Undergraduate Program

Internships

The Department of English’s internship program allows English majors to gain skill and academic credit, and meet people who can aid their careers. The program matches students with locally and nationally known commercial and nonprofit companies in, among other fields, literature, publishing, radio, television, and public relations.

For more information, or help with searching for and securing an internship, visit the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center.

Internship Program

The Department of English’s internship program helps majors create a fall or spring semester internship with one of nearly three dozen participating Upstate New York companies. It also allows students to create a summer independent study program anywhere in the world.

Internships let majors refine their field of interest, linking academic study and post-University careers for example:

  • The Rochester Broadway Theater League internships focus on public relations
  • National Public Radio affiliate WXXI internships focus on programming
  • Messenger-Post newspapers internships focus on writing and editing
  • Open Letter and University of Rochester Press internships focus on evaluating and acquiring books, reading untranslated books and/or sample translations, and writing for the web

Interns works 10-15 hours at the participating company, meeting key officials, earning four credit hours, and building skills and professional relationships. Interns are paired with a faculty advisor.

At the end of the semester, students submit a portfolio of their work and a 12-15 page essay describing the internship experience. We also invite students who plan to be on campus the semester following their internship to participate in an informal discussion with undergraduates who are interested in learning more about our internship program.

The summer independent study process is similar but allows majors to create an internship near where they live and work. Recent summer programs include NBC and ESPN Television; TV’s Dr. Phil, Tavis Smiley, and Tyra Banks shows; and major radio stations in New York, Chicago, and Boston.

Approval Process and Deadlines

Students interested in an internship in English should contact our undergraduate internship advisor Jim Memmott. Students in the Language, Media, and Communication track who need an internship to complete their requirements should contact the director of undergraduate studies. 

Students who are interested in internships within the Rare Books Department or any other department of the University library should also contact the director of undergraduate studies.

All internships must be approved by the department’s undergraduate internship advisor

Students planning a spring semester internship contact the undergraduate internship advisor no later than October 15, and that students planning a fall semester internship make contact no later than March 15.

The application process is straightforward, but please be sure to allow yourself enough time to select and interview for an internship, receive department approval, and fill out the necessary paperwork. It is never too early to contact us so that we can help you to sort through your internship and scheduling options.

Students asking for credit retroactively, after they have already begun their internships, risk not getting course credit for their internships.

Participating Organizations

Afterimage Al Sigl Center
American Red Cross Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Bausch and Lomb BOA Editions
Cerebral Palsy Association Democrat and Chronicle
Eastman Kodak Company FOX TV Rochester
George Eastman House GEVA Theatre
Image Word Sound Merrill Lynch Client Association
Messenger-Post Newspapers Monroe County Democratic Committee
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Planned Parenthood
University Communications, University of Rochester Office of Minority Student Affairs, University of Rochester
Open Letter Books, University of Rochester Rochester Broadway Theater League
Rochester Museum and Science Center Rochester Red Wings
University of Rochester Press Visiting Nurse Service
WHEC TV WHAM TV
Writers and Books WROC TV
WXXI Radio WYSL Radio
Tanenbaum Scholarship

In 2004 University alumnus John Tanenbaum ’85 endowed a fund to help English majors subsidize their housing, transportation, and other expenses in a summer internship. See the Tanenbaum Scholarship page for more information about funding for summer internships.

Theater Internship: Public Relations & Marketing (ENG 398)

A number of internships are available through the UR International Theatre Program. One of the most popular is our semester-long PR internship. PR interns help create all publicity materials for events in Todd Theatre or sponsored by the International Theatre Program, including drafting press releases, planning marketing campaigns, etc. They distribute publicity materials both on and off campus. Finally, PR interns staff the box office during productions, interacting with the public and the theatre personnel.