Starting in the fall of 2018, Mississippi State University’s English department will be offering an internship program where students can earn credit for internships towards their major and where students can gain valuable work experience towards their future career paths.
Why Should You Consider an English Internship?
Internships allow you to gain valuable work experience and apply your knowledge and skills in your potential field and make professional connections with others in your industry; internships also allow you to test-drive an industry to ensure that it is the best fit for you. As an English major/minor, you are cultivating skills and knowledge that will help you stand out and excel at your career, such as effective communication, research and analysis skills, and independent and creative-complex thinking, and you can enhance these skills through an internship.
In general, interning and volunteering show potential employers that you are committed to your future and are actively learning more about your career path, and this gives you more weight in their employment considerations.
What types of internships are there?
Typically, there are paid and unpaid internships, and both types can receive course credit in the internship program. In order to receive course credit, students must take the internship course during their internship term and complete the course guidelines along with their internship.
Students who are interested in internships but are unsure how to proceed are welcome to meet with the internship coordinator in order to get an idea of their options.
Who can apply for an internship?
The English Internship Program offers junior and senior English majors and minors with a GPA of 2.8 or higher the opportunity to apply for placement in a semester-long English internship for three (3) academic credit hours. The internship consists of supervised work experience and realistic job training of at least 120 hours in related English areas and 30 hours of coursework during the semester, with evaluations by both instructor and supervisor. Students must receive the permission of the instructor in order to add the course to their spring schedule.
Available Funding: The College of Arts and Sciences is currently offering undergraduate grants to help fund internships.
For further information, please contact L. Abigail Voller at firstname.lastname@example.org.