Internship Guidelines

English and Linguistics Internships–ENGL 499 and LING 499–are part of the campus-wide internship program, offering qualified students the chance to learn and earn college credit through off-campus work experience.

Our interns have held positions with weekly and daily newspapers, radio and television stations, public relations departments of businesses and institutions (such as hospitals, museums, and city visitor centers), membership departments, law firms, technical writing businesses, libraries, schools, political offices–the list goes on and on.

 

English and Linguistics Internship Process

To arrange an internship for academic credit, you will need to work with both the ENLI Department and the Center for Career and Professional Development:

  • Review here the department’s information, including rules, timelines, and examples of English and Linguistics internships for academic credit.
  • Begin by talking with a member of the ENLI faculty who has supervised internships or by reviewing the enormous list of possibilities in Handshake, UMW Career Center’s online job and internship database.
  • Once you have secured an internship:
    • Obtain an Academic Internship Contract from the Career Center website, fill it out electronically, and get it signed by your on-site supervisor at the internship.
    • Create a departmental internship proposal (examples provided on this page) with the ENLI faculty member who will supervise the academic portion of your internship. Your statement should explain your qualifications for the internship, its relevance to your major, and the academic component on which you and your faculty adviser have agreed.
  • Finally, submit both the Academic Internship Contract and the departmental internship proposal to the ENLI Internship Coordinator by the appropriate due date. Once the department Internship Coordinator approves the form, the proposal materials will be given to the ENLI Chair to sign and forward directly to the Office of the Registrar.

In order to receive credit, internships must be approved before the internship takes place.

 

Rules and Guidelines for English and Linguistics Internships

The ENLI Department has established the following rules and guidelines regarding internships sponsored by the department.

  1. Internships are open only to juniors and seniors.
  2. Only three credits of ENGL 499 and LING 499 can count toward the English major. (In addition to these three, the student may earn up to six elective credits toward the degree.)  NOTE: typically 42 hours at the site are required for each credit awarded.
  3. The content of the internship must be appropriate to sponsorship by the ENLI Department. Typically, the internship draws on the writing, research, analytical, oral, and/or linguistic skills the department emphasizes.
  4. The internship must provide the student with a significant learning experience.
  5. The faculty member sponsoring the internship must have competency in the subject matter of the internship.
  6. The student must have education and/or experience appropriate to the internship. For example, any student seeking an internship involving linguistics–e.g. with a school speech therapist–must have taken LING 101 (Introduction to Linguistics) and preferably also a 300-level LING course.
  7. The proposal must be approved by the faculty sponsor and the departmental internship coordinator.
  8. A faculty member will sponsor no more than three internships per semester unless a faculty member is under a contract that explicitly includes the expectation of sponsoring more than three internships, has a teaching assignment that is adjusted for the internship overload, or receives additional financial compensation. Adjunct faculty will not sponsor internships unless specifically hired to do so.
  9. The academic component of an internship will typically include: a report by agency supervisor, a student journal or log, and a substantive student report or reflective student report of a specified page length, usually of at least five pages. Students may propose an equivalent alternative, but a portfolio of work produced within the internship is not enough to constitute an acceptable academic component. Students are strongly urged to present their reports at the Kemp Symposium.
  10. The internship application should specify the frequency of meetings with the adviser and the length of all writing assignments.

 

Internship Proposal Submission Process and Due Dates

For Fall or Spring semester internships:

  • The deadline is the end of the first week of classes each semester (Friday, 5 pm.).

For Summer internships, arrange the position with your faculty sponsor and the agency supervisor. You must submit your completed contract to the Office of the Registrar for approval after it is signed by the department chair. The deadline for summer internship proposals is the end of the spring semester.

In order to receive credit, internships must be approved before the internship takes place.

 

Sample Proposal

View a sample proposal here: Sample Internship Proposal ENLI_August 2021 .

Note: This file is best accessed using Safari or Firefox. If you are using Google Chrome or another web browser that has trouble accessing this document, copy and paste the following URL into your browser location bar to download the file:

http://cas.umw.edu/elc/files/2021/09/Sample-Internship-Proposal-ENLI_August-2021.docx

 

Checklist for Submitting Internship Proposals

To download a checksheet that lists the steps for submitting an internship, click here: Internship Checksheet August 2021.

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http://cas.umw.edu/elc/files/2021/08/InternshipChecksheet2021Aug.docx