Internship Program: Graduate Students
Whether you are a new, weathered, or prospective graduate student, there is an abundance of internship opportunities available to you! The English Department boasts an excellent array of rigorous, professional, and intriguing internships. Internship areas include – but are by no means limited to – supervised college teaching; community literacy; teaching English as second/foreign language; editing and publishing; grant-writing and research; online course development and editing; and public education. As a graduate student (regardless of concentration or program), you may count up to 6 internship credits towards your degree.
Internship Definition (courtesy of CSU’s Career Center):
An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives. (Definition formulated in May 2010 by internship professionals subscribed to the Internship-Net listserv.)
At CSU, qualified English graduate students are offered for-credit opportunities to explore possible career paths before graduation. At least 80% of the intern’s duties should be directly related to his/her degree work and career objectives.
Interns will be assessed for tuition and fees just as they are for academic credits.
Basic Criteria for Students Wishing to Register for Internship Credits (E687A-M):
- Must be a CSU English graduate student enrolled in one of the English Department programs.
- Graduate students must have minimum cumulative GPAs of 3.0.
- Must have academic advisor’s and internship coordinator’s approval, with required documents signed by intern, internship supervisor, and internship coordinator.
Credits and Registration Policies for Internships:
- All interns may expect to do approximately 48 hours of work for each credit hour earned, and all will be assigned a grade of “Satisfactory,” “Unsatisfactory,” or “Incomplete.”
- All interns should be aware of applicable tuition rates and fees assessed for internship credits. Internship credits are assessed the same as academic credits.
- All students should consult their advisors regarding verification of the number of credits they may count toward graduation.
Why do an Internship?
An academic internship at the graduate level offers students myriad ways to not only explore possible career options but to apply their knowledge and skill sets in environments that are challenging and professional. Whether you are interested in a career in teaching/education, publishing, or non-profit work, the internships available to graduate students through the English Department Internship Program are demanding, exciting, and rewarding ; experiences that will meet your own expectations as a graduate student intern. Employers often prefer to work with graduate students, recognizing the higher level thinking and aptitude students at this level can bring to an internship.
From UC Berkley’s Career Center:
Internships can play a crucial role in graduate student professional development. They provide valuable experience for graduate students, and can be beneficial in multiple ways. An internship offers an opportunity to gain relevant experience, and to get a realistic perspective on what it is like to work within a given field. If you decide to seek employment in your internship area, employers know you are making an informed choice, rather than a last-ditch, “anything other than academia” leap.
Not only are internships valuable in terms of skill development, another key advantage is that you can gain an insider perspective of the profession. This kind of exposure to the field can make the difference between being regarded as a viable candidate, as opposed to an enthusiastic, yet relatively uninformed applicant.
Employers place a high value on relevant skills and work experience. The 2012 Student Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that graduates who completed paid internships were more likely to receive job offers than those without internship experience. (“Graduate Students & Internships, The Learning Edge”, 2015).
How do I get started?
If you are interested in completing an internship through the CSU English Department Internship Program, please read through the criteria listed below to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications. Then complete the internship application (can be found on the internships home page) and return it to Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu. The IC will then review your application. If you qualify, you will set up a meeting with the IC to further discussion your internship interests, career goals, and available internships for a given semester. Internships are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
- Internship Guidelines Explanation
- If you are interested in earning academic credit for an internship, please complete the Internship Application Form and return it to Mary Hickey at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu
Will the Internship Coordinator find and secure my internship for me?
No, once you have been accepted into the internship program, the IC will provide a list of available internships for a given semester; however, it is your responsibility to apply directly to the employer(s) offering the position. Some employers require an interview following successful submission and review of application materials which may include a resume, cover letter, and writing samples. In addition, it is recommended that you do some of your own searching for internships that are not on this list, as you may find one that better suits your career goals and interests. Moreover, this offers an excellent opportunity for you to practice your job searching skills.
The Center for Literary Publishing Internship
One of our featured and prominent graduate internships in the department is with the Center for Literary Publishing. This internship is offered on a regular basis and interns can earn academic credit. Read a features blog post about this internship here: http://english.colostate.edu/news/learn-more-about-the-center-for-literary-publishing-internship/
Learn more about this internship and how to apply here: http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/about/graduate-student-internship/
Also check out this recent Publisher’s Weekly nod to the CSU MFA program and the CLP internship: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/mfa/article/65875-spring-2015-m-f-a-update-m-f-a-programs-to-watch.html
Where former interns have been hired:
- Oxford University Press
- Interweave Press
- Utne magazine
- Unbridled books
- The Quilter’s Newsletter
- Windows IT Pro magazine
- Radio Resource magazine
- Security Software
- Berklee School of Music
- Viking Books
- Buckle Down Publishing
- Pearson Educational Measurement
- Houghton Mifflin
- Taylor & Francis
- Juice Communications
- Sierra Trading Post
- IEEE Computer Society
- Curriculum Associates
- Kaplan Financial
- UC Berkley’s Townsend Center for the Humanities
- Independent Publishing Resource Center
- Texan Dept. of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
- Coffee House Press
- The Sun magazine
- Advanced Energy
- Reputation Defender
- Style magazine
- 303 magazine
Other CSU & Off-Campus Internships:
Some examples of past and current internships completed by and available to English graduate students through the English Department include:
- Literacy through Prose and Poetry: http://creativewriting.colostate.edu/2014/04/surprising-questions-teaching-poetry-to-4th-graders/
- The Community Literacy Center: https://csuclc.wordpress.com/
- Intensive English Program/INTO CSU: http://iep.colostate.edu/
- The Writing Center: http://writingcenter.colostate.edu/
- Greyrock Review: http://greyrockreview.colostate.edu/
- Supervised College Teaching in Composition and Creative Writing: http://english.colostate.edu/grad/funding-opportunities/
There are also many excellent on and off-campus internships available, and some are offered on a fairly regular basis. Some examples are:
CSU On-Campus Internships:
- CSU Alumni Association
- CSU’s The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT)
- CSU’s Parking and Transportation Services
- CSU’s Harshorn Health Center
- Bloomsbury Review
- Bailiwick Press
- Poudre River Library District
- Ruminate magazine
- Trees, Water, People
- High Country News
Graduate Internship Numbers & Titles:
E687A-Teaching College English
E687E-Teaching ESL, K-12
E687H-Teaching ESL, Adult Learning
E687I-ESL Supervision & Administration
E687J-Arts Administration in Literature
E687L-Computers & Writing
E687M-Writing and Editing for Specific Purposes
Currently Available Internships: There are many excellent internship opportunities available each semester. Click here for a list of current internships
Other Internship Resources:
- CSU Career Center – they have career counselors who can help with your internship and career searches, resume and cover letter creation and editing, etc. They also have an excellent and continually updated jobs and internships board – http://career.colostate.edu/.
- InternMatch – https://www.internmatch.com/
- CLA Central – http://central.colostate.edu/
- Internships.com – http://www.internships.com/student
- Learn How to Become – “Find internships locally and abroad,” LearnHowtoBecome.org
- A Guide to Internships – MoneyGeek.com
For more information on internship credit, eligibility, and available internships, please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu. Throughout the year, graduate students will receive emails announcing internships, relevant workshops, and career exploration events. Some will be announced in the English Department’s weekly newsletter, and you can always find general information and updated internship postings on the English Department Website: http://english.colostate.edu/grad-internships/
For more, check out these recent stories on the rising importance of internships: