English 390: Internship Program

Internships - go beyond the classroom!

Internship Application (pdf)

English Department internships are the equivalent of fieldwork in the diverse professions and graduate studies for which the major prepares students. Our program places majors and minors in a wide variety of on- and off-campus positions in professions such as law, publishing, print and broadcast journalism, social service, government, and education, among others. Students work 10 to 15 hours a week at their internship site, meet with other interns once a month and - as part of the 3-credit academic component - study the issues involved and write about their experiences.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
To qualify for admission to the Internship Program, a student must be a junior or senior English major or minor with a 3.0 GPA in English and a 2.5 overall GPA.

APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM
The application process is a three-step procedure:

  1. Complete a short application form online.
  2. Arrange for placement conference with the Director of the Program, who will help you select an internship.
  3. The final step is placement at an internship site.

The deadline for applications is rolling throughout Advance Registration.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Academic component: monthly seminars, weekly reports, final project. Students also choose among other options, including interviewing a working professional, or research.

On-site requirements: 10 to 15 hours a week at the internship and satisfactory midterm and final evaluations from site supervisor.

English 390 is a three-credit, one semester course, graded S/U.

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS
The Internship Program maintains a roster of placements from which students choose to apply, and the Director of the Program counsels students throughout the entire placement process.

Note that these are not the only sites available, and that there are many ways students find internships, including consulting counselors in the University’s Career Services office. Enterprising students may even identify internships on their own. Below, some of the Internship Program’s most popular and rewarding sites:

ARTS

Albany Institute of History & Art
Intern works with museum staff to develop print and digital materials intended for classroom use, and assists with archival projects in the museum’s collections, cataloguing and transcribing historical documents and artifacts

Center for Arts In Education
Intern assists in all aspects of organization’s efforts to integrate art and performing artists into area schools, including managing online media presence and grant-writing

Saratoga County Arts Council
Promoting cultural activities in the Saratoga region, intern assists in grant-writing and administration

BUSINESS

Downtown Albany Business District
Intern acts as primary editorial coordinator for a print and online newsletter specializing in business and consumer affairs

EDUCATION

Adirondack Community College Writing Center
In one-on-one sessions, tutors undergraduates in all aspects of their writing, and participates in presenting workshops

Albany Institute of History & Art
Intern works with museum staff to develop print and digital materials intended for classroom use, and assists with archival projects in the museum’s collections, cataloguing and transcribing historical documents and artifacts

Albany Public Library
In addition to shadowing library staff, intern is responsible for developing digital educational projects, including podcasting and social networking sites for the library

Alumni House
Intern assists in the planning and implementation of major University events, including Commencement

Center for Arts In Education
Intern assists in all aspects of organization’s efforts to integrate art and performing artists into area schools, including managing online media presence and grant-writing

Colonie Center High School
Intern actively engaged in classroom observation, grading, and lesson-planning, ultimately teaching lessons to a high-school English class

English Department Advisement Office
In one-on-one sessions with students, interns review degree audits and advise English majors on pre-registration decisions, program choices, and degree completion

Center for Arts In Education
Intern assists in all aspects of organization’s efforts to integrate art and performing artists into area schools, including managing online media presence and grant-writing

New York State Museum Education Office
Intern provides individual after-school tutoring for inner-city schoolchildren, ages 8-13

St. Anne’s Institute
Intern acts as classroom assistant in a residential school for adolescent girls in crisis

Two Together After School Tutoring
Intern supervises children after school, tutors one-on-one, developing individual reading, writing, and literacy strategies

Waldorf School
Intern provides classroom assistance in a program that emphasizes developmental and creative approaches to early childhood education

JOURNALISM: Digital, Broadcast & Print

Albany Times Union
Features intern interviews concert performers and writes blogs for daily newspaper entertainment website

Downtown Albany Business District
Intern acts as primary editorial coordinator for a print and online newsletter specializing in business and consumer affairs

Radio and Television ▪ North News 8 ▪ WAMC ▪ WMHT ▪ WNYT ▪ WRGB ▪ WTEN
At local and regional stations, interns assist in producing news, sports, entertainment, and public affairs coverage

LAW, GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC POLICY

Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Affairs Division
Functioning as the consumer’s advocate, interns mediate and resolve consumer complaints

Center For Law And Justice

Intern assists legal staff in pro bono consultations for clients who cannot otherwise afford legal services

Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Intern acts as research assistant to Education Director, providing resources and policy advocacy in national and local legislative and programming efforts

Empire State Development
Intern participates in the I LOVE NEW YORK campaign, writing, editing, and proofreading, and conducts research and media analysis

Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office
Intern assists Legislative Affairs staff and is responsible for weekly reports and schedules

The Legal Project
Intern assists legal staff in pro bono consultations for clients who cannot otherwise afford legal services

New York State Senate and Assembly
Intern attends meetings, observes legislative sessions, and is involved in the day-to-day business of individual legislators’ offices (writing and telephoning constituents, elected officials, and organizations)

New York State Education Department
Interacting with a wide variety of public educational leaders, intern reviews national research and creates materials for surveys and web communication

United States Senate: Office of Senator Kristin Gillibrand
Internships available in numerous departments of the Senator’s office including Community Affairs, Constituent Affairs, Legislative, Press, Regional Issues, Research

NON-PROFITS

Center for Arts In Education
Intern assists in all aspects of organization’s efforts to integrate art and performing artists into area schools, including managing online media presence and grant-writing

Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Intern acts as research assistant to Education Director, providing resources and policy advocacy in national and local legislative and programming efforts

Community Caregivers
Intern writes articles and press releases for organization devoted to preserving quality of life of the elderly

Hunger Action Network
For a coalition that combines research, education, and advocacy, intern contacts legislators, writes press releases, conducts surveys, and contributes to newsletter

The Legal Project
Intern assists legal staff in pro bono consultations for clients who cannot otherwise afford legal services

Planned Parenthood
Intern tracks Congressional candidates and legislators, prepares endorsements, and assists in lobbying efforts on behalf of women’s health care legislation and sex education

Saratoga County Arts Council
Promoting cultural activities in the Saratoga region, intern assists in grant-writing and administration

PUBLISHING: WRITING, EDITING, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Barzakh
Intern participates in all aspects of the production and development of the English Department’s new online literary magazine, including research, archiving, promotion, editing, and manuscript evaluation

Campus Update
Intern interviews, researches, and writes articles for print and online campus publication, covering newsmakers and campus events

Capital Region Living Magazine
Intern writes articles, generates story ideas, proofreads, and oversees calendar items for Albany lifestyle and service magazine

Downtown Albany Business District
Intern acts as primary editorial coordinator for a print and online newsletter specializing in business and consumer affairs

Fence Magazine
Intern assists with all aspects of independent small press publishing for University’s literary magazine, including correspondence, manuscript evaluation, subscription management, and promotion and marketing

Mount Ida Press
Intern assists in the editing and production of publications devoted to the preservation of historic architecture

SUNY Press
Internships available in all divisions of this scholarly press - including Acquisitions, Production, Rights and Permissions, Marketing, and Sales

Times Union
Features intern interviews concert performers and writes blogs for Albany daily newspaper entertainment website

Writers Institute
Intern transcribes interviews with authors appearing in the Visiting Writers Series and on the Radio Book Show

Zls Publising
Working with authors and other editors, intern participates in all aspects of book production

For more information contact Holly McKenna, the English Internship Director.

Internship Application (pdf)