A Foot in the Door
Qualified English undergraduate and graduate students are offered for-credit opportunities to explore possible career paths before graduation. 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.
A wide variety of experience is possible: designing websites, writing and copyediting articles and book reviews, teaching students in literacy programs, writing and editing newsletters and brochures for non-profit agencies, etc. You may generate your own position in a field of interest, or you may pursue established local, regional, or national internship opportunities. We expect that at least 80% of your duties will be directly related to your degree work and career objectives.
Real World Experience
Explore Career Options
Build Relationships with Mentors
Skill & Confidence Building
Discover Department Opportunities
During this yearlong internship, students learn the intricacies of publishing, promoting, and printing a literary journal. As a staff intern, you will be expected to attend weekly staff meetings, where you will discuss advertising, promoting submissions, reading poetry, fiction and nonfiction submissions, copy editing, writing acceptance and rejection notices, and whatever else may come across the Greyrock Review desk.
Students participating in the Greyrock Review internship (E487B) will receive 1 credit per semester for 40 hours of work. Interns meet with the Graduate Student Advisor every week for an hour, and they complete assignments outside of the scheduled meetings. Students can register for E487B for 1 credit per semester for up to 4 semesters.
Community Literacy Center
CSU's Community Literacy Center creates literacy opportunities that invite community members—particularly people experiencing confinement or in recovery—to engage in innovative and supportive writing spaces and to value art that emerges through conversation and circulation.
Become a CLC intern and gain valuable experience facilitating writing workshops and hosting pop-up engagement events.
University Writing Center
Do you love writing? Are you a a person your peers trust for advice and feedback on writing projects? Consider applying to become a writing consultant!
The Colorado State Writing Center is a free service offering inclusive, cooperative feedback on academic, personal, and professional writing projects. A relaxed and supportive place, the CSU Writing Center strives to foster better writers and better writing.
Applications to be a writing consultant typically open in April on Handshake. This is a paid opportunity and is open to upper-division undergraduates, as well as graduate students.
To learn more about the Writing Center and the work consultants do, visit writingcenter.colostate.edu.
Become a teaching assistant & earn internship credit!
Did you know? Students interested in gaining teaching experience can become teaching assistants for English faculty members and earn internship credit for their work!
Some things to keep in mind:
- To become a TA, you’ll need to earn a high grade in the course you want to assist in.
- TAs for 3 credit courses can earn 3 undergraduate teaching internship credits.
Want a glimpse into what it’s like to intern as a teaching assistant? Check out our Q&A with Associate Professor Todd Mitchell. Todd regularly invites students to TA for his courses and is an excellent resource for learning more about the teaching experience.
Q&A with Associate Professor Todd Mitchell
Micro-Internships with Parker-Dewey
Parker Dewey provides students access to paid micro-internships, short project-based experiences with employers that help you gain critical skills to build your resume. Students can create a free account, upload their resume, search for, and apply for projects that match their interests and skillsets. The micro-internship board updates frequently with new opportunities. Many of these opportunities are remote, making it easy for students to connect with employers across the nation.
Benefits of an Internship
"During my internship at the CLC I co-facilitated some awesome workshops at the Larimer Community Corrections Center and came away excited to continue advocating for social change and community literacy."
~ Mia Manfredi, BA English: Creative Writing, Community Literacy Center internship
"Working alongside my lit professor to verify sources for a new edition of A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, I gained a transformative behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of literary publishing, editing, and research."
~ Pete Wilson, BA English: Literature and Philosophy, literary publishing internship with Professor Zach Hutchins
“This internship was by far the most important thing I’ve done when it comes to my career. For the first time, I was able to experience the day-to-day newsroom environment and what it is like to produce regular content each day, and instead of feeling exhausted, I was inspired, excited and exhilarated. This internship definitely confirmed that this is exactly the kind of work I want to do.”
~Ian Bagley, BA English: Creative Writing, Backpacker Magazine Editorial Internship