Preface: English 380 and 399 are formally described in the College Catalogue. The purpose of this document is to give you a better idea of what information the Department of English and Creative Writing expects to see in an internship proposal and to state in more detail what work is required for the successful completion of an internship.
Step 1: Identify a Suitable Internship
Students identify internships in a number of ways: you can scan listings available on the Cornell Fellows website, visit with the staff at the Career Engagement Center, and consult with your advisor for suggestions; or, perhaps you have a good idea for an internship and are willing to initiate appropriate contact. Be creative! English students in the past have completed internships with academic publishing companies, public policy organizations, educational groups, graphic novel creators, and others--and the list of possibilities is endless.
Some internships are paid, but many are not. You might be able to obtain funding for an unpaid internship through the Cornell Fellows Program. Consult with the director about your options.
Not all internships are credit-bearing. An internship that bears academic credit must have a significant academic component, and it is important that the credit be earned in ways appropriate to the sponsoring department. Here are the preliminary steps:
Secure a Sponsor: Once you have found a suitable internship, seek a sponsor by submitting a proposal to a faculty member in the Department of English and Creative Writing. The proposal must contain the following:
Plan an Academic Project: If a faculty member agrees to sponsor the internship, you must work out with the faculty sponsor an appropriate academic project associated with the internship.The Department of English and Creative Writing requires the following work from each student involved in an internship:
Submit Proposal to English Department Chair: The internship proposal, including the sponsor's signature, must be submitted to the department chair for approval and formally filed with the department before it begins.
Submit Proposal to Registrar: Finally, according to the College Catalogue, you must file with the Registrar's office a proposal endorsed by the faculty sponsor: "The proposal must be submitted to the Registrar before the start of the term in which the Internship is to be credited. Internship credit will not be approved retroactively." Forms can be obtained through the Registrar's website.
In order to receive credit for the internship, you must:
Your faculty sponsor will read the material you submit and will assign credit or no credit.