Consider completing at least one internship before you graduate. Internships allow you to build a file of work samples, learn more about the kinds of work you would like to pursue after graduation, learn how to act like a professional on the job, and network with people who can hire you or help you find a job.
To browse possible internship sites, read guidelines and requirements for completing internships, find contact information, and download a learning agreement, visit the internship page in the undergraduate section of the English Department website.
English Literature majors have had some great experiences in internships recently. We feature some below.
Katelyn Antolik, majoring in English Literature and Religious Studies, won a Heinz Endowments grant to serve an internship with Technology Publishing Co./ Paint BidTracker. Here is what Katelyn has to say about her experience: “At Technology Publishing Co./ Paint BidTracker, I have been able to glean a wide array of work experience. Paint BidTracker is dedicated to reporting upcoming construction bids online for contractors. During my time with this company, I gained experience in a technical writing style that was foreign to me. By writing bi-weekly publications on upcoming construction bids, I developed my research and interviewing skills. In addition to writing, Paint BidTracker gave me assignments which allowed me to combine my research skills with marketing. I generated competitor reports, researched speakers for upcoming an upcoming conference, and created tweets to be used for the event. Paint BidTracker was an extremely successful job site that provided well-rounded job experience, and I am extremely happy to have interned with them.
“As a student of English Literature who intends to continue to a graduate program, I was interested in an internship that would diversify myself in the application process. I found this job site through extensive online research on publishers who produced an alternative style of publication. It is my hope that my experience writing on unfamiliar ground will make me a more competitive applicant both for graduate school and within the job market.”