Searching for Internships

In addition to using these listings, you can investigate a potential internship on your own by approaching an organization or agency engaged in work that interests you.  If students find satisfactory internships through any campus or off-campus source, they may make their own arrangements, and, in most cases, CLMS 491 internship credit or ENGL 491 internship credit is available.  Students frequently find wonderful opportunities through their own personal and professional networks.

The Humanities Academic Services Center (HAS) maintains lists and postings, but are not actively engaged in student placement or recruitment; student interns must secure internships on their own and make their own arrangements with the sponsor.

As you investigate internships, you should keep in mind that you are also interviewing the sponsoring agency: you need to find out whether the internship opportunity is right for you.  Ask yourself if the placement would give you the kind of experience you’re looking for.  Talk with the sponsor about your goals and interests.  You may want to interview with more than one agency so that you can compare their merits.

If you are inquiring about the possibility of creating or generating an internship with a potential sponsor, it’s a good idea to write a letter of inquiry and follow it up promptly with a phone call.  It’s best to address your query to a specific individual whenever possible.  Investigate the potential sponsor’s website to learn as much as you can about the organization and locate contact persons.  Letters of inquiry sent by e-mail are often appropriate in this case. Explain why their organization interests you, what you hope to learn, what you have to offer, and how you believe you can be an asset to the organization.