English 380: Internships in journalism and publishing
Steps toward Registration in English 380
1. Submit an Intention to Intern form to the English Department before or during advising recess in the semester prior to when you plan to enroll in English 380.
2. Consult your advisor and the English 380 instructor. Attend the organizational meeting during advising recess.
3. Register for English 380 during your normal registration period. Leave some blocks of time in your class schedule so that you can travel to and work at your internship 8-10 hours per week.
Getting an Internship (PDF)
1. Prepare your resume. Models and help are available in Career Development.
2. Go to CalvinLink on the Career Development web page to find the available internships.
3. Search thoroughly using a variety of terms. Search widely and frequently. Keep an open mind about the kind of placement that might meet your needs and teach you about yourself, vocation, and career options.
4. Investigate organizations, businesses, publications on your own. Follow your interests; make contacts. Draw on personal connections for information.
5. Solicit help from the English 380 instructor, but only after you investigate options on your own.
6. Apply & interview. Take this step very seriously. Research the company. Prepare and dress appropriately. Send an email to your English 380 instructor each time you get an interview.
7. Notify your English 380 instructor and Career Development when you have accepted an internship.
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.