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Internships in English

  • Overview

    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. 

    A Few Pertinent Facts

    • You may earn 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits, 3 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, Oriana Gatta.
    • 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. Gatta will be your internship supervisor and will help you with the application process.
    • The chair (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. Gatta will help you with this) for approval.
    • English majors are only eligible for summer internships.
    • The deadline for your completed paperwork is March 15.

    Application Process

    1. Meet With Internship Coordinator

    Dr. Oriana Gatta
    Office: HSS 506II

    Prior to/while seeking an internship, you must meet with the internship coordinator, Oriana Gatta, to discuss your interests and goals for the internship.

    The internship coordinator will provide suggestions on how the student may find a suitable agency or organization for the internship experience. To make an appointment with the internship coordinator, e-mail Oriana Gatta or stop by her office.

    2. Locate Internship Site

    You, the student, in conjunction with the internship coordinator, 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.

    3. Submit Internship Application

    After securing an internship site, you must complete and submit the following two forms to the internship coordinator:

    Writing Studies Track Majors Only

    Writing Track Majors can also use English 493: Internship as one of two required Studio/Portfolio/Career Preparation courses.


    • Fall Internship: First Friday in August

    • Spring Internship: Second Monday in November

    • Summer Internship: Second Monday in April

    4. Register for Credits

    Once your internship application has been approved, the English Department will edit your student account to allow you to register for ENGL 493: Internship.

    5. Payment of Fees

    Make arrangements to pay all required university fees on a timely basis for the university to appropriately recognize your internship. 

    6. Internship Work

    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 essay.

    7. English 493: Internship Portfolio

    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 your work.  

    Portfolio Requirements

    • 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. Consider the following questions as you shape this essay (*without necessarily answering them all or in this order):

    • 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?”