Internships in English

The English faculty strongly suggests that all majors be provided an opportunity to work in a professional setting to apply the writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills they have developed through their course work.

In cooperation with the various organizations in Indianapolis, the internship program places eligible students in positions that will afford them both work experience and academic credit. Potential sponsors of English majors as interns include advertising, public relations, public service, and arts institutions, as well as governmental agencies.

Student interns employ their skills, establish contacts outside the University, and gather valuable career experience and information. Internships can be either paid or unpaid as the primary purpose of the program is educational rather than remunerative.

Interns must be degree-seeking juniors and seniors. Internship opportunities may be obtained from Bianca Pagano in JH308D. Students send cover letters and resumes to prospective companies and set-up their own interviews. After being accepted for an internship position, students are to give the name of the company and student supervisor to Bianca Pagano. A Student/Company/Department of English Internship contract will be generated at the beginning of the internship and will send the sponsoring company a final student evaluation for completion at the end of the internship experience.

Faculty Supervision:

Professor Bryce Berkowitz – / 317-940-2072
Professor Carol Reeves – / 317-940-9858 (for English Professional Writing track students)

Department Coordinator:

Bianca Pagano – / 317-940-9293

  • Maximum total internship credit = no limit.
  • Maximum internship credit to be counted toward academic major or minor = 12 hours.

Regular Semester
3 hours credit = 126 hour internship (EN 395)*
6 hours credit = 252 hour internship (EN 396)*

Summer Session
3 hours credit = 140 hour internship for approximately 7 weeks (EN 395)*
6 hours credit = 280 hours internship for approximately 7 weeks (EN 396)*

*Actual schedules will be worked out between the student intern and the sponsoring agency.

Final grades for internships are based upon

  • Final evaluation from the sponsoring agency.
  • Evaluation by the student of skills used and tasks performed during the internship. This evaluation should be submitted as a portfolio which contains:
    • a 6-10 page paper summarizing internship activities, an evaluation of those activities, and an assessment of the student’s performance as an intern
    • descriptions of special projects and
    • copies of all significant pieces of work completed such as letters, articles, programs, etc.
  • Review and grading by the English Department’s Faculty Advisor.

Portfolio guidelines document in Microsoft Word format.