General information for current and prospective sponsors
in the English Department are offered with the cooperation of various
organizations to provide a supplementary educational experience for undergraduate
English students. The program is designed to give our junior and senior
students the opportunity for career exploration and development related
to the English major. Although most positions involve writing, research,
editing, or teaching, all placements enable students to learn new skills,
explore career interests, and encounter new social and intellectual challenges.
Students are encouraged to view the program as an opportunity for a learning
experience with long-range benefits.
found that the best placements include the following:
-A clearly delineated position description.
-Duties and responsibilities that are not haphazardly determined nor purely
clerical in nature.
-Provision of specific work area for the intern.
-Exposure to other professional staff, clientele, etc. (as appropriate) for
-Opportunities for mentoring as appropriate.
-Opportunities for feedback and discussion.
Options for student compensation:
Most internships are unpaid opportunities, providing
a significant opportunity for learning and growth. Students may be compensated
on an hourly basis for their work, but students who are paid need to obtain
special approval to earn credit for a paid internship. This is to discourage
the use of internship credit for regular employment that was not designed
as an internship opportunity. The employing organization may provide a stipend
to the student that may cover all or part of the following things: tuition
costs for the experience, transportation, parking, or other expenses related
to the internship.
If you are
interested in sponsoring one of our students as an intern in your organization, click
here for placement information.
who participate in an approved internship can earn academic credit through
ENGL 491 at the rate of one quarterly credit for every three hours per
week devoted to the internship during the quarter (maximum 6 credits
per quarter). Once you have hired a student intern, it is up
to the student to arrange for academic credit with our office.
Student interns fill out an Internship
Learning Contract that specifies their learning goals and the activities
the internship will provide in order to meet those goals. (If you'd like
to read more about student requirements, see Internship
Information.) After the second week of the quarter, we will contact
you by e-mail to let you know that one of our students has enrolled for
credit for an internship experience with your agency. (If you need evidence
of a student's enrollment earlier, please don't hesitate to contact the
internship coordinator at (206) 543-2634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
At the end of each quarter, we'll ask you to submit a Student
Intern Performance Evaluation that details the intern's accomplishments
during the internship and suggests areas for improvement.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact the internship coordinator,
English Advising Office, Department of English, Box 354330, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-4330, (206) 543-2634, email@example.com.
Completing the intern's performance evaluation
Performance Evaluation to submit your assessment and comments in
a secure, paperless format. The link will be sent
to you by e-mail by the internship coordinator two weeks before the end
of the quarter.
you to review the results of your evaluation with the student intern
and to discuss both areas of strength as well as areas where the student
can improve and develop in future internship or employment situations.
Setting up a new internship (advertising your internship, finding a student
To set up
a new internship and advertise it to UW English undergraduate students,
please follow these steps:
an internship description that includes these elements:
-Description of duties
-Explanation of the benefits to the student (i.e., what will be learned,
what skills can be developed, what training or mentorship will be provided,
-If this is a paid or stipended position, please specify (most internships
-Number of hours per week
-Time commitment (one quarter, two quarters, etc.)
-Your organization's name
-Internship supervisor's name
-Materials you'd like applicants to submit (résumé, cover letter,
writing sample, etc.)
-Skills or qualifications that you'd like applicants to possess
-How you'd like applicants to contact you (phone, e-mail, fax, postal mail)
and contact information
2. There are two ways to deliver this information to us:
-Send us the information in an e-mail message: firstname.lastname@example.org.
information to (206) 616-9318.
3. When we receive the information, we'll review it and distribute it to
our students in the following ways:
-We'll send an e-mail announcement to our students
-We'll add your organization to our list of internship sponsors on our web
-We'll post any hard-copy materials that you send us on our bulletin board
The Department of English does not, as a rule, recruit students to fill particular
internship positions, but we do prominently display listings, distribute
listings electronically to our student e-mail lists, and routinely encourage
students to consider the merit of such an experience. We can neither
guarantee a sponsoring agency an intern nor a student an internship.
This office can only serve as a clearinghouse, providing opportunity
4. Once you've selected a student, it's up to the student to
arrange for academic credit through our office. The student does
this by filling out an Internship Learning
Contract. We'll send you a confirmation e-mail message during the third
week of the quarter, letting you know that the student is enrolled for credit.
If you need this confirmation earlier, please don't hesitate to contact our
office at (206) 543-2634 or email@example.com.
5. If you
have any questions or concerns, or if you'd like assistance at any time,
please contact the Internship Coordinator in our office at (206) 543-2634
or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Washington, as a standing policy, does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam
era veteran. This applies to all University programs and facilities.
If it were determined that a sponsor or sponsoring agency was in violation
of this policy, we would discontinue the internship agreement.