The internship program provides students with the opportunity to complete semester-long internships for academic credit. These internships extend students' classroom experiences by giving them chances not only to apply their academic knowledge but also to learn new workplace skills. In addition, interns complete an online course to communicate with other interns and to reflect on their own experiences. Below are FAQs related to the English Department's internship program, a link to a copy of the application form, and a file describing the fall 2018 placements that are still available.
Download a copy of the fall 2018 internship form, version 2: Internship Application Form
Review the available fall 2018 placements: Internship Position Descriptions
Internships are "on-the-job," semester-long experiences completed with the guidance of two people: a workplace supervisor and a departmental coordinator. During the internship, students spend 8-12 hours per week, as scheduled with their supervisors, working on projects. They also simultaneously complete an online course, ENG 369, Cooperative Education in English I, taught by Dr. Angela Jones, Internship Coordinator.
In the English Department, internships are arranged in consultation with Dr. Jones. To indicate your interest in an internship, complete an Internship Application Form in advance of the semester you would like to intern. For full consideration for internships within the English Department, applications are due to Dr. Jones by the following dates:
While completing internships, students also enroll in an online course, ENG 369. This course is delivered through Blackboard and email and carries three credit hours. ENG 369 helps students reflect on their experiences and discuss them with fellow interns and the Internship Coordinator. The syllabus for the course is posted on TopNet: please review the current semester's syllabus to learn more about the course requirements and deadlines.
To find out more about the kinds of internship experiences possible, see these departmental internship descriptions:
Internships provide opportunities to apply existing skills to new situations and to integrate knowledge about oneself and one's discipline. Several recent studies of college education and its effectiveness in preparing students for the workplace argue that college students need more practice applying the information they learn in the classroom to situations and problems outside of the classroom. Internships help students gain this critical experience.
Demonstrating an ability to use skills outside of an academic setting is especially important as English majors because--although their skills are extremely applicable in most workplaces--graduates may have to "market" themselves more assertively than students in other majors and show prospective employers how any of these "soft skills" apply to specific positions.
Completing an internship also allows students to learn about themselves and what kind of work they find enriching. As one intern wrote in her final report, "Never did I imagine that I would enjoy my internship as much as I did" and "I learned so much about myself, as well as the workplace."
Internships are beneficial to students at all stages of their undergraduate experience. Here are some advantages of completing at internship during different years:
Internships are normally completed during the academic year (fall and spring semesters). In some cases, it is possible to arrange an internship for one of the summer terms; however, it is essential to talk to Dr. Jones well in advance if you are considering a summer placement.
WKU English students have completed a variety of internships at locations both on and off campus. This list highlights some of their experiences:
Editing and publishing:
Regional news correspondent:
Business and industry:
Web editor and writer:
Students are encouraged to develop their own placements with employers or organizations in which they are interested. However, Dr. Jones has established relationships with some organizations and is available to assist with the application process.
It is easy to indicate your interest in becoming an intern--or to apply for a specific departmental placement. Just complete a copy of the Internship Application Form and return it to Dr. Jones, following the instructions on the form.
For full consideration for internships within the English Department, applications are generally due to Dr. Jones by the following dates:
For internship placements students locate themselves, deadlines and application procedures will vary. Students should follow the organization's requirements specifically and contact the organization if they have questions about its process.
Many classes can help prepare you to participate in a workplace environment, as you will in your internship. This list includes classes in the English Department that have assisted previous interns, specifically in completing on-the-job writing and their assignments for ENG 369:
Students interested in completing an internship with a specific organization should check with that organization in advance to see what preparation it requires from its interns. For example, a poetry press will likely want interns to have completed creative writing classes in poetry prior to applying for its internship. A news organization may look for interns with experience and/or coursework in writing and photography in a journalistic style.
Yes. The English Department has created two separate internship courses: ENG 369 and ENG 389. Should students decide to complete a second internship, they may enroll in ENG 389 and earn an additional three hours of course credit.
Previous interns report a great deal of satisfaction with their experiences. in fact, all nine students completing internships between January 2010 and May 2011 agree that they would recommend the experience to a friend who is majoring or minoring in English.
More specifically, here are some of those students' comments on their anonymous final surveys: