Internship Opportunities Abound
Whether you are a new, weathered, or prospective graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, you musn’t forget about the abundance of internship opportunities available to you! The English Department created a formal internship program about 20 years ago, and today – thanks to the hard work of Deanna Ludwin, John Calderazzo, and others – it boasts an excellent array of rigorous, professional, and intriguing internships. Internship areas include – but are by no means limited to – supervised college teaching; community literacy; teaching English as second/foreign language; editing and publishing; grant-writing and research; online course development and editing; and public education. As a CW graduate student, you may count up to 6 internship credits towards your degree.
Internship Definition (courtesy of CSU’s Career Center):
An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives. (Definition formulated in May 2010 by internship professionals subscribed to the Internship-Net listserv.)
Why do an Internship?
An academic internship at the graduate level offers students myriad ways to not only explore possible career options but to apply their knowledge and skill sets in environments that are challenging and professional. Whether you are interested in a career in teaching/education, publishing, or non-profit work, the internships available to graduate students through the English Department Internship Program are demanding, exciting, and rewarding ; experiences that will meet your own expectations as a graduate student intern. Employers often prefer to work with graduate students, recognizing the higher level thinking and aptitude students at this level can bring to an internship.
Some examples of past and current internships completed by and available to English graduate students at CSU include The Center for Literary Publishing and the Colorado Review; Literacy through Prose and Poetry; The Community Literacy Center; The Institute for Learning and Teaching at CSU; Intensive English Program/INTO CSU; and Supervised College Teaching in Composition and Creative Writing. There are also many excellent off-campus internships available, and some are offered on a fairly regular basis. Some examples are: Bloomsbury Review; Bailiwick Press; Poudre River Library District; Ruminate Magazine; Trees, Water, People; Interweave Press; Evergreen Custom Media and Fort Collins Magazine; and High Country News.
For more information on internship credit, eligibility, and available internships, please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu, and be sure to visit the English Department internships program website: http://english.colostate.edu/undergrad/internships
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