English Department Internships
Wondering what to do with your English degree? Want to gain experience in a professional field before graduating? Internships are an ideal way for you to explore potential avenues for future employment and gain real-world experience that you can put on your resume when you graduate.
Penn State Brandywine’s English department has a strong track record of successfully placing majors in internships in recent years. One English major interned as a law clerk for Steven D. Costello, Esq., Principal Attorney at Post and Schell, P.C., Philadelphia, and a leading professional in malpractice litigation. Another pursued her passion for theater as a theater production assistant with the Logos Theatre in Taylors, South Carolina! Closer to home, one English graduate’s internship as an Honors Program assistant on Brandywine’s campus helped her land an excellent first job as a production editor at Taylor & Francis, an international academic publisher.
Internships provide opportunities for you to network with local professionals and see firsthand the kind of professions that English majors pursue after graduation. As an intern, you will work with a field supervisor, who provides mentoring and feedback throughout the internship. The supervisor assesses your knowledge of the subject area, specifically language skills, writing ability, oral communication, and critical thinking skills. English interns also meet regularly with the department’s internship coordinator to review progress during the experience.
Although not required for the English degree, the major offers both a credit and a non-credit internship experience, and typically students will enroll in ENGL 495 (3-6 credits). English majors often enroll in an internship beginning in the fifth semester (either for a one or two 3-credit experience totaling six credits toward the degree). Students considering an internship often complete CN ED 280-The Internship Experience, a one-credit addition.
For more information, contact James Berkey, [email protected], the department’s Spring 2022 internship coordinator.