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Internships in English

Your skills in English prepare you for a wide range of jobs, and majors are encouraged to seek out internships in many different fields. Internships can help you figure out your career goals and prepare you for important decisions ahead. They provide valuable networking opportunities, pre-professional experience, and substantial enhancement to a resumé. Students who are declared English majors have access to a variety of internship experiences. They can propose external internships and apply for internal internships offered exclusively through the English Department. They can also arrange a teaching internship with a member of the English Department faculty. You should speak with an advisor or one of your professors for help in finding a suitable and rewarding internship.

External internships

Students are encouraged to approach potential organizations and businesses outside of the English Department about external internships. See here for a list of previous external internships and current faculty recommendations; you’ll find opportunities in law offices, advertising agencies, radio and television stations, newspapers, and public-relations firms, among others. Arts and Sciences Career Services (http://ascs.indiana.edu/), 625 N. Jordan (812-855-5234), also maintains external internship listings through its Career Link service. External internships can be taken at any time, but since they often involve work away from campus, most students pursue them during the summer term and very often in or near their hometowns.

Credit for External internships

The English major whose external internship involves skills appropriate to the English Program may qualify for academic credit in English Y398: Professional Practice in English. The number of credits (1-6 hours) is dependent on the work requirement of the internship (3 credit hours is worth approximately 150 hours per term or 10 hours of work per week). Y398 is graded S/F, and it is repeatable once for a total of six hours. To be eligible, the English major must have completed 12 credit hours in English at the 200-level or above, including L260, must be in good academic standing, and must have the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English.

Credit for Y398 is arranged only in advance of the internship activity. An application for credit requires a description of the internship activity submitted by the employer and identification of the person responsible for supervising the activity. Students are required to keep a reflective journal throughout the internship, to be checked by the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the middle and end of the semester. The grade is awarded only after receipt of an evaluation form completed by the internship supervisor and an internship report prepared by the student. If you are interested, email a letter of application and the provider’s description of the internship to: IU English Internship Program, Department of English, c/o Jody Hays (johays@indiana.edu).

Internal internships

Internal internships are coordinated through the Department of English and awarded competitively. English majors are notified of specific opportunities in advance of the deadline for each competition and must submit a letter of application and supporting materials for each internship in which they are interested.

Teaching internships

Teaching internships provide opportunities to participate in planning a course and lecturing or leading classroom discussion. To apply, a student must first approach a familiar faculty member and make a proposal — typically, though not necessarily — for a course the student has already taken with that instructor.

Credit for all internal and teaching internships

The English major awarded an internal or teaching internship is eligible to enroll for 1-3 hours of credit in English L498: Internship in English. The course is graded S/F, and is repeatable once. A total of three credit hours in L498 may count toward the major; these credits do not count toward distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. The English major must have at least a 3.0 College and major GPA, must have completed 12 credit hours in English at the 200-level or above, including L260, at the time the internship begins, and must have the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English. Students are required to keep a reflective journal throughout the internship, to be checked by the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the middle and end of the semester. The final grade for L498, S/F, is awarded only after receipt of an evaluation form completed by the internship supervisor and an internship report prepared by the student. (In the case of students who receive Honors College internship grants, this report may be a copy of the report required by the Honors College.)

Internship Grants

Students awarded IU editorial or teaching internships can compete for teaching and non-teaching internship grants from the English Department's Culbertson fund ($300 maximum) and the Hutton Honors College. Information about the Culbertson grant opportunity will be available through Undergraduate Studies in English after internship selections are confirmed. Information and application forms for the Hutton Honors College Grant are available at http://www.indiana.edu/~iubhonor/hds/pei.php. Recipients of these grants are required to submit a report on the internship experience to the appropriate funders at the end of the term. Students selected for summer 2016 internships must submit completed applications for Hutton Honors grants by Friday, March 11, 2016. Students selected for fall 2016 internships must submit completed applications for Hutton Honors grants by Friday, March 25, 2016.