English 380: Internships in journalism and publishing
Getting an internship
To be considered for an internship, submit an application to the English department receptionist before the advising recess. You must be accepted and meet with the instructor before registering for the course.
The contact person for English 380 is Prof. Hettinga.
ENGL 380 internships are generally unpaid.
- You need to have taken an advanced writing course (Engl 245, 265, 301, etc.) and received a grade of 2.5 or higher.
- You need to have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- You need to have permission of the instructor.
- If you are a senior and you haven't taken an advanced writing course, you should meet with the instructor to discuss your circumstances and goals.
When to take English 380
Most students take it in their senior year after they have taken courses in writing, grammar, or graphics that will equip them for their internships and when they generally feel more free to give the course the extra time it sometimes takes. Then, too, since internships sometimes serve as stepping-stones to jobs, many students prefer to take them as seniors when they are ready to search for jobs.
On the other hand, some students use the internship to explore their sense of vocation. They may, for example, be interested in working for a publishing house, writing for a non-profit organization, or working on a magazine. The internship, then, can give then a sense of the direction that they may want—or may want not—to go.
Plan to spend 8-10 hours per week at the internship site. It will be up to you to set up your work schedule with your internship supervisor. Arrange your class schedule so that you will have time to work at your internship.
Class meeting time
The class meets every other week as a seminar, which means that the students carry considerable responsibility for presentation and discussion. Check the course schedule for the meeting time, which is typically in the evening.