Students can gain valuable professional practice in internships to prepare for their After Mary Washington futures.
Each semester and in summer, the Department of English and Linguistics offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to design applied learning opportunities by working with organizations and working in close collaboration with sponsoring faculty.
Spring 2023 Internships
See stories from our English and Linguistics interns below.
Elsa Howell with Virginia Folklife Program
In my last semester at UMW, I had the pleasure of interning with the Virginia Folklife Program through UMW’s English department. It was an immersive and exciting experience for me as a writer, a poet, and a musician. I would encourage any students who enjoy historic literature, music, poetry, or folklore to apply for an internship with the Virginia Folklife Program.
The Folklife Program gave me professional writing experience by requiring me to write a creative article for their online publication. I felt prepared for this type of professional writing because of my skills learned studying literature and writing conventions at UMW. I had the joy of creative freedom and I got to tell my story from my own perspective.
In addition to a published article, I gained experience during my internship. I learned how to use new computer programs and how to conduct very specific research. I also got to listen to several interviews from the Folklife archive that inspired me to continue writing and creative music. My passion for music and writing have truly overlap perfectly with this internship!
For more information about Elsa’s internship, see:
- “Appalachian Ballad Singing” by Katy Clune, Virginia Folklife Program, part of Virginia Humanities
- “Folklife Apprenticeship Celebration at the Taubman Museum of Art“
- “Home Is the Sound of Rivers and Crooked Roads” by Elsa Howell; article includes a link to a performance by Elsa.
Brooke Hyatt: Hiring and Marketing Internship with Plato Learning Summer Camps
My English major background prepared me for my HR Hiring and Marketing Internship with Plato Learning Summer Camps in several ways. Part of my internship requirements were to analyze job postings and candidate resumes with a critical eye, ensuring that the best candidate for the position was selected. I was able to put my analytical and close reading skills to good use, reading between the lines and determining what skills and experiences were necessary for the role and how to identify potential red flags in candidates. I was fortunate enough to take English courses that taught me how to effectively analyze what lies beyond literature to prepare me for this role.
Additionally, my research skills allowed me to source candidates from a variety of different channels, including social media, job boards, and recruiting events, which I accumulated through the writing requirements of the Major. Another requirement of my internship was to have strong communication skills, skills that were honed in courses such as my Oscar Wilde seminar, and my “Literature of the Great War” class, where I was challenged to dig deep and facilitate sometimes uncomfortable conversations that ultimately led to deeper understanding of the material for all involved.
My interdisciplinary thinking skills have allowed me to approach problems and challenges from different angles, bringing a unique perspective to the team. By combining my English major skills with my HR and marketing internship experience, I was able to make a valuable contribution to the team and develop a strong foundation for my future career.