Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

"This is your opportunity to find out what you like and don't like. Take advantage of this time and get the most out of what your internship has to offer."

Irecka Smith '07, former Intern at NBC17

Why should I do an internship?

About 44% of employers surveyed said they offer higher salaries to new employees with co-op/internship experience than they offer to those without such experience, and 52% of interns from the class of 2004 were offered full-time employment by their internship employers.*

*Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers 2005 Experiential Education Survey

What are the requirements?

  • Major or minor in an eligible CHASS degree program (see list)
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in your major, 2.5 GPA overall
  • Have Junior or senior standing
  • Work 120 hours during the semester (10 hours/week for 12 weeks or 8 hours per week for 16 weeks)
  • Attend ENG 350-001 once per week
  • Provide your own transportation to your internship (if necessary)

What are the prerequisites?

  • Permission of the instructor (internship coordinator) as determined by your application

What is involved in getting an internship?

  • Applying to the program.
  • Either finding an internship with the help of the internship coordinator OR on your own and getting approval from the internship coordinator. If you don't know where you want to intern or what you want to do, the internship coordinator can help you figure it out.
  • Meeting with your employer at the beginning to discuss expectations and to ask questions.

What is the application process?

  • Complete the Application Form.
  • Submit resume (see examples on "How to Apply" page).
  • Submit two relevant writing samples (not creative writing samples).
  • Ask two faculty in your major for recommendations and have them complete the Recommendation Form online.
  • While there is no specific deadline, you should submit your application by the first Monday in November for spring internships because of the limited time available for arranging for positions. Apply for fall internships prior to the end of the spring semester.

Does it matter how recent writing samples are?

No. If you're proud of them and think they are good representations of your writing style and skills, use them.

What kind of work would an intern do?

The internship job would focus on work relevant to your major. Much would depend on your interests and experience.

Some common internship duties include:

  • Reporting
  • Designing brochures
  • Creating forms
  • Producing marketing materials
  • Designing museum exhibits
  • Maintaining web sites
  • Editing paper and electronic documents
  • Creating web content
  • Assisting with events
  • Writing press releases
  • Creating press kits
  • Compiling information
  • Conducting research
  • Designing invitations
  • Creating a style manual

What kinds of organizations employ interns?

Large and small corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations employ interns through our program. We are open to adding other employers to our list of participating organizations.

What is the course like?

ENG350 meets once a week. As a student in the program, you will read articles on transitioning from school to work, and you and your classmates will share and reflect on your internship experiences. Professionals from a variety of fields will be invited to talk with you about their careers and how to find a job. You will also learn job search skills, work on your resume and cover letter, and create a writing portfolio.

Why should I consider doing a second internship?

You might want to do a second internship if you aren't yet sure of what you want to pursue for a career. You might be considering another field that you want to explore before deciding what you want to do. Another internship experience would also add materials to your writing portfolio.