Last month, I posted a profile of the Baltimore Collegetown Network’s Internships page. This month, I wanted to provide a fuller description of one of the other sites listed on Making English Work’s Resources page: Idealist.org.
This is a great site to check out if you are not from the Baltimore area and looking for internships for the summer. Because they highlight nonprofit and social justice-oriented organizations and businesses, the positions are well suited for people like you. They also do a great job of vetting their postings so that you don’t have to wade through the numerous “false positives” and internships-in-name-only-but-really-just-free-menial-labor postings that makes sites like Intern Match more heinous than helpful.
Just as an example for what you might find at Idealist.org, here are the number of hits for the Boston Metro area using the following keywords:
Note: KEYWORDS MATTER! As you can see, if number of hits is your goal, “communications” is a good place to start (not “English major” or “literature”– or even “editing,” sadly). Many communications positions require strong writing and editing skills, so if you want to go into a writing or editing career, an internship in communications is a good place to start.
Come to the English Department’s spring internship panel and resume review!
The event will take place on Tuesday, April 8, 6-8pm, in the English Department Lounge. The event kicks off at 6pm with panel presentations by Baltimore-area employers looking for summer and fall interns and current student interns who will share their internship experiences. Panelists will discuss how to locate and secure an internship, how to make it successful, and how it fits into an education and career plan.
Panelists will be
Employers: Sue Lin Chong (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Current Interns: Tom Flanagan (ABET intern), Molly Corry (UB/Event planning intern), Marianne Williams (Stone House Publishing; MD Wineries intern), and Courtney Cousins (City Paper intern, Christmas at Environment Ohio intern, and Enoch Pratt Library volunteer)
Dr. Jean Cole, internship coordinator: preliminary remarks and introductions
Dr. Sondra Guttman, for-credit internship mentor
In the second hour, at 7pm, we will begin an interactive resume review. Dr. Melissa Girard will present a few brief tips about resumes, and then we will organize small-group breakout sessions where students can have their own resumes reviewed by professionals in a variety of fields. Students should bring 3 printed copies of their resumes with them to take full advantage of this opportunity. However, students who don’t yet have a resume are still welcome to participate and review the excellent sample resumes on display.
The Resume Review and Workshop will feature
Sue Lin Chong (law, PR, communications, non-profit sector)
Colleen Depman Kukowski (FBI/goverment, law)
Brianna Panzica (publishing, editing)
The Internship Panel is always a great event. This year, we’re very excited to add the resume review into the mix. Please let your students know that they are welcome to join us for one or both hours of the event. Also: there will be pizza!
Here’s some food for thought (from The Chronicle of Higher Ed): is wanting a Ph.D. in English (and becoming a college professor) more like wanting to be a medical doctor, or a professional actor or athlete?
We are in the “high season” for summer internship postings and applications, and for those of you looking for an internship, I just wanted to remind you of the Resources page on this blog. One valuable resource on this page is the Baltimore Collegetown Network, which has a regularly updated list of internships and often has a surprising number of internships that are open to EN and other humanities majors. Here are some of the positions listed just in the past week: Gallery Intern, Social Media and Marketing, advocacy position at World Relief, internship in Marketing, Management, and HR, summer reading program coordinator, festival/events intern … you get the idea. All of these are available to EN majors, though some require specific skills that you may or may not have. Remember that majoring in English qualifies you to do almost anything!
All of these positions will be in the Baltimore area, but if you’re going to be around this summer–or are looking for an internship for the fall– you should definitely take a look!
If you are going to be in a different part of the country, the Resources page has several other databases that list internships and jobs around the country– or around the world. Idealist.org is a good one if you are looking for a job at a nonprofit or if you are interested in social justice issues. The U.S. Government summer jobs list is a good place to look for summer positions, as well.
What resources have you found useful for finding internship/job postings? Send us a comment and we’ll add new resources to our list! –JLC
My name is Lindsey Miller, and I am part of an organization called Frog Tutoring. We are looking to hire tutorsto work with students in the Baltimore area. To learn more information about Frog Tutoring, please visit our website: http://baltimore.frogtutoring.com/