Category Archives: Internships

From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Interns for Fall 2017 —  Michaela Hayes and Katie Haggstrom, (who was also with us last semester and over the summer, and is so great we asked her to stay on). Just like the position description states, they are creative and enthusiastic CSU students with good communication and writing skills who are super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. We’ve had our first official meeting, and there’s lots of good stuff coming your way! If you have any ideas of what they should be writing about, events they should be attending, people they should profile, etc., please send those suggestions my way.

 

 

 

From Michaela Hayes: 

Hi! I’m Michaela and I’m beyond excited to be an intern for the English department this semester. I’m a transfer student from the University of Kansas and one of the main selling points of CSU for me was the English department. One step in Eddy and I was in love. Feel free to chat with me at any time about books and such- I’m always up for new recommendations. Some of my favorite authors are Daphne du Maurier, Tim O’Brien, James Baldwin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joy Fielding, and I could talk about about Sylvia Plath for days. I’m looking forward to going to English department events and readings this semester and adding to my list of favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

From Katie Haggstrom:

My name is Katie and this will be my second year interning for the English department! I’m constantly amazed by how much our students, faculty and staff do, both during the summer and the school year. I’m starting my second year in the MA English, Literature program, and I also work in the Writing Center as a consultant. I spend most of my time running around Eddy, so if you see me please say hi (and you might become the next feature for our Humans of Eddy). Outside the English department, I work with ASCSU as the graduate senator, helping to bridge the gap between grad and undergrad students. I’m excited to get started and hope to see some of you around Eddy!

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From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: We had so many great applicants for the internship position this time around. Any of them would have been a great fit, which meant we got to pick the best of the best. I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Interns for Spring 2016 — Katie Haggstrom and Joyce Bohling, (who was also with us last semester, and was so great we asked her to stay on). Just like the position description states, they are creative and enthusiastic CSU students with good communication and writing skills who are super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. We had our first official meeting last week, and there’s lots of good stuff coming your way! If you have any ideas of what they should be writing about, events they should be attending, people they should profile, etc., send those suggestions my way.

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From Katie Haggstrom: “I admit that I’m a cliche English student, but I try to live by Emerson’s quote ‘do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ I went from spending my undergraduate years bundling up against harsh Minnesota winters at St Olaf College to studying in Tanzania, London and attending NYU’s Publishing Institute.”

“I will always be a Nebraska native, but I officially moved to Fort Collins in August to begin a Masters in English at CSU. While I’m beginning my second semester, I’m still adjusting to the whole graduate student thing. But I’m amazed at the countless authors, writers, and poets invited to speak at CSU. As your intern this semester, I’m excited to learn more about the different events and speakers on the calendar.”

“If you see me lurking around Eddy (where I seem to live most weekdays), feel free to say hello.”

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Joyce Bohling

From Joyce Bohling: “I’m excited to be returning for a second semester as a Communications Intern for the English Department! In the fall, I not only learned a lot about writing for the web, but met some very cool people I otherwise would not have met, learned more about people I already knew, and got to share their stories with all of you. I’m looking forward to another semester of learning all I can about communications and about this department. Don’t hesitate to contact me (or Katie or Jill) if you have a story you’d like to be heard.”

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The internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students, unless otherwise noted.

 

Publishing/Editorial Internships:

Education Internships:

Non-Profit/Communications Internships:

 

Please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu for more information on these internships and how to apply.

To learn more about the internship program at CSU, visit:

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From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Interns for Fall 2016 — Joyce Bohling, Haley Huffman, and Courtney Satchell. Just like the position description stated, they are creative and enthusiastic CSU students with good communication and writing skills who are super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. We had our first official meeting last week, and the room was full of so much good energy and so many great ideas! I can’t wait to share more of their work with you. If you have any ideas of what they should be writing about, events they should be attending, people they should profile, etc., send those suggestions my way.

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From Joyce Bohling: Hello! I’m Joyce, and I’m very excited to be joining the English department communications team for fall 2016. Not only will it be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a department that does so much to support me alongside hundreds other graduate and undergraduate students, but also to learn a new set of writing skills for a new audience and context. Writing, after all, is a very employable skill, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The majority of my web writing experience comes from my food blog, The Hungry Caterpillar. I really like food. I also like swing dancing, bike riding, cats, good books of all kinds (but especially memoirs), mountains, public radio, Star Trek, tea, teaching, yoga, and cheesy 80’s music.

