English Department Communications Internship
Internship term: Fall 2018 Semester, 15 weeks, August 20 – December 7, 2018
Total credits: 2 (optional)
Hours: Approximately 5 per week
Application Deadline: Thursday, August 23, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
The English Department is a vibrant and diverse community. It is home to poets and linguists, literacy researchers and teacher educators, novelists and literary scholars, composition specialists and writers of creative nonfiction. We share a passion for exploring the multiple and dynamic ways that the English language is used to meet the demands of life in the twenty-first century. We offer BAs in English with five concentrations, MAs in English in 5 programs, and an MFA in Creative Writing. In addition, we are the home of the University Composition Program, the CSU Writing Center, the Center for Literary Publishing, the Community Literacy Center, and CSUWP which is a National Writing Project site.
The English Department is looking for two engaged, self-motivated, responsible, creative, and enthusiastic CSU students, undergraduate or graduate, with good communication and writing skills to help tell the story of the English Department. Interns will spend most of their time researching, interviewing, attending events, writing, and developing content — both for print and online.
A major responsibility of this internship will be creating content for the department’s blog. Interns will work directly with the English Department’s Communications Coordinator to meet departmental communication needs and complete various content development projects as assigned, including but not limited to creating profiles of people (alumni, faculty & staff, students), programs and projects; conducting interviews; providing event coverage (which would include attendance and photos, along with other modes of recording where relevant); and reporting departmental news and upcoming events.
For these internship positions, some prior reporting or blogging experience and/or education is preferred, as well as an understanding of writing for the web principles and strong communication skills, both in person and in text. We also prefer applicants who are familiar with the English Department, its programs, people, and events – and who are willing to learn more. Preference will be given to English majors. Content will be developed in various modes, and therefore skill with technologies such as sound recording and photography, as well as image and sound editing experience is preferred.
Applicants should mail or bring a cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references (phone and email), and three writing samples (plus multimedia samples, if applicable) to:
c/o Jill Salahub: Communications Coordinator
359 Eddy Hall
1773 Campus Delivery
Ft. Collins, CO 80523-1773