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Being an English major means you are gaining the skills to go into a wide variety of career paths. As an English major, you can succeed in a variety of careers because the skills you gain are invaluable and transferrable to a variety of contexts. These skills include effective written and oral communication, understanding different perspectives, imaginative vision, critical and creative thinking, and research skills and experience. Students, in their own words, reflect on how an internship helped them:
"I Iearned how to write for specific audiences, from formal writing to business writing, to writing for the public." "I developed more confidence in myself and in my ability to work in groups." "I learned how to overcome imposter syndrome in the workplace and learn from my mistakes." "My internship has given me numerous practical skills, specifically skills involving writing and communication." "My internship has made me feel much more comfortable about joining the workforce after graduation."
Internships are one way that students gain experience in different careers and workplaces and form professional connections that will help them succeed after graduation. In fact, many companies and organizations seek out UD English majors for internships because they know how diverse their talents and strengths are.
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English majors have many marketable skills, and those skills can lead to many different career paths. Internships are designed to help students think about those career options and acquire experience that will help them as they begin their careers while earning course credit. Here are the English Department's internship options:
English 464 provides an opportunity for students to receive credit for gaining practical, professional, hands-on work experience related to their English degree. Previous internships have included work in hospitals, publishing houses, and on-campus opportunities. ENGL464 is supervised by the English department internship coordinator and the on-site internship supervisor. ENGL464 counts towards University Capstone and Discovery Learning Experience credit. In order to be eligible, you must
This internship is an opportunity for students to devote themselves to a topic related to their field of study by working alongside a faculty member. This may be done through work experience (much like ENGL464 above), an independent research project, or as a research assistant for a larger field project such as working in a museum or creating a website. In order to be eligible, you must
Please contact Professor Jessica Edwards from the English Department or CAS Internship Coordinator
Lois Stoehr to discuss these options.