This will be my second year in the creative nonfiction program here at CSU, which means I better start cranking out a thesis soon. Writing, coursework, attending to my food blog and teaching CO150 as a second-year Graduate Teaching Assistant keep me plenty busy. But don’t worry—I’ll be finding a few hours each week to let you know what’s going on here in the English department. I’m looking forward to learning all that I can.

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From Haley Huffman: “It’s better to look back and think ‘I can’t believe I did that,’ than to look back and think “I wish I did that.’” My name is Haley Huffman and I am a senior Journalism and Media Communications major with an English minor. I’m still figuring out my end game with these areas of study, but ideally I would like to become involved in the editing and publishing business. I am from Denver, where my family still resides with two cats and two dogs. I love animals and all of our pets are rescues. I am also a huge Denver Broncos fan and I go to as many home games as I can with my dad. When I’m not yelling at oversized, sweaty men on a football field, I can be found reading and drinking coffee. I have a passion for literature and I am very excited to be working with the English Department as a Communications Intern so I can broaden my literary experiences and chronicle those for you all.

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From Courtney Satchell: Courtney is a Junior at CSU currently earning her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and English Lit. She’s obsessed with movies, writes angsty poetry, and takes way too many photos of her cat. She’s seen the movie Princess Bride way too many times and Twilight is the bane of her existence. When she isn’t doing school work you can find her loitering the halls of the Eddy Building.

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Former English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic at her graduation Spring 2016

Former English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic at her graduation, Spring 2016

There were two final things I wanted to take home from Colorado this summer: a graduate certificate from the University of Denver Publishing Institute (DPI) and a cardboard sign from the summit of a fourteener.  As it turned out, the process of earning those two degrees of cardstock weren’t all that different.

The top is a daunting, idealized prospect. Looking ahead to the end of my journey, I was excited for what might come with a certificate from DPI. I had all sorts of expectations for new friends, reputable connections, and perhaps even job offers. But there was still work to be done, including mysterious manuscripts and advance assignments that I felt a little nervous about starting. I found myself enjoying the preliminary work once I got going, as writing reader’s reports, traveling to indie bookstores, and drafting press releases all provided a fun introduction to the trail ahead. 

You’ll meet a lot of fun, interesting people along the way. DPI provides an automatic introduction to almost a hundred other people who love books and want to contribute to making them, and it’s the most wonderful thing. Surrounded by fellow readers ready with ample book suggestions and the same frenzied determination to find a career in the publishing industry, I felt confident that this was absolutely the right place to be. 

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Ashley at DPI (third from the right), along with some of her fellow participants

Some just seem to have a talent for bounding up the mountain. The Institute also allows for introductions to industry giants. Whether they serve as fearless leaders in the digital age or have uncanny knacks for editing with a subtle turn of phrase, the lecturers are absolutely awe-inspiring. Many of the speakers seem to have those, “I moved to New York with empty pockets and a dream” stories, and they all made them work with perseverance, grit, and a little bit of luck. But as many of them reminded us, everyone struggles on the way to the top. All of them were remarkably accessible and eager to help us on our trek, offering advice, business cards, and free books (and there were a lot of free books).   

The summit is beautiful, gratifying, and uniting. The trail may have seemed a little difficult at times – there’s no shortage of homework and job applications – but it was always worth it. The top puts everything in perspective, and it’s fulfilling to know that the industry wants to create books that have the power to change people’s lives in some small way. I felt proud to be part of a group of graduates that I know will go on to do great things and contribute to making even greater books. 

There are a lot of new peaks around you. I could easily see the other adventures around me, and I felt equipped to handle them. There may not be fifty-three peaks in publishing, but there are a plethora of different jobs, including but not limited to: editing, agenting, copyediting, proofreading, packaging, design, marketing, publicity, public relations, production, sub-rights, law, sales, and bookselling in trade, scholarly, indie, children’s, textbook, digital, and religious publishing. 

