Internship Program: Undergraduate Students
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.
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.
What is an Internship?
“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. http://career.colostate.edu/Students/JobAndInternshipSearch/InternshipResources.aspx#communications
Benefits of an Internship (from University of Iowa’s Career Center, 2015: http://careers.uiowa.edu/students/benefits-internship)
One of the recurring themes in any entry level job search is the lack of experience factor. “Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?” The answer is simple: Get an internship!
Students planning to enter the permanent work force should complement their academic preparation with a range of other experiences, such as study abroad, community service, undergraduate research experiences, participation in sports and other student organizations, membership in pre-professional organizations, and internships.
An internship offers you the chance to learn by doing in a setting where you are supervised by a work-place professional, and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.
An internship also offers you the opportunity to work with someone who can become a mentor for you – not only in the internship, but throughout your career.
- Learn about a career field from the inside and decide if this is the right career field for you
- Work alongside a professional in your chosen career area
- Observe the work place and see if it matches expectations
Leadership and Skill Development
- Learn new skills and add to your knowledge base while gaining confidence in your abilities
- Opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills
- Gain industry knowledge first hand from an organization and professionals
- Provide evidence that you have initiative, are reliable, and have a sense of responsibility
- Apply some of the ideas learned in school and provide a bridge between school and the professional world
- Achieve a sense of accomplishment by contributing to an organization
Networking and Establishing Mentors and References
- Meet new people and practice networking skills while establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references
- Open the door to a recommendation for steps to take next on your career path
- Gain valuable experience and accomplishments to add to your resume and/or enhance your application to Graduate School
- Create an advantage over other job or graduate school applicants
- Potential for a full time job offer at the end of the internship based on your performance
Basic Criteria for Students Wishing to Register for Internship Credits (E487A & B):
- Must be a CSU English major or minor with junior or senior standing, or a graduate student in one of the English Department programs.
- Must have completed all lower-division English & communication skills requirements (undergraduates).
- Undergraduates must have minimum cumulative GPAs of 2.6 and minimum English/Writing GPAs of 3.0. They must have completed CO300 or CO301 with an A or a B. 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 40 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.
- Undergraduates may register for and complete any number of internship credits, but, depending on the course, only a limited number of internship credits will count toward graduation (see information below).
- E384A, E487A and B, and E495 are considered upper-division, free elective English course credits, but they cannot fulfill requirements listed in Column A of the English Major advising check sheets.
- Undergraduates may count a total of only three E487A or four E487B internship credits toward graduation. A student can also combine three E487A credits and one E487B credit for a total of four towards graduation.
- Undergraduate students taking E487C and/or E487D may be able to count up to 7 credits of internship toward graduation. E487C or E487D can satisfy 3 upper-division English elective credits in Column A.
- Internship courses may not be substituted for upper division major course requirements.
Undergraduate Internship Numbers & Titles:
E487A-Supervised Work Experience
E487B-Literary Editing (undergraduate literary magazine & off-campus companies)
E487C-Community Literacy Center
E487D-CSU Writing Center
English Department Internships
(Not all internships are offered every semester; * indicates internships offered primarily to graduate students.)
CSU Affiliated Internships Supervised by English Faculty
- Greyrock Review (undergraduate literary magazine)
- Center for Literary Publishing/Colorado Review * (coloradoreview.colostate.edu)
- Center for Community Literacy (literacy.colostate.edu/)
- Community Organizing to Reach Empowerment (www.ssw.cahs.colostate.edu)
- English Department Communications Internships
- Freestone (English Department newsletter) (currently on hold)*
- Literacy Through Prose & Poetry *
- Society of Sr. Scholars Oral History Project (www.learn.colostate.edu/seniorscholars/)
- Teaching Assistantships (with individual professors) *
- Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language*
- The Writing Center
Internships Supervised by Other CSU Professionals
- Alumni Association Public Relations/Communications
- Off Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners
- Office of Conference Services
- Peace Corps Representative*
- The Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
- Animal House
- Bailiwick Publishing (www.bailiwickpress.com)
- Bas Bleu Theatre Company (www.basbleu.org)
- Bloomsbury Review, Denver (www.bloomsburyreview.com)
- Bohemian Foundation (in process)
- Book Trust (www.booktrust.org)
- CI (city internships – national and international programs) http://city-internships.com/
- Denver Botanic Gardens (www.botanicgardens.org)
- Discovery Center Science Museum/Fort Collins Museum (www.fcmdsc.org)
- Equus Digital Publishing (equusdigitalpublishing.com)
- Fort Collins Coloradoan
- Fort Collins High School
- Fort Collins Symphony (fcsymphony.org)
- FortPride.org (GLBT Resources for Northern Colorado)
- get born: the uncensored voice of motherhood (www.getbornmag.com)
- Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity/Books for Humanity (www.fortcollinshabitat.org/)
- Interweave Press (www.interweave.com)
- Johnstown Breeze
- Larimer Humane Society (www.larimerhumane.org)
- Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver (www.lighthousewriters.org)
- Northern Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (www.nfrmpo.com)
- Poudre High School
- Poudre River Public Library District (www.poudrelibraries.org)
- Ruminate Magazine (www.ruminatemagazine.org/)
- Trees, Water, People (email@example.com)
- United Way of Larimer County (www.uwaylc.org)
- Wolverine Farm Press/ Matter journal (www.wolverinefarmpublishing.org)
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/
- com – http://www.internships.com/student
- Chegg – https://www.chegg.com/app/internships
- Learn How to Become – “Find internships locally and abroad,” LearnHowtoBecome.org
- A Guide to Internships – MoneyGeek.com
Frequently Asked Questions:
- 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.
If you are interested in earning academic credit for an internship, please complete the Internship Application: http://english.colostate.edu/internships/internship-application-form/.
- 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.
For more information and updated policies, please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu. Throughout the year, English majors, minors, and graduate students will receive emails announcing internships, resume 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/internships/
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