Everything You Need to Know About the Belmont English Internship
Students in the Belmont English major or minor are required to complete an internship for at least 1 hour of credit though students can take the internship for 2 or 3 hours of credit. Students are responsible for finding and securing an internship with the guidance of the internship director before they can enroll in the ENG 3960 Internship course, and students should begin seeking the internship 2-3 months before the interning semester begins. Prior to filling out the internship paperwork, students must seek approval through Dr. Overall, who will verify that the internship opportunity involves substantial writing, editing, and/or research. Then, approval to enroll for the course will be given once the student and sponsoring organization complete the Internship Agreement and Internship Information Sheet.
During the semester, the students will compose a three reflections, write a three short assignments, and create an online internship portfolio that showcases work completed for the internship. The supervisor’s evaluation of the student’s work at the sponsoring organization will count for 50% of the final overall grade for the internship. Students enrolled in the course are required to complete a minimum number of hours at the sponsoring organization (see chart below).
1 credit hour
36 total hours
approximately 3 hours a week
2 credit hours
72 total hours
approximately 6 hours a week
3 credit hours
108 total hours
approximately 9 hours a week
Finding an Internship
Students are expected to seek an internship with an organization outside of Belmont University. If students are seeking an internship opportunity within the Belmont community, the student must write a formal statement that justifies the reasoning for an on campus internship. Then, the internship committee will take the request into consideration.There are many resources available to help you find an internship. At minimum, you should use the following:
1. Keep track of recent opportunities through the @BUEnglishIntern Twitter feed and the “Discover” page of the Writing Internship website: http://www.joeloverall.com/courses/ENG3960/opportunities.html
2. Register for an account with Belmont’s Career Connector, and search this helpful job and internship database for opportunities involving writing and/or editing: http://www.belmont.edu/career-development/
3. Open a free LinkedIn account and use the Jobs tab to search their hundreds of internships.
4. Start using www.Indeed.com, which is especially good for finding internships and full-time work in the Humanities.
5. Register with www.Internships.com and search among the variety opportunities in Nashville and beyond.
6. Consider an internship with a Study Abroad program: http://www.belmont.edu/study-abroad/programs/internships/index.html
Where Have Belmont Writing majors and minors Interned in the last 3 years?
Contact Dr. Overall for the name of internship supervisors at these organizations.
- Nashville Adult Literacy Council
- Young Life Nashville
- HCA Healthcare
- The Mountain
- Flower Pot Press
- Nashville Arts Magazine
- Nashville Lifestyles Magazine
- Nfocus Magazine
- Nashville International Center for Empowerment
- Nashville Scene
- Nashville Flipped (DIY/HGTV)
- The Carnegie Writers
- The Contributor
- Bonnaroo Works Fund
- DO 615
- Upper Room Ministries
- SouthComm, Inc (Scene, Nfocus, Nashville Post)
- Read to Succeed
- Built on Rock Music
- Native Magazine
- Turner Publishing
- Red Orbit
- Lifeway Christian Resources
- Erwin Brothers Entertainment
- Fexy Media
- Lifeway Christian Resources
For more information on Internships contact Dr. Joel Overall or 615-460-6844.