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Department of English Language and Literature

MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Humanities
Second Floor

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

The Internship Program

The internship program is an integral part of the Professional Writing major and involves a capstone seminar, English 499, which is a required course for all majors and involves the student undertaking an internship. The internship and seminar should be taken the first semester of the student's senior year. Please see the Internship Program FAQ page for more details. A copy of the Internship Seminar Check List can be found here. Students are also encouraged to join the Professional Writing Program Facebook page, where you can find updates about new internships, Professional Writing events and more.

While the seminar is required for Professional Writing majors all students who are English majors or minors, undergraduate or graduate, regardless of their area of concentration, are invited to take advantage of the opportunities that an internship placement offers.

The Internship Program in the English department allows students to gain real-world experience in various related fields, including editing, web design, and technical writing. Both volunteer and paid internships are offered by a variety of UNM programs and off campus New Mexico companies. All allow flexible hours to accommodate student schedules. See the list of current placements.
Students seeking an internship placement should contact the Internship Director (Jim Burbank, see the contact information below). Many students arrange their own internships with individuals they know from prior work or other existing personal and professional contacts. Such arrangements often make good internships, but to be an internship, students must notify the Internship Director and complete the items noted in the “Intern Checklist” (doc).

If you are seeking an internship, review the listings posted on the "Internship Placements" page linked to this page. If you find a placement you want to apply for, get in touch with the contact person yourself to set up an interview. Phone numbers and email addresses are listed on the placement page.

You should have a current resume and samples of your work to take to an interview. If you and the mentor initiate an internship placement, call or email Professor Scott Sanders, Internship Director (see the contact information below) to start the Internship process that, if you wish, leads to getting course credit for your work.

The English department offers English 499, the internship course, which grants 1-3 hours of course credit for the internship itself and for participation in the 499 class. Students who want course credit for their internship work register for 499 either while they are interning or after completing the internship.

Please note, many students complete more than one internship before they register for 499, and students are NOT required to register for 499 to participate in an internship. Students concentrating in Professional Writing must complete English 499, but for all other students, English 499 is simply the means of receiving course credit; it is not a requirement for completing an internship.

UNM Career Services offers co-op placements with major national employers. The co-op program is, essentially, a full-time, paid internship that usually requires delaying graduation by a semester or more depending on how the student fulfills the work requirement associated with the co-op. Co-op is an excellent opportunity for students who want work experience (and good pay) while they pursue their degree. The link below will direct you to the Co-op information page. See UNM Career Services for more information.

See "profiles of recent student interns" to learn more about students who are completing or have completed Internships. For more information on internships in English, contact Jim Burbank at jimbu@unm.edu.