Guidelines for 3-Credit Hour Internship Proposals


Which internship are you interested in? Choose 1:


___ ENGL 4840: Internship in the Literary Arts

___ Click here to apply for ENGL 4841: Internship in Teaching and Pedagogy

___ ENGL 4842: Internship in Professional and Technical Communication

___ ENGL 4844: Intership in Library or Museum Studies



In addition to completing the application form, submitting a proposal, and finding a faculty member willing to serve as the Professor of Record, students who wish to receive 3-credit hours for their internship must write a letter of petition to the Undergraduate Committee. The letter must provide compelling evidence for why the student should receive 3 credit hours. The petition will then be voted on by the Undergraduate Committee. If approved, the student will be enrolled in the class for 3 credit hours, and will adhere to the 3-credit hour policy, working with a faculty member to produce a project of academic significance in conjunction with the internship experience.

The INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL should be 300-500 words in length and include the following:

  • a statement of your objectives for the on-site portion of the internship;
  • a description of your academic project; and
  • a timeline for the project's completion.

For the ACADEMIC PROJECT, students may propose a research paper, a portfolio, or a web site. In all cases, the project must include a substantial amount of work produced outside of the daily tasks performed during the internship (although samples of this work may be included).

The academic project section of the proposal should include the following components:

  • a statement about how the project relates to the on-site work;
  • a proposed length (for papers) or size (for portfolios);
  • a description of the student's research plan, to include a brief bibliography (for papers and web sites) or a list of 
    components to be included (for portfolios and web sites); and
    a short rationale statement about how the project is appropriate to the study of English language or literature.
  • Some examples of academic projects students have completed in conjunction with their internships include:
  • A student working in the publicity department of an academic press proposed a research paper exploring the trend of academic presses crossing over into trade publishing. The research included articles on the issue and interviews with marketing and editorial 
    staff at the student's internship site.
  • A student working for a history museum proposed a portfolio of work she would produce for the museum's newsletter and website. In addition, she proposed a five-page research paper on the museum's primary subject.
  • A student working in the manuscript editing department of an academic press proposed a website that would publish short stories written by UGA creative writing students.