Internship Program | Department of English

Internship Program


The UNCG English Department Internship Program allows students to earn course credit for completing an internship that involves significant technical or persuasive writing, research, teaching, journalism, editing, and/or the creative imagination. In general, it is the student’s responsibility to find and apply for an internship. Once the internship is secured, the student must complete a short application and obtain approval from the English Department Internship Coordinator to utilize the program. Lastly, students will register for a section of English 401/402 in the term during which they are completing their internship.

 Securing an Internship

Students are encouraged to begin their internship search by making an appointment with the UNCG Career and Professional Development office. Career & Professional Development (CPD) is located on the lower level of the Elliot University Center (EUC). CPD offers extensive support for resume development, finding an internship, and applying for positions. They can also help students navigate opportunities available through Handshake (a website that gathers internship and employment openings for students).

 Internship Program Requirements


  1. English major, junior or senior status
  2. 3.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Basic computing skills
  4. Recommendation of a UNCG English Department faculty member
  5. Approval by the English Internship Coordinator

Procedure for Applying

  1. Make an appointment with Career & Professional Development. Identify and apply to qualifying internships.
  2. Contact the English Department Internship Coordinator (see below for coordinator contact info). Make an appointment with the coordinator to discuss the internships you’re applying for and how they might qualify for the program.
  3. Once you’ve been hired/taken as an intern (or if you have already arranged an internship), print off an application (link below) from the English Department website. Fill out the application, indicating the organization you will work for and the person at that organization who will supervise the internship.
  4. Ask your internship supervisor at the organization to complete the reference form. Submit your application and reference form to the Internship Coordinator
  5. The Internship Coordinator will review your application. If they approve it, they will send you a letter and send a letter with a copy of your application to the host organization.
  6. Register for a section of 401/402 (the Internship Coordinator will let you know which to sign up for).

Requirements and Grades

  1. The intern should do about 130 hours of work on the job, spread out over the semester or summer.
  2. Although the English Department does not object to an organization’s paying interns if it so chooses, the organization is under no obligation to do so.
  3. At the end of the internship, the intern will submit to the Internship Coordinator two things:
    1. A portfolio of work done on the job
    2. A report describing and assessing the internship experience. The portfolio should include all the intern’s work or at least a representative sampling of it. The paper should be four-to-six pages long (typewritten, double-spaced).
  1. At the end of the internship, the job supervisor will provide an evaluation to the Internship Coordinator evaluating the intern’s work and suggesting a grade for the course.
  2. Based on the job supervisor’s evaluation and the intern’s portfolio and report, the Internship Coordinator will assign the intern a grade.

 Internship Course Descriptions

English 401: Internship in Journalism and Editing is for students completing internships in journalism and editing (3 credit hours).

English 402: Internship in English Studies is for students completing internships that call upon their knowledge and abilities in technical and persuasive writing, research, teaching, and/or the creative imagination (3 credit hours).

Reference Form

Internship Coordinator:

Professor Xhenet Aliu
Internship Coordinator
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