Applying for an Internship

Two related but distinctly different tasks define this process: getting a job, either with or without pay,  and getting academic credit for work done on this job.

Finding a Job

The English Department does not maintain an inventory of internships, and most of the people earning English 450 credit do so in positions they have secured on their own.

From time to time, however, the department does receive queries from businesses, professional firms, government agencies, media outlets, institutions, and organizations who seek interns who are English majors, and these opportunities are publicized on the English Major Distribution List.

If you do not already have position that will qualify for English 450 credit; the English Internship Coordinator will try to help you find an appropriate position. After you have found an internship that interests you, it is up to you to officially apply for the position. The application process is comparable to that of applying for a professional position. You will apply for such positions directly.

 

Academic Credit

English 450 is an individually arranged course for an academic project cooperatively arranged with the student's employer.  You may repeat the course for up to six hours of credit. Internship credit on your transcript is a very useful credential.

You may officially enroll for internship or coop credit through the English Department by registering for English 450, Cooperative Internship in English Studies (1-3 credits)--a process very much like taking an independent study course. Registration for this course requires the written endorsement of the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Ann Elizabeth Willey, who will be the course instructor.  Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript and a copy of your current resume when you first meet with Dr. Willey.  You will also need to fill out a Professional Practice Health Insurance form.