You really enjoy the view on the way down.  On the way up, I was focused on the trail ahead; the whole month was an intense crash course in industry lingo and procedures. On the way down I had time to take it all in, enjoy the views, and catch my breath. I learned about the industry through funny anecdotes and crucial guidance, practiced the nitty-gritty skills needed to go into editing or marketing, and took a glimpse into the pros and cons of every role. I met new business contacts who’d be glad to offer a coffee and some wisdom, and new friends I’d be happy to call up in whatever city I land in. Most of all, I confirmed that I want to pursue the beautiful, if chaotic, path of publishing now more than ever.


We are so proud of Ashley and all she has accomplished, as well as so grateful for all she did for us in her year as our communications intern. We miss her, but can’t wait to see where she’ll land. If you’d like to find out more about DPI, contact our internship coordinator Mary Hickey, mary.hickey@colostate.edu

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As the semester, and this academic year, comes to a close, I’ve been working my way through my inbox looking for loose ends. What a surprise to find this great piece from our outgoing, graduating intern Ashley Alfirevic on internships and finding work after graduation. Our original plan was to do a whole series about this topic, which is why we held this post back when it was originally written.

~from English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic

As English majors, many of us are subject to the faux impression that there’s a crisis among our graduates, that after leaving the wonderful world of CSU there will not be enough job opportunities for those of us who chose a major built on our beloved books. The reality is that many companies are searching for applicants with the writing ability, the critical thinking, the creativity, and the interpersonal skills we’ve developed through our courses in creative writing, literature, languages, and education.

CSU has the advisors, career experts, and student experience to prove it. This article may be comprehensive, but it is just a brief sampling of the resources available to help attain internships now and jobs after graduation.

First, let’s take a look at the job statistics for past graduates. CSU Institutional Research and the Career Center put together a PowerPoint recording the “First Destination, Satisfaction, and Success” from a sampling of 2013-2014 undergraduates.

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Over 60% of undergraduates found jobs after graduation. Among that percentage, 85% secured an offer or plans before graduation. Only 20% were still seeking employment and the other 20% had gone on to continue their education.

 

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Plus, the average starting salary from those first time jobs isn’t too shabby either.

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Now, what can you do to make sure you’re among that 60% of the employed Liberal Arts majors? What should you do to make sure you’re in the 85% that has plans set before you put on your cap and gown? Taking the right pre-emptive steps with the available CSU resources can increase your ability to find employment after graduation. Four important factors are maintaining a GPA of greater than 3.0, completing internships, having on campus employment, and making use of Career Services.

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But out of all of those four factors, internships are immensely valuable. They allow you to gain experience, beef up your resume, and figure out what you want to do in the working world. Campus-wide, internships gave students a huge boost in finding employment, especially employment relevant to their majors.

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The CSU English Department conducted an Internship panel earlier this academic year featuring four current students (including yours truly) who obtained internships in their field of study. With internships paid or unpaid, spanning from CSU to NYC, whether facilitating workshops or editing commercials, we had a wide range of experience to offer. If you didn’t have a chance to make the panel, here’s the best advice we had to offer.

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Taylor Heussner – Greyrock Review, NBC Universal, 303 Magazine, F and W Media
Breanne Work – Writing Center, Greyrock Review
Sarah Rossi – Community Literacy Center (CLC)
Ashley Alfirevic – Prime Publishing, Greyrock Review, Dublin Globe, English Department Communications Intern

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The panel

 

What was your internship search and application process like? That is, how did you find the internship and what was the application process like? 

Taylor highly recommended LinkedIn as a great networking tool. Though she knew of the internship through a family friend, networking was key. She went through two very intensive Skype interviews to get the job, but being informed about the network helped her through quizzes and tests included in her application process.

Breanne heard about her internships through Mary Hickey’s office and the English Department Newsletter. She stressed that being aware and glancing through those emails is important. She could have missed the opportunity by deleting it on accident.

Sarah heard about the internship from fellow classmates and her professor. Cultivating connections with the professionals around you is crucial to finding out about good opportunities.

I used online tools and the Education Abroad office for my internships outside of Fort Collins, but my two other internships came through Mary’s offices as well. Scheduling a brief appointment can help with give the resources and information you’re looking for.

 

What were/are some of the most important takeaways from your internship and skills you gained?        

Taylor gained a lot of computer skills working with Photoshop and video editing. Media skills make you marketable in today’s high tech world.

Breanne talked about her enjoyment working with different patrons of the Writing Center. Interpersonal skills are always something to put on your resume.

