Department of English

Practicum

"In 2008 the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 83% of graduating students had held internships." (NY Times).

Apply Your Skills

The Practicum is an off-campus writing experience intended to provide English majors with the opportunity to apply their writing skills in actual business, technical, or professional situations. Any English major may enroll in the Practicum. The Practicum is not required although either a Practicum, experiential-learning or service-learning course is a requirement of the new Journalism and Professional Writing concentration (start date Sept. 1). The English Department Internship Coordinator oversees the program and can help students find appropriate placements according to their interests and career goals.

Each semester a list of student internships arranged through the UMass Lowell English Department is released via the English Dept. student listserv and bulletin board. Students with a variety of career goals will find these internships appealing. Yes, not just students who want to pursue editing and publishing or public relations, but those contemplating graduate school or teaching careers can all benefit.

Discuss Internships with Your Advisor

Students sometimes arrange their own internships or volunteer positions. We applaud those independent efforts. While there are many wonderful opportunities available for experiential learning, not all of the situations that students find are suitable. Please be careful not to put yourself at risk in an unsafe or exploitative placement. Also, student-initiated placements are not automatically eligible for practicum credit, students must apply for approval. All students are encouraged to discuss any internship opportunities with their advisor or with the Department Internship Coordinator.

Every semester informational meetings are held to answer questions about the range of opportunities available. At these meetings, the Career Services and Cooperative Education Center also provides a free resume writing and interviewing workshop to help prepare students for landing an internship. These meetings will be announced via the department's student listserv and on flyers in the English Department office.

Overview

Our Practicum Presentation (ppt) provides an overview of the program. If you think you may be interested in applying for any of our departmental internships or if you wish to explore opportunities other than those listed, please fill out a Request for Service-Learning or Experiential Learning Placement (doc) form and submit it to the English Department's Internship Coordinator, Prof. Diana Archibald (please leave completed applications in her box in the English Dept. office - do not email them).

Please Note: We cannot guarantee placement in an internship. Many factors contribute to such decisions.

Students may contact the English Department Internship Coordinator, Diana Archibald, at any time with questions. Call 978-934-4199.

News

"The Unpaid Intern, Legal or Not" - NY TIMES