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Undergraduate Internships

English majors 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, 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 their major (Junior Year Experiential Learning or JYEL credit is also possible). Internships can count toward your major or as elective credit. Students can receive credit for as many as two internships. 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 approximately 10-15 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 class: ENG 392 English Dept. Internships. See the class description below:

ENG 392, “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.

For information on graduate internships, please see Graduate Internships.

English Department Internships


  • Albert Whitman & Co.
  • Roebling Point Books
  • Featherproof Books
  • Alarm Press
  • Endless Obsession Productions
  • Switchback Books
  • Academy of Chicago Publishers
  • Independent Publishers Group
  • Anaphora Literary Press
  • Triumph Books
  • CCLaP

Research Assistants for Authors

  • Don DeGrazia
  • Barry Silesky
  • John Bresland
  • S.L. Wisenberg
  • Peggy Shinner
  • Eula Biss
  • Alez Kotlowitz
  • Natasha Tarpley
  • Achy Obejas
  • Jonathan Eig
  • Ann Stafford
  • Gioia Diliberto
  • Rebecca Johns-Trissler
  • Zach Dodson
  • Janet Milstein
  • Wendy McClure
  • Tony Trigilio
  • Golda Goldbloom
  • Rebeca Makkai

Literary Organizations

  • Open Books
  • 826CHI
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
  • Dana Kaye Publicity
  • Chicago Literary Alliance
  • Story Studio
  • Young Chicago Authors
  • Chicago Writers Association
  • Words Without Borders
  • Guild Complex

Literary Performance

  • Improv Olympics
  • Pleasuretown Literary Performance
  • Story Club
  • The Encyclopedia Show
  • This Much Is True/Story Lab


  • WGCI Radio
  • Incarcerated Voices Freeform Radio
  • DePaul Writing Center
  • Chicago Mayor's Office
  • React Presents
  • FanFueled
  • Norman e Ventures
  • Orum & Roth Law Firm
  • June Media
  • Prather Ebner Law Firm
  • Tails Pet Media Group
  • Leisure Group Travel
  • BAI
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Kapow Events
  • Knowledge Is Power