College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English and Linguistics - Student Opportunities

Internships

The Department of English & Linguistics at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne offers an internship program for students pursuing one of the majors or minors detailed on this site. Although the internship is perhaps best suited to students pursuing one of the writing concentrations, all students are invited to take part.

An internship offers you the opportunity to work with a faculty supervisor from the Department of English & Linguistics and a mentor at your workplace to gain a richer learning experience than you would normally obtain during your first months in a new job.

Benefits of an Internship

Although classroom experiences can teach you many things, they cannot teach you everything. You can enrich your education through an internship in which you apply what you have learned in the classroom to situations you may encounter after graduation. In addition to offering you learning experiences you could not gain in a classroom, an internship gives you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your resume and portfolio: Have you ever noticed that many classified ads ask for applicants with "experience"? An internship can help you gain a bit of it.
  • Make contacts with potential employers: Sometimes, internships turn into full-time positions. Even if your internship did not lead to such employment, it could introduce you to people from various organizations.
  • Explore a career: Unsure whether a particular career is for you? Try an internship in that field.
  • Contribute to your community: Many internships take place in non-profit organizations. You might be able to do some good while enjoying some of the other benefits listed here.

Resources for Students Seeking an Internship

You should feel free to contact the Internship Coordinator for the Department of English & Linguistics. (See below for contact information). In addition, considering starting with these resources:

  • To learn more about internships coordinated by the IPFW Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education and Service Learning go to their web site.
  • Search "internships Fort Wayne" in your favorite search engine.

Also consider visiting the Web site of an organization you'd like to work with. Many organizations maintain their own internship pages.

Internship Opportunities

Click on the following link to review current internship opportunities.

How to Apply for an Internship

To apply for an internship, you must complete four main steps:

  1. Talk with Suzanne Rumsey (rumseys@ipfw.edu), the internship coordinator, to learn more about internships for students in English & Linguistics.
  2. Apply for and secure an internship. You must apply directly to the organization that will offer the internship. Dr. Rumsey and ACCS can help you search for opportunities.
  3. Complete an internship proposal and register for ENG W398, Internship in Writing.

Questions?

Be sure to contact Suzanne Rumsey at 260-481-6770 or rumseys@ipfw.edu with your questions.