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Internships and Careers in English

An internship or co-op is an educational plan which integrates classroom experience in industrial, business, government, or community-service work situations. It allows students to translate academic principles to action, to test career interests, and to develop skills and abilities through carefully planned and supervised programs related to the degree they are seeking.

Close liaison between the university and the firm, institution, or agency providing the work experience is essential to a high-quality internship/co-op. The university will assume the responsibility of integrating this experience within the student’s curriculum.

A Few Pertinent Facts:

  • You may earn 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits, three of which could count as an elective (additional credits may also be used as elective credits).
  • If your internship will fulfill a Writing Studies track requirement, then your internship must be approved by the Writing Studies track coordinator, Dr. Chauna Craig.
  • You are eligible for an internship if you have completed 57 credits and have a 2.0 GPA.
  • For every 3 hours of credit you earn, you need to work 120 hours.
  • Three-hour internships are listed as ENGL 493-001; you may register for this class after you have received approval from the department and the dean.
  • Some internships are paid, but most are not.
  • Dr. Sell will be your internship supervisor and will help you with the application process.
  • The chair (Dr. Gian Pagnucci) and the dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (Dr. Asamoah) will also sign your application.
  • You will pay for internships credits just as you do any other credits.
  • You must submit a form as well as a proposal (Dr. Sell will help you with this) for approval.
  • English majors are only eligible for summer internships.
  • The deadline for your completed paperwork is March 15.

Benefits of Having an Internship:

  • They help with resume building; employers like them and the recommendation letters they generate.
  • They help you decide what you do and don’t want to do once you enter the “real” world.
  • They often lead to jobs.
  • They are usually wonderfully enriching learning experiences where students actually have fun.

If Interested:

  • See a list of internshipsEnglish students have held.
  • Google “internships PA” and check out the first six sites that come up—they will be very helpful.
  • Go to http://www.coe.iup.edu/rjland look around on the various websites
  • Try the IUP Internships and Experiential Learning website or the Regional Internship Center of Southwestern PA 
  • Additional information about internships is available at IUP Internships.

Also, be sure to speak with the English internship coordinator, Dr. Mike Sell.
Office: 203 Leonard Hall
Phone: 724-357-2272
E-mail: msell@iup.edu

Forms:

Some Internship Sites:

  • Comcast Sportsnet
  • Comcast Network
  • IUP Comm Media Dept
  • Our Town: The Ebensburg Magazine
  • The Johnstown Tribute Democrat Newspaper
  • IUP Department Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining
  • Keppler Speakers
  • American Philatelic Research Library
  • IUP Libraries
  • IUP English Department
  • Sterling House Publishing
  • Laurel Legal Services
  • District Attorney of Armstrong County
  • The Washington Institute
  • First Assembly of God Church
  • Fiction Writing with Chris Arigo
  • WQED
  • 6 Gallery Press
  • Samatarian Village
  • Judith Kelly and Associates
  • Marvel Comics
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Research possible ways that English students may obtain job opportunities as well as internships during college and after graduation.

  • English Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 110
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2261
  • Fax: 724-357-2265
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.