Internships and Cooperative Education
1. Who can take an English coop/internship?
You must be at least a sophomore English major.
If you have a B average in your English courses and submit a writing sample which is approved, you may take the Coop internship for major credit which means that 3 of the credits from the internship may be applied towards English major electives or, with approval, journalism minor electives.
If you do not have a B average, you can still take an internship for free electives.
2. When are internships offered?
Internships are available for the duration of the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Part-time internships (20 hours a week) usually carry 4 credits and full-time internships carry 8 credits.
3. How do I begin the process?
No later than mid-semester during the semester BEFORE you want to enroll in an coop/internship course, go to the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education office, 337 Morehead Hall, and watch the power point presentation, “Who We Are—Cooperative Education” and complete the on-line Coop application. Then you can set up an appointment with Beverly Ververs, CHSS Director of Career Services, by speaking with the Center receptionist or calling 973-655-5194.
4. How do I find an internship?
There is a listing of employers and internship position descriptions that you will have access to via our on-line internship management system, Place Pro, after your resume is approved on your Place Pro account. If you are interested in a position, you click the "apply" box. The CHSS Director of Career Services then screens your resume against the position requirements to see if you are a good match for what the employer is looking for. If so, your resume is forwarded to the employer who makes the ultimate decision.
5. Can I develop my own internship?
Yes, but in order to receive credit, the internship must be approved by the English Department. You also must go through the process above to enroll in a Coop English course.
If you have found an internship online or through connections you might have, the employer will have to write a letter detailing the duties and tasks you will be responsible for during the internship and must complete a Student Developed Position form. An English Department Coop advisor, Dr. Rita Jacobs or Dr. Daniel Bronson will meet with you to discuss the internship. We want to ensure that the position provides a true learning experience.
6. Why should I take an internship?
There are many answers to this question including:
- getting a head start on your career and building marketability
- helping to sort out what kind of career you might want
- gaining saleable, industry specific skills
- building your resume
- networking for future job searches
- understanding your own strengths and interests
- developing professional work habits.
Interns also are increasingly offered jobs by the employers who hired them as interns. “According to the *National Association of Colleges and Employers* (NACE) 2008 Experiential Education Survey, Marilyn Mackes NACE'S Executive Director said, ‘Employers say they extended job offers to nearly 70 percent of their interns; in 2001, they offered jobs to 57 percent.’"
Studies have shown that students who take advantage of internships while at university have a better chance of getting jobs they want when they leave because employers often seek “real world” experience in new hires.
7. What kinds of jobs do English interns get?
Some of our recent internships have included such varied positions as:
Editorial Intern at People magazine
Copy Desk Assistant at The Star Ledger
Public Affairs Intern at MTV, Creative Services Intern at MTV
Corporate Communications Intern at Prudential Financial
Editorial Assistant at Woman First magazine
Editorial Intern at PBS
Cub Reporter at The Herald News
Intern at Xanga.com:The Blogging Community
Web Intern at Marvel Comics
Mobile web intern at Comedy Central
Publicity intern at Sony Music
Editorial intern at Oxygen Network
Intern at Dan Rather Reports, NBC News. . .and many more
8. If I have a friend who is not an English major but wants an internship, what should she do?
If her major is in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, she can follow the same information given above, but she will probably enroll in The Professional Semester course rather than the English Cooperative Education course. The appropriate course will be determined in consultation with the CHSS Director of Career Services.
If she is not in CHSS, each of the Colleges on campus has its own Director of Career Services and she should first go to the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education office, 337 Morehead Hall, and watch the power point presentation, “Who We Are—Cooperative Education” and then make an appointment with the Director of Career Services in her College.