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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.

Course requirements

  • 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.

Time requirements

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.

Internship placements

Acton Institute – Editing policy papers, other communications

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee – Editing, writing, designing publicity materials

Grand Rapids Business Journal
Editorial Intern – Research, editorial assistance, writing news briefs

Grand Rapids Magazine
Editorial Intern – Research, editorial assistance, writing news briefs

Pine Rest Rehabilitation Services – Publicity releases, newsletter writing and editing

West Michigan Environmental Action Council – Research, newsletter writing and editin

Zondervan Publishing House
Editorial Intern – Manuscript editing, copy editing, overview of editorial process

Zondervan Publishing House
Publicity Intern – Writing/editing news releases, communicating with media organizations

Zondervan Publishing House
Web-Content Intern – Writing and editing materials for the Web