Internships provide important hands-on experience in a specific work setting and may help students to discover future careers. Employers often favor applicants with internship experience. The English Department offers English majors and English, Journalism, and Professional Writing minors two internships for credit, ENGL 494 Practicum in Journalism and ENGL 495 Practicum in English. Both are supervised practical experiences in approved professional settings. Students are required to complete approximately 160 hours of work involving extensive writing and editing activities. Applications are available from the Chair of the English Department, Dr. Elaine Beilin.
ENGL 494 Practicum in Journalism
A supervised field experience in an approved professional setting such as a newspaper office or radio or television station. A written report on the experience is required. This course is open only to students with a QPA of at least 3.00 in their previous journalism courses. Registration is contingent upon the student finding an instructor able to supervise the practicum.
Prerequisite: ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism, and two of the following: ENGL 331 News Writing, ENGL 335 Feature Writing, ENGL 481 Editorial Workshop in Journalism.
ENGL 495 Practicum in English
A supervised practical experience related to the student's background and interests, with a written report required as part of the work of the course. Open only to students majoring in English, usually in the senior year, who have a QPA of at least 3.00 in their previous English courses and to students minoring in professional writing who have a QPA of at least 3.00 in the other courses required for that minor. Does not fulfill requirements for English major. Arrangements must be made during the semester before the beginning of the practicum and approved by the Chair of the English Department.