Get experience in the real world, make inroads in your future career or experiment with vocations that pique your interest. At Calvin, you'll be well positioned to get your start in Grand Rapids, the Christian publishing capital of the world.

Do an internship in English at Calvin by taking ENGL-380: Internships.

Recent internship highlights

Here are some of the wide variety of internships at which English majors have been successful—from traditional work in publishing or journalism to an exciting array of unexpected, challenging, and satisfying opportunities.

Steps toward Registration in English 380

  1. Submit an Intention to Intern form to the English Department before or during advising recess in the semester prior to when you plan to enroll in English 380.
  2. Consult your advisor and the English 380 instructor.
  3. Register for ENGL-380 during your normal registration period. Leave some blocks of time in your class schedule so that you can travel to and work at your internship 8-10 hours per week.

Getting an Internship (PDF)

  1. begin searching for spring internships in early November, or fall internships in early April.
  2. Prepare your resume. Models and help are available in Career Development.
  3. Go to CalvinLink » on the Career Development web page to find the available internships.
  4. Search thoroughly using a variety of terms. Search widely and frequently. Keep an open mind about the kind of placement that might meet your needs and teach you about yourself, vocation, and career options.
  5. Investigate organizations, businesses, publications on your own. Follow your interests; make contacts. Draw on personal connections for information.
  6. Solicit help from the English 380 instructor, and from Career Development staff.
  7. Apply & interview. Take this step very seriously. Research the company. Prepare and dress appropriately. Send an email to your English 380 instructor each time you get an interview.
  8. Notify your English 380 instructor and Career Development when you have accepted an internship.

When to take English 380

Most students take it in their senior year after they have taken courses in writing, grammar, or graphics that will equip them for their internships and when they generally feel more free to give the course the extra time it sometimes takes. Then, too, since internships sometimes serve as stepping-stones to jobs, many students prefer to take them as seniors when they are ready to search for jobs.

On the other hand, some students use the internship to explore their possible vocations. They may, for example, be interested in working for a publishing house, writing for a non-profit organization, or working on a magazine. The internship, then, can give then a sense of the direction that they may want—or may want not—to go.

Students may take English 380 twice for graduation credit, so some students do an internship in both their junior and senior years.

Time requirements

Plan to spend 8-10 hours per week at the internship site. It will be up to you to set up your work schedule with your internship supervisor. Arrange your class schedule so that you will have time to work at your internship.

Class meeting time

The class meets once each week as an evening seminar, which means that the students carry considerable responsibility for presentation and discussion. Check the course schedule for the meeting time.

The Career Development » page offers plenty of general information on internships.

You can search for a specific internship by logging into CalvinLink ».

Kinds of Internships that Satisfy the Internship Requirement

A very wide range of internships can work well for English majors. A writing major interested in publishing or journalism would, of course, look for an internship in one of those areas; or a linguistics major might take advantage of internships in translation work or teaching ESL. But in general, if an internship gives you the opportunity to read analytically, conduct research, or write, then it can work for you: it will allow you to practice the very marketable skills that you develop as an English major.

The Main Lessons English Majors Have Learned in Doing Internships

There is high demand in the world for people who can read, research, and write. And those very valuable English major skills (shared by each variety of English major) translate to highly successful interns—and employees.