Sarah works with at-risk youth for the SpeakOut! program, and emphasized that empathy, compassion, and understanding are hugely important when working in groups.

I found that learning a new skill – like search engine optimization – makes you especially appealing to employers, especially when you’re creating web content.

 

What did you find to be challenging, unexpected, and/or surprising? 

Taylor initially felt daunted by all of the other interns, who had tons of experience. Since then, she’s worked even harder on her credentials to be competitive on the East Coast.

Breanne said it can be disheartening to have a bad editing session with a patron, as people won’t always listen. You have to be prepared for the good days and the bad days. 

Sarah talked about always being flexible in the workplace, and to always be prepared for changes.

I found that a lot of content jobs are now tied in with social media. No matter what you specialize in, you’ll probably have to work on connecting with your social media audience.

 

How did your degree work prepare you for the internship? 

Taylor discovered that her poetry work really helped her to be creative and bring different perspectives to the table while making commercials.

Breanne found that her editing skills were a great asset in both her internships.

Sarah’s work with lesson plans and teaching skills prepared her to facilitate workshops with youth.

I love writing for a specific audience whenever I’m creating content. Every paper I write helps me figure out how to do just that.

 

What advice can you offer to current English students who are considering an internship/have not yet completed one? 

Taylor said there’s no downside to doing an internship. You get great experience and great skills that will make you more marketable when looking for future jobs.

Breanne said to look around the department and see what the opportunities there are. There are usually quite a lot of them!

Sarah talked about going above and beyond the job expectations. Impress your supervisors and good things will come out of it!

I talked about how there are so many new jobs emerging in our field, especially since we are moving towards an emotional age that values our skills.

 

For more information about internships, Mary Hickey serves as our English Department Internship Advisor. She has a wealth of resources and internship opportunities to help you figure out the best moves for your future. If you’re looking for something out of state or want to get into a specific industry, set up an appointment with the Career Center (Katie Russo specializes in Liberal Arts). You can start using the Handshake tool, which pulls internships from tons of different websites to help find the best options for you.

The English Department website has a new and improved feature to help you navigate your internship search and experience. Apply for internship credit and check out quotes from previous interns.

Start looking at your options, and get your future started!

 

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image by Jill Salahub

Summer 2016 Internships Available!

Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students.

Publishing/Editorial Internships:

Educational Internships:

Non-Profit/Communications Internships:

Other:

Please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu  for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence (JUR) is a peer-reviewed, undergraduate journal registered with the Library of Congress that accepts submissions of any subject, from any undergraduate institution.

This is a journal where undergraduates have an opportunity to publish their own work and showcase their talents in any academic subject. Research, poetry, reviews, and art can be featured side-by-side as a testament to the scholarly power of undergraduate students.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry in the Institute for Learning and Teaching Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, JUR Press is an undergraduate-run publishing house. Their mission is to print outstanding undergraduate research, scholarly articles, and creative works to make them available to the public and connect the worldwide community of college undergraduates. Their flagship product is the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence, printed annually and open to students internationally.

Previous publications in JUR, the sort of things an English major might write and submit:

 

  • Inequitable marriage: Financial dependence of women in the Victorian novel 
  • A commentary on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt through Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial development theory 
  • An Appeal to Anyone Writing Anything
  • The Geology of Who You Share Your Bed With 
  • Unique spaces, unique states of mind: the Thai forest monks and the Abhidhamma method of conscious states and meditation 
  • Judging emotion in reason: the effect of emotion in the Anglo-American legal system

 

Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2016

Internships: They aren’t planning on hiring any new interns for the Spring, but there are plans for positions in the Fall.

Looking for more places to submit your work? Check out Local Literary Magazines, Places to Publish Your Work: a Listicle from Ashley Alfirevic.

 

 

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From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Interns for Spring 2016 — Ashley Alfirevic (returning), Beth Campbell, and Kaitlyn Phillips. Just like the position description stated, they are creative and enthusiastic CSU students with good communication and writing skills who are super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. We had our first official meeting last week, and the room was full of so much good energy and so many great ideas! I can’t wait to share more of their work with you. If you have any ideas of what they should be writing about, events they should be attending, people they should profile, etc., send those suggestions my way.

