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INTERNSHIPS

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 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-ExaminerLoch Raven Review, WYPR-FM (Baltimore’s NPR affiliate), and many local and regional publications. Please contact Christopher Corbett at corbett@umbc.edu for more information.

Other English Department internship programs include:

The Washington Independent Review of Books: three internships every fall and spring—a Young-Adult Fiction Writer/Researcher position, a Reader Relations Assistant position, and a Marketing Design Researcher, each about eight 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 shivnan@umbc.edu for more information and check out the WIRoB website.

FINDING AN INTERNSHIP

At mid-semester, the department’s Internship Coordinator will also distribute a list of other internship opportunities available for the coming semester to English majors and minors. Contact Internship Coordinator Deborah Rudacille if you have questions about earning internship credit.

In addition, you are encouraged to visit the UMBC Career Center to gain access to the many internship opportunities posted in UMBCworks. The Career Center offers appointments for assistance with your internship or job search, resume/cover letter reviews, interview preparation, and career-decision making.

EARNING INTERNSHIP CREDIT

The English department offers students the opportunity to earn internship credit, with faculty permission. To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be an English major or minor.
  • You must have a 3.0 GPA or above.
  • You must be a sophomore, junior or senior.
  • The internship must relate directly to English coursework.

How to Obtain Credit:

  1. Register for the Career Center’s Intern Success Practicum. This is a required component of earning internship credit through the English department. The Practicum is zero-credit, pass/fail, and free of cost. Details can be found here. If you have questions, please contact internships@umbc.edu.To register for the Practicum, you may either make a Career Center appointment or submit your registration online:
    • Log into UMBCworks
    • Under the Shortcuts, click the second link (“Practicums”)
    • Click “Add New Experience” and submit all required fields. Please note that you should upload an offer letter/email from your employer to verify your internship.
  2. Once you are registered for the Practicum, the Career Center will submit a credit request on your behalf to the appropriate faculty member. When you are granted permission, you must register yourself for ENGL495 prior to the Registrar’s Office deadline for internship course registration.