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Internships and Cooperative Education

1.   Who can take an English co-op/internship?
You must be at least a sophomore English major.

If you have a B average in your English courses, you may take the co-op internship for major credit, which means that three of the credits from the internship may be applied towards English major electives.

If you do not have a B average, you can still take an internship for free electives.

Any full-time member of the English Department may supervise your internship.

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 four credits and full-time internships carry eight credits.
3.  How do I begin the process and find an internship?
Contact the CHSS Career Development office and read about the co-op and internship process.
4.  Can I develop my own internship?
Yes, but in order for you to receive credit, the internship must be approved by the English Department. You also must go through the process above to enroll in a co-op 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. The English Department co-op advisor will meet with you to discuss the internship. We want to ensure that the position provides a true learning experience.

5.  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 industry-specific skills
–  building your resume
–  networking for future job searches
–  understanding your own strengths and interests
–  developing professional work habits.

6.  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 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

For any other questions, meet with the CHSS Career Director or contact Melinda Knight.