English majors engaged in an internship have opportunities to see the value of an English degree beyond the more typical fields of teaching and tutoring. Because practical work experience is a magnet for future employers, students who pursue internships during their undergraduate years are better prepared to enter the job market after graduation. They have the opportunity to develop a clear idea of the kind of work they like or don't like. They gain skills in writing, speaking, working as members of a team, and learning specialized applications. Some recruiters believe that undertaking an internship during college is the smartest step a student can take toward a first job.
Through internships the Department of English hopes to:
- Attract outstanding students to experiences that aid career exploration.
- Foster in students a sense of citizenship.
- Engage students in community service.
- Acquaint employers with quality students from the Department of English.
- Engage alumni in creating opportunities for the next generation of students.
- Create relationships among the Department of English, students, alumni, and community.
To discuss the possibilities of an English internship, see the Department of English Director of Internships: