’s?

  • Google
  • Ancestry.com
  • Audible
  • Botanic Technologies
  • TerrAvion
  • United States Naval Observatory
  • Los Alamos National Labs
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Santa Fe Institute
  • Arete Wealth Management
  • Balbec Capital
  • Saturna Capital
  • Thornburg Investment
  • LongView Asset Management
  • New Mexico State Pension Fund
  • MD Anderson
  • Los Angeles Children’s Hospital
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • New York Public Library
  • Site Santa Fe
  • Capitol Hill
  • United States Senate
  • United States House of Representatives
  • Maryland State House
  • New Mexico Roundhouse
  • New Mexico Department of Education
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • PBS
  • New York Times
  • NPR
  • Bloomberg News
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Fox News
  • CBS News
  • ABC News
  • The New Yorker
  • Reuters
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • HuffPost
  • National Review
  • Great Hearts Academies
  • The Key School
  • Santa Fe Prep
  • Maryland Public Schools
  • New Mexico Public Schools
  • Meow Wolf
  • Gerald Peters Galleries

Popular Jobs for St. John’s College Graduates

  • Neuroscientist
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Psychologist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Professor of History
  • Professor of Literature + Classics
  • Professor of Law
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Legislator / Politician
  • Speechwriter
  • Chief-of-Staff
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Strategist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Founder + CEO
  • Nonprofit Founder
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • School Founder
  • Principal / Headmaster
  • Educator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Fine Artist
  • Winemaker / Vintner
  • Author
  • Filmmaker / Documentarian
  • Media Producer
  • Journalist
  • Web Developer
  • Content Strategist
  • Gallery Owner / Founder
  • Museum Administrator
  • Historian
  • Scholar
  • Public Intellectual
  • Political Writer / Analyst
  • Writer + Editor
  • Communications Professional
  • Science + Technology Researcher
  • Data Researcher + Analyst
  • Computational Analyst

Advanced Degrees After St. John’s

St. John’s graduates don’t just pursue advanced degrees at high rates—they pursue them at the highest level. Recent colleges and universities where students have matriculated include:

Law and Government

  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Chicago
  • New School for Social Research
  • University of Texas

Languages and Literature

  • Cambridge
  • Oxford
  • Princeton University
  • University of Paris, The Sorbonne
  • Harvard University
  • University of London
  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • Emory University
  • University of Iowa
  • Middlebury
  • University of California, Berkeley

STEM

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • CalTech
  • MIT
  • Stanford
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic University
  • Tulane University
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • University of California, Davis
  • George Mason University
  • Brandeis University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Bryn Mawr
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cal State Polytechnic Institute

Business Administration

  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania :Wharton School of Business
  • Thunderbird: the Garvin School of Global Management
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of New Mexico: Anderson School

Theology and Philosophy

  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Notre Dame
  • Catholic University of America
  • Baylor University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Toronto
  • Boston College

Arts, Architecture and Media

  • American Film Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Southern California
  • New York University
  • Yale School of Drama
  • Julliard School of Music
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • New England Conservatory
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Ecole de Beaux-Arts
  • London International School of Performing Arts
  • Sotheby’s Institute
  • Pratt

Pathways Fellowships

Pathways Fellowships fund students who wish to take additional coursework in the summers. In recent years, that includes:

Language

  • German, Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany
  • Hebrew, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Chinese, Princeton University, Beijing, China
  • Latin, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Japanese, Middlebury College, Vermont

Mathematics

  • Differential Equations, UC Berkeley, CA
  • Linear Algebra, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Science

  • Cognitive Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Ecology and Animal Behavior, University of Houston
  • Introduction to Modeling, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Social Science and Humanities

  • Introduction to Creative Writing, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • The British Novel from 1870, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

Arts

  • Summer Core Art Program, Marchutz Academy, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Documentary Film Making, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Basic Woodworking, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME

Business

  • Business Analytics, Harvard Business School
  • Financial Accounting, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania
  • Economics for Managers, Harvard Business School

Awards and Fellowships

From the Fulbright to the Rhodes, St. John’s students are among the top recipients of awards and fellowships in the country. Past scholarships and fellowships include:

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