The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics Internship is a program that provides you with opportunities to apply your skills in an employment situation, to gain on-the-job experience, to work with professionals in academic and non-academic environments where literature, language, and writing skills are in active use, and to try out tentative occupational choices.
If you are planning a teaching career, the internship can be used to satisfy the introduction to teaching prerequisite for admission to the credential program. If you are contemplating a non-teaching career, it can sharpen your resume and interview skills, and provide you with experience that can give you an edge in seeking professional employment. In some instances, internships have led to full-time careers after graduation.
Completion of the internship course provides Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics majors with three units of credit towards graduation. (Note: these units are CR/NC and so will not count as elective units for your major.) Positions generally require 10 hours per week of activity, or 120 hours for a three-unit course. You may also register for a one- or two-unit internship and work 40 or 80 hours for the units. In most instances, the hours are flexible and can be designed around your class schedule. Some internships may also be remote. While most positions are unpaid, some are salaried.
Recent and current internships include: 1) various kinds of applied research, writing and editing positions in government agencies, museums, libraries, colleges, legal clinics, and non-profit organizations; 2) writing-oriented positions in private industry: advertising and public-relations firms, special interest magazines, technical writing; 3) tutoring, teacher-aide positions, and the teaching of English as a second language. Students may also generate their own positions.
Students need to complete four steps to take ENGL 498.
Step 1: Find an internship.
Step 2: Register for ENGL 498.
Step 3: Register your internship with the Center for Internships and Community Engagement (CICE).
Step 4: Check the ENGL 498 Canvas course
During the registration process, be sure to select the number of units you would like to earn for the course.
ENGL 498 is a variable unit course. As you register for the course, you have the option to select 1, 2, or 3 units.
If you will be at the internship a total of 40 hours or more over the course of the semester, you may register for 1 unit.
If you will be at the internship a total of 80 hours or more over the course of the semester, you may register for 2 units.
If you will be at the internship a total of 120 hours or more over the course of the semester, you may register for 3 units.
If you have any questions about the course, or for further information on registering for fall or spring internships, please contact the internship coordinator:
J. Chris Westgate
Office Phone: (657) 278-3318
If you have questions about finding an internship or registering your internship, please contact the Center for Internships and Community Engagement (CICE).
Location: Langsdorf Hall, Room 206 (LH-206)
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Phone: (657) 278-3746
Fax: (657) 278-1217
CICE can direct you to the database where you can find hundreds of internships listed. You may also access the database by going to the Center, LH-206.