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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.