Career and Graduate School Success After St. John’s

St. John’s College provides a broad education that helps its graduates succeed in diverse careers, from traditional paths to cutting-edge fields. St. John’s graduates thrive in areas like education, business, communication, mathematics, software design, the sciences, health professions, social services, and the arts—often while trailblazing new and creative ways to make an impact. They are leaders, entrepreneurial thinkers, and thoughtful problem-solvers in every occupation, including those they invent.

Meet Some Johnnies

With great teachers like Descartes, Galileo, and Socrates at St. John’s College, students explore the greatest thinkers of all time to gain a competitive advantage in any career.

By the Numbers


Alumni Careers Chart 2018
A recent survey of alumni shows the wide range of career paths followed: education; science, technology, and engineering; healthcare; communications and media; law and government; and management, business, and finance.

Top Career Paths Among Graduates

St. John’s graduates have held such positions as chief of cardiology at New York Veterans Administration Medical Center; vice president of America’s Development Foundation; West Africa correspondent at the New York Times; vice president for research and development at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.; and radio host of “World of Opera.” Many are widely respected and cited for groundbreaking contributions to their chosen professions. Want to learn more? Hear from alumni about how their St. John’s education prepared them for their careers.

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

  • Great Hearts Academies (teaching)
  • Various universities including Johns Hopkins, Cornell, NIH, University of Chicago (research)
  • Peace Corps or other programs like AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Neal R. Gross & Co. (court reporting)
  • Agora Publishing (editors, writers, research)
  • DC Youth Orchestra Program
  • U. S. Naval Observatory
  • Target
  • Martha’s Vineyard Film Society
  • The Young Shakespeare Players
  • Lindamood Bell Learning Processes
  • Arete Wealth Management
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Popular Jobs for St. John’s College Graduates

  • Case manager
  • Research/production assistant
  • Project officer
  • Paralegal
  • Consultant
  • Reporter
  • Research analyst
  • Editorial intern
  • Communications assistant
  • Software developer
  • Pastry cook
  • Military service
  • Riding instructor
  • Sales associate
  • Legal researcher
  • Market research
  • Vet tech

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:


  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design


  • Georgetown University
  • London School of Economics
  • Yale University

Classics/Classical Languages

  • Cambridge University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Oxford University
  • Princeton University

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Brandeis University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Modern Languages/Literature

  • French: University of Paris, The Sorbonne
  • German: Harvard University
  • Japanese: University of New Mexico


  • Juilliard School of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • Peabody Conservatory

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:


Nearly 50 percent of Johnnies participate in 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:

Agriculture and the Environment

  • Keuka Springs Vineyards
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Art and Architecture

  • Martha’s Vineyard Film Society
  • Environmental Protection Agency


  • Arete Wealth Management
  • Creative Conventions and Inventions
  • Azlore Capital


  • Public Charter School Board
  • Smithsonian

Law and Government

  • Consulate General of Georgia
  • Foreign Policy Association

Science and Medicine

  • Neuroscience and Psychology Lab
  • Medicine Technology Innovation Center
  • Laboratory for Developmental Studies

Pathways Fellowships

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


  • 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


  • German, Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany
  • Hebrew, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Chinese, Princeton University, Beijing, China


  • Differential Equations, UC Berkeley, CA


  • Cognitive Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Ecology and Animal Behavior, University of Houston

Social Science and Humanities

  • Introduction to Creative Writing, Boston University, Boston, MA

Career Services and Professional Development

Students at St. John’s have the advantage of the most personalized, student-focused career support of any college in the country. The Career Services Office in Annapolis and the Office of Personal and Professional Development in Santa Fe have open doors for regular meetings with students. The career staff on each campus helps with resumes, cover letters, and interviews, and they run weekly workshops on career and graduate school tips. They bring major employers to campus for meetings with students, match students with funded summer internship opportunities around the world, and connect students to alumni already working in numerous fields.

Current students and alumni are encouraged to contact the career services staff to learn more about internships, job opportunities, professional networking, and applying to graduate schools.

Job Shadowing Program

After a successful pilot program in 2016, St. John’s Career Services has launched a Job Shadowing Program to provide opportunities to spend time with working alumni in a diverse array of fields. Students will have the opportunity to shadow alumni in the spring after the end of the school year, allowing them to explore career options and engage in experiences that will help guide them as they plan for the future.