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ENG 4910 Internship

Internship Opportunities

ENG 4910 Internship

The English Department at Ohio University offers a junior- and senior-level course titled English 4910: Internship. This course provides an opportunity for students who are in their final years of study and approaching graduation to gain skills by working in a business, service or institutional setting.


English 4910 is useful for students considering careers in areas usually regarded as non-academic: professional or technical writing, research, editing or publishing, administration, and law. Many English majors traditionally have pursued careers in secondary and college teaching, but alumni report that a significant number of graduates enter alternative professions that utilize their skills in critical thinking, textual analysis, and written communication. Applying these skills in a working environment provided by a host organization will likely enrich students' professional preparation. Students who have worked as interns in the recent past have enjoyed an informative learning experience, while simultaneously contributing to their host organizations' needs.


Students must have a 3.2 GPA in the English major, a 3.0 GPA overall, and junior or senior standing.


Intern supervisors are asked to evaluate the student's work mid-semester and at the end of the term. At the end of the term, students write a report on their internship experience.

To Apply

First, student should send their DARS to Dr. Elizabeth Koonce, Internship Coordinator, to verify eligibility. They should be sure to identify to which internship they intend to apply for. Students will then be given further information regarding the application materials (i.e. resume, cover letter, and references) and application process.


Interns work with mentors, professionals who can guide them as they acquire skills related to the host organization's work. English 4910 is repeatable and some students work as interns for two semesters. Most interns commit to work from 10 to 15 hours per week. Some internships offer remuneration as well as academic credit.

Prospective interns may discover a venue for an internship independently, or they may work with the Internship Coordinator who may help them find a position. Several venues for internships are located on campus or in the Athens area, but location is not limited. Internships may also be pursued during the regular academic year, during the summer, or during the winter intercession.

Evaluation and Credit

Academic credit is limited to a maximum of six hours credit per semester, and it is awarded based on the number of hours worked. A portfolio describing one's experience and showing evidence of work performed and accomplished is required. Grades are credit/no credit, based on the portfolio and an evaluation by one's mentor.

Current Internship Opportunities

The English Department is currently offering the following internship opportunities. Students who qualify and wish to learn more about internships should contact Dr. Jill Ingram, Internship Coordinator, to schedule a meeting.

Academic Research Internships

Research Assistant in Medieval Studies

Expected duties: editorial work, including proofreading articles in final stages of readiness for a volume, checking bibliographical and footnote entries for both accuracy and style; and perhaps, some manuscript transcription and textual analysis

Anticipated hours: 15 to 20 hours a week

Library Internships

Assistant in the Music and Dance Library

Expected duties: help with various jobs and projects within this collection including shelving; research projects and exhibits; public relations; and other administrative duties.

Anticipated hours: Flexible hours, but consistent from week to week on a 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday schedule.

Assistant in the Art and Archives Department

Expected duties: prepare document and reports on Arts and Archives collections, services, and projects through research, analysis, and synthesis of written and statistical information; assist with the preparation of exhibits in the research and writing of labels, publicity, and other information; and other administrative duties as appropriate

Anticipated hours: 8 to 10 hours per week.

Editorial Internships

Editorial Assistant at Ohio University Press

Expected Duties: assist in editing or "cleaning" manuscripts; organize and file past projects; and attend book launches

Anticipated hours: 8 to 10 hours per week

Editorial Assistant at New Ohio Review

Expected duties: help document incoming submissions and contest entries; handle correspondence with both authors and editors; take part in organizing and proofreading the material for each issue; maintaining New Ohio Review's database; planning and promoting literary events; and helping to compose and design publicity efforts such as radio announcements and posters

Qualifications: superior language and organizational skills; experience with desktop publishing software (familiarity with InDesign and/or Photoshop) is desirable, but this is not at all a prerequisite for the job.

Anticipated hours: 6 to 10 hours per week

Community Internships

Internship with Athena Cinema

Expected Duties: design fliers; write and edit promotional material; marketing; and oversee social media outlets

Anticipated hours: 8 to 10 hours per week

Internship with ARTS/West

Expected Duties: opportunities in grant writing, grant research, and promotional writing, with particular focus on critical or expository writing about ARTS/West productions and programs

Anticipated hours: 10 hours per week

Internship with Stuart's Opera House

Expected duties: meet with staff to plan schedule and duties; assistance in grant preparation, research; events planning; and marketing assistance

Anticipated hours: varies, maybe 8 to 10 hours per week

Assistant at Athens Public Library

Expected duties: learn about the services and missions of the library system by conducting interviews with staff; plan, recruit, promote, set up and host a public library program/presentation/event; and shelving

Anticipated hours: 5 to 10 hours per week

Internship at Southeast Ohio Historical Center

Expected duties: research and transcription; public relations; education and curation

Anticipated hours: 8 to 10 hours per week

Law Internships

Assistant at Adam Baker and Associates

Expected Duties: gain experience in legal research; legal writing and preparation of documents; client relations; and office management

Anticipated hours: 15 hours per week

Qualifications: Should have an interest in law as a potential career

Intern at The Center for Student Legal Services

Expected duties: gain experience in legal research and legal writing; office management

Anticipated hours: 8 to 10 hours per week

Qualifications: Should have an interest in law as a potential career

Assistant to City Prosecutor

Expected duties: gain experience in legal research and legal writing; office management; possible opportunity to observe hearings

Anticipated hours: varies

Qualifications: Should have an interest in law as a potential career