English Graduate Programs

Graduate Professional Internships

Grad Internships

MAE and MAWP students can qualify for a variety of internships, receiving significant on-the-job experience in such areas as research, writing, editing, publishing, law, corporate communications, non-profit work, and library science. Students have worked with book publishers, literary agencies, magazines, museums, in public relations, theater, and TV; they have also worked as research assistants with poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, and professors on various book projects. Please contact Prof. Chris Green, Director of Internships, cgreen1@depaul.edu for more information.

Most internships are non-paying, though some offer a stipend. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can receive as many as 4 hours of credit toward your degree. Students might locate an internship on their own or receive assistance from Professor Green. Professor Green will send students emails about quarterly internship opportunities. To receive credit, your internship will need to consist of substantive work (i.e. editing, writing, reading, etc., and requires approximately10-15 hours of week for ten weeks or 100-150 hours).

Once Professor Green has approved your internship for credit, you register by sending him your Student ID #; he will initiate the registration process. You will be registering for an online course: ENG 509 English Dept. Internships. See the class description below:

ENG 509, “Internship in English,” is a four-credit online course designed to compliment your English course of study along with your internship experience (100 hours of internship work). Using literature, film, and career guides, the class explores both academic and pragmatic aspects of work. We will analyze definitions of and strategies for career success, what makes work meaningful, the positive and negative power of technology in the workplace, and issues of ethics and social justice for employers and employees. Most practically, we will explore current career opportunities for English graduates and reflect on your ideal career paths, ask you to create job-finding strategies, and improve your resume and cover letter writing along with your interviewing skills. Ultimately, we will relate our readings and discussions to your internship and apply what we learn to your future career. There is no pre-requisite or prior knowledge needed to take this course.

Two-Year College Teaching Internships

Teaching internships are designed to help familiarize talented and mature graduate students with the challenges, responsibilities, and rewards of college teaching. As interns, students will attend their course regularly, shadow the faculty member from the planning stages through the completion of the course, and assist in instruction and assessment.

Teaching internships are designed to provide teaching experience to students who plan to apply for adjunct positions or full-time employment after they complete their degrees. To be competitive for a teaching internship, students should have completed either ENG 474 Teaching Literature or ENG 480 Teaching Writing and must be in their second year of study. A maximum of four quarter hours of ENG 509 Internship may be applied to the forty-eight quarter hours required for the MAE or MAWP degree.

Before applying for an internship, please consult with Dr. Goffman about how the internship will fit into your academic program. Then you may submit the following:

Cover letter explaining your interest in the internship program.

Curriculum vitae (résumé).

Sample of writing (such as a class paper).

Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. 

For more information, please contact Carolyn Goffman.