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.
Although an internship is not required by BA English programs, it is a great way to boost your readiness to apply the skills you develop in your major in the working world!
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Prior to/while seeking an internship, you should meet with the BA director to discuss your interests and goals for the internship and how it fits into your program.
You, the student, are expected to seek your own internship location. There are several sources of information you may refer to in order to identify potential internship sites.
After securing an internship site, you must complete and submit the following two forms to the internship coordinator:
Writing Track Majors can also use English 493: Internship as one of two required Studio/Portfolio/Career Preparation courses.
Writing Studies Track Approval Form (pdf)
Once your internship application has been approved, the Dean’s Office will add ENGL 493: Internship to your schedule.
Make arrangements to pay all required university fees on a timely basis for the university to appropriately recognize your internship.
All interns will receive an email link to an online training that must be complete before beginning an internship.
A three-credit internship is equivalent to 120 hours per semester, or eight hours per week.
As indicated in the Internship Portfolio description, this work should include primarily writing-based activities, activities that will need to be documented in the portfolio via a weekly work log, work samples (artifacts), and an internship reflection
The final product to emerge from your internship experience will be a portfolio, the purpose of which is to help you document and reflect on the work you’ve done and the knowledge/skills gained through this experience.
The portfolio will also help your IUP intern coordinator assess your learning in this credit-bearing course, and more importantly, help you articulate your experience-based skills and expertise to future employers with specific excerpts and examples of
A one-page introduction to the portfolio in which you
Internship log, in which you list dates and times worked and tasks completed.
At least two “artifacts” or samples of your work with an accompanying summary explaining that work and its relevance to your internship.
A four- to six-page essay in which you reflect on the meaning of your internship experience for your intellectual and professional development.
A one-page letter from the internship site supervisor verifying that a student has completed the contracted hours and evaluating the student’s performance based on specified internship duties and general professionalism (Note: The internship coordinator
will also independently verify the student’s work with her/his supervisor via e-mail).
A separate e-mail honestly evaluating the student’s experience of the internship site and site supervisor, i.e. by answering the following questions: “Would I recommend this internship to another student?” and “Why or why not?”