Internships give English department majors the opportunity to explore potential careers, practice their skills (writing, research, editing, communications, analysis) in the workplace, and start building professional networks.
Department of English Internships
- Editorial Intern, American Literary History
- Editorial Intern, Journal of English and Germanic Philology
- Editorial Intern, Ninth Letter
ATLAS Internships (like our department internships, these are unpaid but eligible for academic credit via ENGL 199 – INT). To apply for any of the four internships below, use this link.
- Website Content Strategist Internship
- User Support and Documentation Specialist Internship
- Communication Specialist Internship
- Social Media Specialist Internship
Current Campus and Local Internship Opportunities
FAQ: English/CW Majors and Research Park Internships (link fixed)
Should You Work for Free? (on unpaid internships)
- LAS 101 Internship, College of LAS (link requires logging into Handshake)
- LAS 102 Internship (for transfer students only), College of LAS (link requires logging into Handshake)
- Marketing and Communication Internship, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (link requires logging into Handshake)
- Social Media Intern, Common Ground Research Networks, Research Park
- User Experience/Graphic Design Intern, Common Ground Research Networks, Research Park
- Office Management Intern, Brunswick Corporation (link requires logging into Handshake)
- District Office Intern, US Congressman Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) (unpaid; link requires logging into Handshake)
- Technical PR Specialist (spring internship open to students graduating in May ’18 and interesting in full-time employment with company after graduation), Wolfram (link requires logging into Handshake)
- Community Management/Brand Management Intern, St. Michael’s Group, Research Park
- ATLAS internships (rolling application)
Other Resources for Finding Internships
- Handshake, the database of job and internship opportunities maintained by the University of Illinois Career Center.
- The Virtual Job Board maintained by the Office of Student Financial Aid, which is mostly a resource for part-time jobs but sometimes has internship postings.
- Interested in internships at the Smithsonian? A list of their annual internship deadlines is here.
- This blog post on the 25 companies that pay their interns the most.
- This blog post on writing for video games.
- For opportunities in the publishing industry (many unpaid): Bookjobs.com
Not Sure Whether or Not to Apply? Internships are not the only way to get professional experience. Part-time jobs, involvement in student organizations or publications, and volunteer opportunities can also help you explore potential career paths, build your professional network, and acquire skills. An internship is a good choice if you have reason to believe that the specific organization, the skills you will use, and kind of oversight you get will help you refine your career goals or advance toward them. An internship is not a good choice if your only motivation is the conviction that you should do an internship. Not sure where you stand? Feel free to make an appointment with Kirstin Wilcox (333-4346) to discuss your options. The following are also helpful: