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Internships offer students valuable skills and work experience and make these skills compatible with the English Department program of study. Most students enjoy and learn from their internship experience; they also find that in this economic market, the experience they gain from interning gives them an edge that can make a difference when they are up against stiff competition for jobs. 
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Internships for credit are available during fall and winter semesters. Students should apply for an internship for any particular semester at least one-to-two months before that semester begins. Students are free to make their own arrangements to intern with an organization or a business not on the 2014-2015 Internship List PDF, but they still must fill out the paperwork in the semester before the anticipated internship in order to receive credit. In addition to filling out the forms (which are also available on the door of 542 O'Dowd and in 544 O'Dowd, the English Department main office, as well as PDF files), students must register for the course. Do so by contacting Annie Gilson. Please provide her with an unofficial copy of your transcript pasted into an email, as well as the names of two OU English professors with whom you have studied.

Internships Set up by the Department of English:
  • Non-Profits
  • Publishing/Television
  • Corporations and Businesses
  • Media
  • Education (Including OU positions)
For students interested in working for the federal government, OU is partnering with a new federal program, entitled "Call to Serve." Information can be found on makingthedifference.org. Students should also contact the Career Center, which has more detailed information on the Call to Serve program, opportunities it offers, and application procedures.

ENG: 491 Internship
Course Description: Practical experience in appropriate work position at an approved site, correlated with directed study assignments, during either fall or winter semester.  In the semester prior to enrollment, the student will plan the internship in conjunction with the Internship Coordinator and with the approval of the department chair.  Students are required to email the Internship Coordinator every week during the semester they intern, and also to turn in a final paper, due the Friday of the last week of classes. May be repeated once in a different setting for elective credit only.

Prerequisites: 16 credits in English, of which at least 8 must be at the 300-400 level, and permission of the instructor and the department chair. NOTE: Does NOT count as a 400-level seminar, required by all majors as the capstone course for their degree.
  
NOTE: THIS COURSE DOES NOT COUNT AS A 400-LEVEL SEMINAR COURSE, WHICH IS THE REQUIRED CAPSTONE COURSE FOR ALL ENGLISH MAJORS

Students’ Responsibilities during Internship
You are required to perform the duties included in your internship job description (if these aren’t perfectly clear to you, it is your responsibility to ask your faculty and on-site sponsors for clarification.) Aside from faithfully reporting for work and performing your duties, you have other responsibilities during the internship period as well. Though you will be working at the site of the business or non-profit you are interning with, you are required to maintain contact with your faculty sponsor. This consists of sending weekly emails that describe in a detailed summary the work you’ve done that week and confirm your presence at the internship site. Weekly reports are required of every intern, even if the work the intern is doing does not change substantially. Please note that this enables the English Department to ensure that you are doing the work you agreed to do. The emails provide a record that will help you when it is time to write your paper; the faithful execution of this duty will be figured in to your final grade.
 

Final Paper for Internship
Each student must also produce as a final summarizing exercise a paper that describes his or her experiences as an intern. This paper will focus on exploring the ways in which the skills that the student developed in English classes were utilized in the internship.
 
Please feel free to talk at length about the expectations you had going in to the internship, and the ways in which these expectations were or were not met. Discuss the ways in which you felt your work as an English major prepared you for your work in the “real” world, and the ways in which you found yourself having to adjust or modify the skills you learned in classes to apply them to the tasks you performed in your working environment. Please also talk at length about the work itself, the analytical and research tasks you were asked to perform, and even the interpersonal dynamics or challenges you were confronted with. In other words, this paper needs to be a comprehensive analysis of your work experience, and needs to detail the ways in which the internship helped you to make the transition from the realm of school (the realm of preparation), to the realm of work (the realm of application).
 
The paper is due at the end of the semester (by the beginning of the exam period) and should be 10 - 15 pages in length, double-spaced, proof-read, etc. Please be aware that the paper will go into a permanent file on internships; this means that your work will be available to students, professors, and administrators to read, and will aid us in assessing the effectiveness of the intern program generally, as well as your particular internship.


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The Art Experience
The Art Experience is an art center located in Waterford (in the Summit Place Mall) that offers a meeting space for all members of the community to gather and make art, and also offers art therapy to people with developmental disabilities, children at risk, the mental health community, and people in recovery. The intern writes press releases, letters, internal documents, grants; he or she can also be involved in program development and the researching of grants. Funky atmosphere run by very kind people who work very hard and are at times very frazzled.

Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit
The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement. Interns can help to write catalogue, artist biographies, curate exhibitions, and interact with and inform the public about MOCAD’s mission.

Haven
Oakland County’s Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Students can obtain clinical experience working with survivors of abuse.

Bottomless Toychest
Charity devoted to helping ill children.



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Wayne State University Press
Founded in 1941, Wayne State University Press is a leading publisher of Great Lakes books, Judaica, and African American studies, as well as a wide range of other scholarly and general interest titles. Wayne State University Press is an established midsized university press that publishes approximately forty new books and six journals per year. Interns help with a wide variety of press-related tasks, including writing copy, proofreading, etc., depending on the department the intern elects to work in. The internships are available throughout the year in the following departments: Acquisitions, Editorial and Production, Marketing and Sales. You must apply very early for this – in September for Winter semester internships, and early in the calendar year for Fall.

Edco Publishing
EDCO Publishing is a small woman-owned publishing company that designs and creates custom education curriculums, children's books and workshops for educators. EDCO is also responsible for creating curriculum, scheduling and managing fieldtrips and providing teacher in-services for the alter P. Chrysler Museum. Interns will perform varied duties related to the above which will include but not limited to: editing and proofreading, taking and shipping orders for books, using computer publishing software and database systems, attending workshops and assisting group leaders at the Chrysler Museum.

Dzanc Books
Editorial interns will work closely with each other and members of Dzanc's editorial staff. While assisting on a wide range of projects, interns will gain hands-on experience and training in most aspects of editorial work, while also gaining a good understanding of nonprofit literary publishing. To apply go to http://www.dzancbooks.org/internships/ Marketing interns will assist the Marketing and Publicity Director with Dzanc's promotion and sales efforts. Ideal candidates will be inventive, hardworking, web-savvy, and full of creative ways to market our titles. While assisting on a wide range of projects, interns will gain hands-on experience and training in all aspects of book marketing, while also gaining a good understanding of nonprofit literary publishing. To apply go to http://www.dzancbooks.org/internships/.

CBS Television Detroit—Community Affairs Internship
This internship not only gives students a look into the community affairs department, but also an overall feel of how a television station operates. Those interested in the community affairs internship will have a chance to act as a production assistant during weekly tapings for two different community affairs programs (that run on WWJTV and CW50), write scripts and research questions for the programs, compose scripts for community calendars, write various PSAs (possible on camera work), create web stories for the intern blog, participate at station events, and help out with other assignments as needed. For more information on this internship, visit the CBS Detroit or CW50 Detroit website (where you’ll find instructions on how to apply).



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Oakland University Career Center’s Student to Professional Organization
Student to Professional is a student organization at Oakland University that strives to give students the necessary skills to successfully transition into the working world by organizing and assisting with on-campus business events. The intern will work closely with the organization advisor to assist in the planning and preparation of the annual Student to Professional Conference by writing press releases, letters, and other documents to advertise the event; editing and publishing internal documents; attending all organization meetings; attending and assisting in on-campus events; and utilizing various social media outlets to promote the organization. Other roles and activities can be

Teacher’s Discovery
Business providing high quality, fun, and affordable educational supplemental materials in the following areas: foreign languages, English, social studies, and science. As a company, we believe that learning should and can be fun! Interns assist with the product development process, market existing products, assist with purchasing, and do data entry for interactive games. Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Internet explorer a plus.

