Internships in Literary and Textual Studies
It's simple. Employers value internships—and internships often lead to jobs. Internships provide work experience and allow students to see how the skills they're learning in the classroom apply to the workplace.
Statistics of Internships from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):
- 60% of 2012 college graduates who participated in an internship received at least one job offer.
- 95% of employers are looking for college grads with experience.
- Organizations converted 58.6% of their interns into full-time hires (highest recorded percentage)
- 83.4% of employers say that their internship program is designed to help their organization recruit entry-level. (Florida International University, “What Are The Benefits Of An Internship?”)
"Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation. Students are doing internships as undergraduates, and it is now not unusual for recent grads to take an unpaid internship with hopes of turning it into a permanent position or at least making some contacts and building their résumé." (Melissa Benca, director of career services at Marymount Manhattan College)
Employers are looking for experiences like internships on your résumé:
- “Employers and graduate schools examine transcripts and résumés for evidence of experience beyond the classroom” –Charles Westerberg and Carol Wickersham (Chronicle of Higher Ed, “Internships Have Value, Whether or Not Students Are Paid”)
- “A staggering 95 percent of employers said candidate experience is a factor in hiring decisions, according to an annual survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)”
- “If you have completed internships, you will clearly have an edge over your classmates who haven’t.”
- “Employers increasingly see their internship programs as the best path for hiring entry-level candidates.”
- “You may get paid more when you graduate if you’ve done one or more internships.”
- “Internships enable you to take your career plan for a test drive.” (LiveCareer, “College Students: You Simply Must Do An Internship (Better Yet: Multiple Internships)!”)
Internships provide important benefits to you as a job applicant:
- Getting your foot in the door
- Opportunity to “test-drive your career”
- Chances to Network
- Gain “real world” perspective in a career field
- Acquiring new skills (CNN, “Why are internships so important?”)
Why Internships in Literary and Textual Studies?
You may not know it, but as a student majoring in Literary and Textual Studies, you possess many skills that employers value. Here's what employers are saying about why they hire English majors:
"Employers are looking to hire English majors because these applicants bring the following skills:
- Communication skills
- Writing skills
- Researching skills
- Critical thinking skills
“The trend of employers looking for both field-specific skills and broad skills indicates that employees who combine a liberal arts major—especially an English major—with another major degree, such as business, science or technology, will have a competitive advantage.” (Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires)
“I think what I appreciate most about English majors is that they are taught to think critically, and that is exactly what I want in my business. . . Writing ability: Whether it is a blog, an email to a client, an e-newsletter post, or an analysis of a problem, English majors win, hands down.” (Why I Hire English Majors)
- Can critically think and solve problems
- Relate to customers well
- Possess great writing skills
- Are bold
- Are easy to work with (Why entrepreneurs should hire English majors)
“But there’s something else we need: English majors. Why? Because as important as the technology is that powers our lives, businesses also depend on humanities-oriented communicators to articulate why the technology matters. Indeed, every technology company, and certainly every startup trying to make its imprint on the world, needs English majors. Perhaps many....
Businesses look to hire English majors in marketing fields because they are great storytellers and have the ability to synthesize and interesting thesis". (Whey Every Tech Company Needs An English Major)
Bracken Darrell, CEO of Logitech, says "The older I get, the more I realize the power of words and the power of words in making you think ... the best CEOs and leaders are extremely good writers and have this ability to articulate and verbalize what they're thinking." (Logitech CEO: "I Love Hiring English Majors")
Finding An Internship
A brief list of internships that have been brought to our attention. This is by no means exhaustive; these are merely the small number of employers seeking interns that have been brought to our attention.
If you're not sure where to find an internship, we suggest you begin here:
- Handshake (WSU's official way of connecting employers with students)
- Deseret News
- Career Services, which keeps a central listing for all academic departments
- Cold call organizations you wish to work for
- Job search web services, such as Angie's List
- An internship at your current job, if it will involve new projects related to your concentration and supervised by a professional in that area
Internships that develop writing, research, and analytical skills taught in the classroom are suitable. Internships do not have to be directly in the career field you hope to work in once you graduate—although that is certainly ideal. Students need to arrange a project or projects with their employer. This internship program requires students to create a portfolio of their work created during the internship—containing a Cover letter, Résumé, 5 samples of work created in the internship, 3 status reports to the instructor, and a reflective write-up of skills used and skills gained during the internship.
