English Internship Program
The Department of English internship program offers students the opportunity to sharpen skill sets, while gaining experience in professional environments.
The Department of English’s Writing and Editing Internship Program offers diverse experiential learning opportunities for degree seeking undergraduate and graduate students within the department and those enrolled in the Public, Technical and Workplace Writing Certificate Program.
The benefits of the internship experience include:
- Development of interview and job application skills
- Translation of classroom learning to the workplace
- Acquiring on-the-job-experience
- Enhancing professional resume
- Exploration of career options for English majors
- Establishing connections with field-specific professionals
- Strengthening insights into organizational culture and workplace procedures
Internships customized to individual interests and career aspirations await students ready to prepare for today’s competitive job market. Opportunities available locally, nationally, and virtually.
Frequently Asked Questions
View frequently asked questions regarding the Department of English's internship program.
What is an internship?
An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2001, defines academic internships as “three-way partnerships among an institution of higher education, the internship site, and the student. They have an irreplaceable role in the liberal arts by providing hands-on learning opportunities, allowing students to collaborate closely with faculty, and strengthening ties between the college and the community.”
The Department of English's internship program has fostered community partners who provide mutually beneficial internship opportunities that give students access to those “hands-on learning opportunities” that enhance their academic experience.
Students in the internship program are supervised by our internship coordinator who is in continual contact with the on-site supervisor at the internship site. The coordinator provides preliminary resume and interview preparation meetings at the beginning of the internship and continued support and contact throughout the student’s internship.
Who is eligible for an internship?
Qualifying students must be majors or minors in the Department of English, participants in the Certificate for Public, Technical and Workplace writing, or working towards the Writing minor. Students must be undergraduates with 90 completed credit hours and a 3.0 gpa or graduates with first semester completed and a 3.0 gpa.
Don’t wait! Applications are due by first week of registration for upcoming semesters. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for application and more.
Are internships credited?
Undergraduate and graduate internships are 3 credit hour courses. A student may complete two semesters of internships (up to 6 credit hours).
Undergraduate internships may count as capstone experience.
Steps to establishing an internship
- Complete the internship application.
- Meet with intern coordinator. Call or email Regina Sakalarios-Rogers: 474-2926 or email@example.com.
- Interview with on-site internship supervisor.
- Complete Internship Agreement with supervisor.
Are internships difficult and time consuming?
No more difficult or time consuming than any of your other courses. In fact, you have control over these factors. You will establish your days and hours with your intern supervisor. You even establish the parameters of your learning. During your interview with the on-site internship supervisor you will have the opportunity to express what you would like to learn and experience and they will share with you their expectations.
During your internship, the Department of English supervisor will be available throughout your internship to give you support, provide you with guidance, and ensure you are being treated fairly and getting the learning experience you desire.
English Internships Available
The Department of English's Internship Program offers students a variety of opportunities to sharpen skill sets and gain practical workplace experience. We are adding new internships all the time and can set up a new one just for you.
Take a look at the internship opportunities available in a variety of fields.
- Book Publishing
- Magazine Publishing
- Grant Writing
- Book Sales
- Theater Education
- Customized Internships
Here are the organizations currently offering internships through the Department of English.
- Ballinger Publishing
- Community Action Program Committee
- Izon Models & Talent
- Gulf Coast Kids House
- Pensacola Little Theater
- UWF Archives & West Florida History Center
- Open Books
- And Many Others
Here's What Students Are Saying
Here's what students are saying about their experiences in the Department of English's internship program.
Margaret Gray, intern, Pensacola Little Theatre
“Engaging in each of the various stages of the editing process – from top-level manuscript review to bottom-level proofreading – all under the supervision and guidance of the company founder has deepened my understanding of the complexities of the publishing industry.” -- Margaret Gray, Pensacola Little Theatre
Lauren Massey, intern, Open Books
“The opportunity to contribute to the success of such a great organization and to work with people as lovely and passionate as the volunteers at Open Books has helped me to grow as a person and as a professional, and I consider the whole experience invaluable.” -- Lauren Massey, intern, Open Books
Isabelle Murphy, UWF Archives and West Florida History Center
“This internship was incredibly useful for me. I was undecided on whether to pursue a standard library science degree or to go for something more focused . . . The internship proved to me that I would enjoy archival studies more.” -- Isabelle Murphy, UWF Archives and West Florida History Center
Kaitlyn Peacock, EmCare
“This internship has shown me that even companies I never would have imagined working at do have a use for someone who can communicate and write well.” -- Kaitlyn Peacock, EmCare
Gregory Riley, intern, Ballinger Publishing
“My resume now features fifteen to twenty publications alongside professional experience that relates to my career field.”-- Gregory Riley, intern, Ballinger Publishing
Taylor Willbanks, intern, Gulf Coast Kids House
"Considering all that I have learned while at Gulf Coast Kids House, I am undoubtedly better prepared to enter into the professional arena and pursue my career aspirations than before my stay as an intern with Mrs. Kostevicki and her team. My time at Gulf Coast Kids House taught me more about navigating the professional work force, specifically that of a non-profit organization, than I had ever anticipated, and I am incredibly thankful for the continued mentoring and guidance I received as part of this internship program."--Taylor Willbanks, intern, Gulf Coast Kids House
Justin McCoy, Assistant to Intern Coordinator
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