Internships

Internships can help English students to

  • hone their writing skills in a workplace,
  • try out different English-related careers,
  • gain experience,
  • make professional connections, and
  • build their resumes.

Research has shown that students who complete an internship are more likely to land a job after graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find an internship?

There are several ways that you can begin your internship search:

What type of internship might I pursue?

Your writing, editing, and research skills as English majors qualify you for a wide range of careers! English students pursue internships in editing, digital communications, grant writing, web content creation, and document design, among others activities. Explore our Intern Stories page to learn more about past students’ experiences!

Where do English students intern?

English majors and minors have interned with various organizations. Some of these organizations are local non-profits or businesses, such as

Other students intern with organizations right on campus, such as

Other students have completed remote internships from Orono or have completed internships over the summer back in their hometowns, such as

Will I get paid?

Some organizations do pay their interns, however many internships are unpaid. If you find an unpaid internship, you are eligible to apply for a Stephen E. King Chair Internship Fellowship. Fellowship recipients receive up to $15/hr for internship work that would otherwise be unpaid. Preference is also given to students who pursue internships with a social justice focus.

Interested students should reach out to Dr. Kathryn Swacha (kathryn.swacha@maine.edu), the English Department’s Internship Coordinator, or Dr. Caroline Bicks (caroline.bicks@maine.edu), the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature, for more information about these fellowships.

There is also funding available via Maine Career Catalyst’s Equity in Internships program.

Can I get college credit for my internship?

Yes! ENG 496: Field Experience in Professional Writing is a course you can take either during or right after your internship. Taking this course will earn you 3 credits towards your English degree and will help you to get the most out of your internship by offering you the chance to

  • workshop your writing,
  • learn professional writing principles,
  • prepare for future jobs, and
  • have faculty mentorship for your internship.

ENG 496 can also be used as your capstone! Please contact Dr. Katie Swacha (kathryn.swacha@maine.edu) for more information.