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Who participates in English Department internships?

All English Department majors are encouraged to take advantage of the internship program—it is required for journalism majors and is an option for majors and minors in English Literature and Writing majors to fulfill their capstone experience. Students enrolled in ENW481 have the opportunity to earn 3–4 academic credits and gain valuable experience by applying skills, especially writing skills, they have acquired in their major to a work environment.

How does the course, ENW481, relate to the internship?

In order to gain academic credit, the internship needs to take place while students are enrolled in ENW481: Internship in Writing. This course requires that students submit bi-weekly reports summarizing work content and highs and lows of their experience, meet with the department’s internship instructor several times throughout the semester, get two written evaluations from on-site internship supervisors, and turn in a final portfolio containing a complete record of the internship experience.

Prerequisites for ENW481

  1. Students must be either a major or minor in the Department of English.
  2. Prior to enrolling in the course, students must have completed at least 10 credit hours in English.
  3. Students must receive approval from the instructor.

Internship requirements

  1. Writing-related: Students are expected to receive experience in which they are actively involved in writing, editing, and publishing. This can include publishing/editing, magazine or newspaper journalism, public relations, marketing, nonprofit publications, etc.
  2. Supervisor: Students must be supervised at work by an employer/professional. The supervisor will take the responsibility of overseeing the student’s work at the internship site. More specific responsibilities include:
    • Being a liaison person for the internship site. If any special concerns arise during the internship, the supervisor and course instructor should be available to communicate, consult and collaborate if needed
    • Working with the intern to provide personally relevant learning experiences during the internship
    • Completing two short evaluations of the intern’s performance such as writing skills, professional qualities, and the ability to be on time and meet deadlines
  3. Hours requirement: Students must complete the required number of internship hours. For 3 credits, the student will complete at least 135 hours, and for 4 credits, the student will complete at least 180 hours.
  4. Instructor approval: The internship needs to be approved of by the ENW481 instructor. Students can email the instructor with a description of the internship site and the type of work when they are seriously considering taking the internship.

Planning for and finding an internship

Students must have an internship arranged before ENW481 begins. The English department does provide resources to help students find appropriate internship opportunities, though students are responsible for applying to and obtaining these positions. To start the internship search, see the department's internship opportunities document that provides information on internships and contacts. Also, fill out the internship contract form from the Registrar’s Office. Students are also encouraged to look beyond what is listed to find internships that match well with their interests.

Questions?

Please contact Yu-li Chang Zacher with any additional questions about the internship process or the course.

Yu-li Chang Zacher
y-changzacher@bethel.edu | 651-638-6149

Student testimonials

McKenzie Van Loh

When I decided to study journalism, I knew I wanted to make a difference with my writing, photography, and communication skills. I love how my writing for ECHO can directly help make a difference. I was able to see how my writing can draw in donors and how donations can help feed families all over the world. On top of developing my writing skills, I learned about how a nonprofit organization works. I learned about how to maximize your resources to make a global impact. I also learned about agriculture and earth care. I have been looking for opportunities to use my passion for the environment to somehow mesh with the skills I have been building in my journalism career....

In the future, I can see myself working for some sort of farm or sustainability organization. I would love to demonstrate or explain how the average American can live in a healthier and more natural way for their benefit and for the earth’s benefit. I think ECHO helped me move closer in that direction. I am excited to see what opportunities I will find next!”

–journalism major, interning at ECHO (North Fort Myers, Florida), summer 2017

Marissa Gamache '18

“This job has given me the opportunity to gain valuable skills. One skill that I am coming away with is editing abilities. I felt very uncertain in my ability to self edit prior to this summer. As the summer went on, I got significantly better at editing my work before turning it in to my editor. I know this because she made more positive comments on my work and my printed stories looked much closer to what I turned in than earlier in the summer....

Obviously, I find myself a better writer after churning out as much copy as I did this summer. I think my ear for good news has been sharpened and that has been a real positive. Coming away with a stronger writing ability is something that I hope I can transfer into my career someday.”

–journalism and international relations double major, interning at Transport Topics (Washington, D.C.), summer 2017

Madeline Cramer '18

"I definitely developed competency with managing websites and social media for larger publications or businesses which could serve me well in a number of different job positions. My ability to synthesize and condense large amounts of information was honed as I had to scour through the extensive bodies of work of two artists, determine which of their work represented their careers the best, and then determine which parts of their lives and personal stories would be most suitable for the web posts. This involved critical thinking, the ability to read through and absorb materials quickly, and it was good practice in keeping my audience in mind as a writer. The book reviews were good practice and experience for the same reasons, and they helped me hone my writing skills more directly as I got feedback and constructive criticism from both [my editor] and other copy editors. I also learned how to copy edit work effectively and learned more about the process of writing by copy editing the works of seasoned writers."

–English literature and philosophy double major, interning at The Englewood Review of Books (Indianapolis, Indiana), summer 2017

Cece Gaines '19

"I learned that I am more driven than I thought I was. I was always prepared to do anything journalism related. For instance, when my supervisors or other reporters asked me to research something for them, I did not return to them until I found something. The information is out there, some information may require more digging. Also, even though I was shy at first to interview professional sources, I still asked the hard questions to develop a great story. At the end of the day, I’m glad that even in a bigger market like Channel 4, I persevered and did not shy away from talking to sources. Additionally, much of the time I was thrown into a situation with only a little training, and I learned on the go. I'm surprised that I was not concerned about being completely prepared for every task I had. I simply trusted my journalism abilities enough to know that I could get through the task, and even if I failed it was still a lesson along the way."

journalism major, interning at WCCO (Minneapolis, Minnesota), summer 2017

Christine Schuster '18

“The biggest challenge I faced, but also one of the most rewarding aspects of my internship, was the need to learn about the complexities of the legal system in a short time. I’ve always been very interested in the legal system and was very excited for an opportunity to learn about it at Thomson Reuters, which is the number one provider of legal information in the world. Being able to contribute to a product that is intended to be read by attorneys and other legal professionals meant I had to learn a lot quickly and I did. I spent hours and hours reading at work so I could gain the understanding I needed to be able to pitch stories and ask good questions. This was very challenging, and I talked with my editors about the challenges they face as legal journalists, meeting the demands of a constantly changing legal landscape. Now that I have gained an understanding of litigation and court proceedings in a variety of legal constructs, I know this knowledge will help me immensely as I begin my career in journalism.”

–journalism and theatre arts double major, interning at Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (Eagan, Minnesota), summer 2017

Anthony Bankes '17

Working on my sermon was a completely different element of the internship that I had never experienced. While the workshops were communal and relational, the sermon preparation was often done in solitude, with just me and the Spirit and a bunch of books/commentaries. The sermon was literally the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write, and every sentence felt like it was being pushed out of me. I learned patience and perseverance during this time, especially in the craft of writing, and that the hard work usually does pay off. I spent more than two weeks writing and rewriting this sermon, so by the time I was ready to give it, I felt very confident in its readiness. Still, it was a terrifying experience standing up and preaching in front of a church, but one I will always be grateful to have had. It stretched me completely out of my comfort zone, but I think these moments are often when we grow the most. One year ago, I would’ve never imagined myself preaching, and now I can say that I’ve done it, and done it well.”

–biblical and theological studies major, creative writing minor, interning at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (St. Paul, Minnesota), summer 2017

Employer testimonials

“McKenzie has been an incredible joy to host! Her talent, work ethic, and enthusiasm say great things about your program.”
Danielle Flood, PR & communications manager, ECHO (North Fort Myers, Florida), summer 2017

“Christine has been a fantastic intern and she has a bright future in journalism.”
Ross Pfund, managing editor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (Eagan, Minnesota), summer 2017

“It has been delightful to have Maddie here this summer! She is a bright and thoughtful student and has fit in well with us in Englewood Review. Her work with our websites and print magazine has enabled us to focus this summer on other work that needed to be done.”
Christopher Smith, editor, The Englewood Review of Books (Indianapolis, Indiana), summer 2017

Student Media

The "Coeval" Undergraduate Literary and Art Magazine

The Coeval, meaning "of the same age," is Bethel's undergraduate literary and art magazine. Published each semester, the Coeval is edited by students and advised by the English department. See the archive of Coeval issues in the Digital Library

Royal Report

The Royal Report is the outlet for our journalism students exploring writing, photography, and video content. The Medium site features students' story assignments and captivating images. The Royal Report Youtube channel features short vignettes and stories that provide a deeper look into the people and issues at Bethel. 

Textura

Textura is a J-Term trip that gives students a unique opportunity to practice their photojournalistic skills internationally and work together with graphic designers to turn their content into a magazine. The Textura Guatemala magazine from the 2017 trip to Guatemala received a national Best Feature Magazine award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP).

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