Some internships are paid; others are not. We actively encourage for-profit organizations to pay interns at least a stipend, but that decision is negotiated between the employer and the student.
Once you've identified an internship, enroll in ENGL 4900.
We will post internships that are brought to our attention here, as well:
Employer: Salt Lake Magazine
Period of Employment: All semesters
This is a writing and research intensive internship, and our interns work between 2-4 days a week and write weekly stories for the web as well as contribute to the print issue. Interns will assist editors with research, story prep and other projects critical to publishing a bimonthly magazine. Interns may also occasionally be asked to assist with projects for sister magazines Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design. The ideal candidate is a journalism or english major and will be able to receive school credit. Please contact Ashley Szanter (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and reference “Salt Lake magazine editorial internship” in the subject line of your email. We will send an application form which should be returned to Ashley via email, along with a current resume and a writing sample.
Employer: The Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service
Period of Employment: All semesters
At Walker Institute we are always seeking interns to serve in Congressional or other government or nonprofit offices in Washington D.C., at the Utah State Legislature and other state level organizations, and with local institutions.
As you may know, we've had a gap of over three months between the departure of the former director, Dr. Carol McNamara, and my appointment. Thus we are urgently trying to spread the invitation to students, across disciplines, who may have an interest in the community intern experience. Obviously, these internships can be valuable to the students in many ways.
Contact: email@example.com | Science Lab Bld Rm 323 A&B | 801-626-6252 | http://www.weber.edu/walkerinstitute
Employer: Sundance Film Festival
Period of Employment: February, 2018
Sundance Film Festival 2018:
Our application is currently open! Here is the link to apply: https://www.shiftboard.
We have volunteer opportunities ranging in flexibility and time commitment. These opportunities are in Salt Lake City AND Park City. They can be a Sign Up volunteer and have a 24 hour shift minimum requirement with a flexible schedule. They can sign up for Half Fest with a 40 hour shift minimum requirement and a schedule that is given to them. Or finally, they can be a Full Time volunteer with an 80 hour shift minimum requirement, and a schedule that is given to them.
We have a wide variety of positions ranging from Theatre Operations, to Venue Assistance, to Flex volunteers, to Transportation, etc. We are more than happy to answer any questions they may have about volunteering if they email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 435-776-7870.
Our benefits vary, and cannot be guaranteed from year to year. However, film vouchers are earned for hours worked.
Summer Labs Program:
During the summer we recruit for drivers to come and live at the resort for a few months! They will primarily be driving to and form the airport, and around the mountain. However, as time allows they will also have a chance to get involved with the film projects on the mountain. For this position they are housed and fed.
We are also looking for local Production Assistants.These positions are not lodged, but are fed. It is a great experience that gets local film students working on a real set with professionals in the industry.
If they are interested in either of these positions they can reach out to us in February at the email and phone number listed above.
Summer Film Series:
During the summer we also look for volunteers to help out in Salt Lake and Park Cty with our community screenings for our Summer Film Series. It is a really fun way to get involved, and is an easy volunteer position. Duties include administering surveys, passing out treats, and helping with drawings and activities.
Please send any students our way at email@example.com and we can answer any other questions. We are also looking into to the other areas we discussed and hope to have more information to provide soon. If you have not heard from us by mid-October please feel free to reach out and we can give an update!
Employer: Ogden Surgical-Medical Society
Period of employment: November 20, 2017 to May 18, 2018
Job Description: "The student will learn how to write basic grants, learn how to use their writing for accreditations for our organization, learn to write press releases, learn to write to other organizations, and learn how to help me organize a conference with tools I can teach them. . . . The student does not need any science or medical background, at all. I am interested in a person that is a good speller, checks their work, and is detail-orientated...and all the qualities mentioned above."
Contact: Teresa Puskedra, Executive Director. teresapuskedra@ogdensurgical.
com | 801-564-5585
Employer: LDS Church Magazines
Period of Employment: January - April, 2018
Job Description: The LDS Church Magazines, General Publications Editing, and Seminaries and Institutes offer paid internships in editing, writing, web content, and design that give students four months of experience in print and digital writing, editorial, and publishing work.
Contact: Alyssa Kay Nielsen | firstname.lastname@example.org | (801) 240-3738