Oakland Business Review
This is a weekly newspaper based in Novi devoted to reporting on and monitoring the businesses and business deals in Oakland County. The intern will work closely with the editor, and will be actively engaged in researching and writing stories, making contacts in the business community, attending conferences, etc. This is a challenging and exciting position for someone with excellent research and writing skills, and would be especially good for someone with a journalism minor, though that is not a prerequisite for the position.

Thomson Gale
Based in Farmington Hills, Thomson Gale is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. It is best known for its reference works, magazine and newspaper articles, and the 600 databases it maintains online, in print and in microform. Interns help to develop Thomson Gale products, such as text books or on-line resource systems. In some cases, interns take on project leadership responsibility for the development of a new product. (Only available in summer; students should Google them for application info and follow guidelines.)

SMZ Advertising
Troy-based advertising firm. This position involves developing advertising copy, slogans, and campaigns; it can also include writing press releases, calling journalists and verifying interest and facts, and researching potential stories. Students must contact the company themselves to apply. http://www.smz.com/Contact/Directions.aspx

OU Media Relations Department
An interest in a media relations career is a prerequisite for this internship. New media skills are also desirable. The intern will be responsible for attending select events on campus and writing Web stories (to appear on the News at OU Web site), drafting press releases, building the existing list of e-mail addresses for reporters in out-of-state and national markets, filing clips and producing clip reports, enhancing and consistently updating the Reporter Resources Web site, expanding the existing list of faculty experts, and tracking and reporting on public blogs and video sites (like YouTube) to monitor OU’s reputation. Additional duties, time permitting, may include proofreading Web stories and compiling the weekly student and faculty/staff broadcasts. For credit only.

Blue Care Network
Health care communications internship. Students write copy for internal and/or external publications; copy includes newsletter articles, letters, brochures, electronic and print manual pages, Web pages, training presentations, e-mail/fax messages, on hold voice messages. Position requires excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills that translate into clear, accurate, and comprehensive communications, and knowledge of or desire to learn one or more of the following software packages used in communications: Acrobat Professional, InDesign, PageMaker, PowerPoint, Excel, Dream weaver, FrontPage, Visio, and Access.



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Hour Magazine
Two separate positions, one as a PR aide and the other as an editorial intern. For this position, you must contact Hour yourself and follow their intern application procedures. Do mention that you are an OU English student; they know us and are partnering with us – this should get you special attention.

The Detroit Jewish News and Red Thread Magazine
Seeking intern who is plugged into the issues affecting the Jewish community, who has excellent writing and proficient reporting skills, is looking to learn and is a team player. The intern will be assigned to the news and features desks, asked to cover local events, and take photographs. The candidate will also play an integral role in keeping the JN website up to date and contributing to the JN and RT social media efforts. 20-hour a week. Send resume and clips to Bryan Gottlieb at (bgottlieb@renmedia.us).

Real Detroit
Students research and write articles, depending on the publication’s need and students’ abilities. For this position, you must contact Real Detroit yourself and follow their intern application procedures. Do mention that you are an OU English student; they know us and are partnering with us – this should get you special attention.

Oakland Press
Writing and researching articles and press clips (students should have had a course in journalism or experience working for a paper such as the Oakland Post). For this position, you must contact Oakland Press yourself and follow their intern application procedures.

OU Media Relations Department
An interest in a media relations career is a prerequisite for this internship. New media skills are also desirable. The intern will be responsible for attending select events on campus and writing Web stories (to appear on the News at OU Web site), drafting press releases, building the existing list of e-mail addresses for reporters in out-of-state and national markets, filing clips and producing clip reports, enhancing and consistently updating the Reporter Resources Web site, expanding the existing list of faculty experts, and tracking and reporting on public blogs and video sites (like YouTube) to monitor OU’s reputation. Additional duties, time permitting, may include proofreading Web stories and compiling the weekly student and faculty/staff broadcasts.



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