Internships offer a unique bridge to the professional world, and ours have led many of our English majors to amazing careers. The English Department works with partners in different media and organizations to bring its students exciting internship opportunities in fields such as journalism, editing, website development, marketing, and more. As a result, we have had a track record placing interns in high quality positions that consistently lead to good jobs in a very competitive and changing media market. For instance, UMBC English graduates have worked at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., The Baltimore Sun, The Annapolis Capital-Gazette, The Virginian Pilot, Discovery, and National Geographic. Students also may apply for internships with the Kauffman Foundation and the Shriver Center.
For more than twenty years, UMBC’s English Department (journalism minor) has placed students in valuable internships with a variety of major news organizations in the greater Baltimore-Washington area. Dozens of UMBC students have worked as interns, gaining important experience, with The Baltimore Sun, The City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style, Baltimore Post-Examiner, Loch Raven Review, WYPR-FM (Baltimore’s NPR affiliate), and many local and regional publications. Please contact Christopher Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Other English Department internship programs include:
The Washington Independent Review of Books: three internships every fall, spring, and summer—a Young-Adult Fiction Writer/Researcher position, a Reader Relations Assistant position, and a Marketing Design Researcher, each about five hours per week, with most of the work online.
The YA intern researches forthcoming YA titles for review by WIRoB, edits reviews and in some cases writes them as well, and publicizes reviews on social media. The Reader Relations intern maintains WIRoB’s online events calendar, by finding and evaluating literary events appropriate for the calendar, communicating with event coordinators, and inputting events into the calendar. The Marketing Design Researcher analyzes the advertising potential of the organization’s website, exploring options and approaches and passing these on to the staff at WIRoB.
These internships are a great introduction to the editing and publishing world. Interested students should contact Sally Shivnan at email@example.com for more information and check out the WIRoB website.