On-campus internships that may earn academic credit in English (subject to departmental approval) include serving as an editor for the student literary publication Red Clay or for the new e-journal for student writing, a writing tutor in the Academic Resource Center, a creative writing intern with the Creative Writing Program, a writing intern with the department, an assistant for the Writers Series, a research assistant in the department or in the library, or a student liaison with the VCCA.
Off-campus internships that may earn academic credit in English (subject to departmental approval) include various other positions typically involving the application of knowledge and skills in composition, language and literature in fields such as publishing, journalism, radio and television, advertising and public relations. Businesses, government agencies, law offices and other professional firms also at times accept students with excellent composition skills as interns. Academic credit in communications, rather than in English, may be appropriate for some internships.
Prerequisites vary according to the nature of the internship but usually consist of at least one 200-level course relevant to the internship, at least two writing-intensive courses, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major. Writing internships within the department are available only for eligible junior and senior English or English and creative writing majors who meet the prerequisites described below for teaching internships. Internship proposals must be approved by the faculty sponsor, the department chair, the student's advisor, and the Dean of the College.
Teaching internships under the direct supervision of faculty from the English department are available only for eligible English or English and creative writing senior majors interested in teaching. Guidelines are available from the English department. Prerequisites: a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the major; a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; approval of the internship proposal by the faculty sponsor, the department chair, the student's advisor, and the Dean of the College.
Career Services has extensive resources on internships, academic and non-academic, including reports on various internships from student interns and supervisors. You may also contact Professor Cheryl Mares, chair of the English department, or Professor Nell Boeschenstein, interim director of the Creative Writing Program, for more information.