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Ashley Alfirevic, after her senior thesis presentation (Ashley’s thesis: Women in Irish Film: Representations of Feminine Mobility)

From Ashley Alfirevic: Winter break provided some rest and relaxation as I caught up with family and friends back home in Chicago. Seeing as this was first time in a few years that Christmas didn’t come coupled with a polar vortex, it was the perfect opportunity to go explore the city. My trip back to Colorado started a little early with a few days in Breckenridge, where I skied my first black diamond trails and narrowly avoided several wipe-outs.

Not much different from those intimidating new trails, I’m excited and a little nervous to tackle my last semester of college. Senior year means the embarking on the job hunt and navigating adulthood, but I’m not ready to call myself a graduate just yet. There are a few more items to tick off the list before I leave CSU, like rafting down the Poudre or going to a concert at Red Rocks. And, of course, I’d like to make the most of my time left in the English Department.

I’m eager to meet my two new colleagues in the English Department Communications Internship, and hope to offer some helpful tidbits during our time together. Though far from old and wise, seniority has granted me a little perspective. While this comes with the territory, attend all the readings, presentations, poetry slams, and English Department events that you can. I’m making up for lost time this year, and am now realizing how much they ground you in the CSU English community. Don’t be too intimidated to talk with professors and grad students (even if you have a bit of an awkward start); everyone in the department is welcoming and friendly, and will be more than willing to strike up a conversation.

And while this is terribly, awfully cliché, you’ll be signing your graduation contract before you know it. Make sure you can look back on your time with a little bit of a smile, maybe because you talked with a professor who was passionate about their course, or met a classmate who made you think during discussions, or a read book that changed the way you looked at the world around you.

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Beth Campbell

From Beth Campbell: Literature is the purest expression of the human spirit, which is why it terrifies some, confuses others, and delights those who dare to keep looking. This is my dearest belief and why I am so passionate about what I do. I am a second year English Education major who loves being involved with anything related to reading, writing, or education. When I am not reading whatever book I picked up this week from the library or in class, I am out meeting new people, going to poetry slams, or relaxing in my favorite corner of the Alleycat. I am a tea connoisseur, an advocate for adult nap time and recess, and I always eat dessert first, because life is too short to pass up the good stuff.

I have been writing for most of my life, but my writing career only took off two years ago when a poem of mine was published in the America Library of Poets yearly book Accolades. I began to pursue English as a major and career choice when I came to college. I was hired as a weekly writer for an online national journal called The Odyssey, where I continue to publish short works of fact and opinion. I am very excited for this internship and cannot wait to see what this semester holds for us!

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Kaitlyn Phillips

From Kaitlyn Phillips: I’m incredibly excited to join CSU’s English Department as an intern this Spring; I’ve been part of the community as a student for almost two years, and I’m excited to gain new perspective on this place that many of us English majors call home. My concentration is education, and I hope to one day be the kind of teacher that creates the same sense of community in her classroom that I’ve found here in the university’s English department. When I’m not studying English here on campus, I’m most often at Putnam Elementary school, where I work as a teaching assistant in a preschool classroom, or doing small projects as the Development Officer of the nonprofit Far Away Friends; our mission is to extend quality education into Northern Uganda, and it has been amazing to take my passion for education across the globe. Additionally I am a lover of coffee, books, and people, and can be found binge watching Grey’s Anatomy on any given weekend. I am crazy excited to be taking on this internship this semester, and hope to help the community as much as I learn from it.

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CSU lagoon, image by Colorado State University

CSU lagoon, image by Colorado State University

Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students.

SPRING:

  • Publishing/Editorial Internships:
    • Editorial Interns, Bloomsbury Review (Denver, CO)
    • Writing/Editorial Internships (several positions), The Borgen Project (remote)

 

  • Educational Internships:
    • Adult ESL Teacher, Global Refugee Center (Greeley, CO)
    • Grading Assistant, NCTE@CSU with Poudre High School (Ft. Collins)
    • Writing Coach and Grader, NCTE@CSU, Fort Collins High School (Ft. Collins)

 

  • Non-Profit/Communications Internships:
    • Communications Intern (paid), CSU English Department
    • Learning and Organizational Development Intern, City of Fort Collins
    • Social Media and Communications Intern, Poudre River Library District (Ft. Collins)

 

Please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu  for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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