Who doesn’t love cookies? Intern with the Girl Scouts

11 Aug

The Career Center alerted us to an internship opportunity at the Girl Scouts of Marylandcheck it out! This is a perfect internship for someone with good people skills and strong writing–and especially, someone who maybe was a Girl Scout in early life!

It also looks like an internship that will give you a chance to work in development, marketing, and grant writing.

Unfortunately, the application deadline of 8/31 means that you can’t do this internship for credit this fall, but our contact at the Career Center says the internship is renewable for spring.

If you get this internship, you owe Dr. Cole a box of Thin Mints.

Public Relations internship at MICA

10 Aug

Interested in art? Or just want to get public relations experience? Loyola’s Career Center has alerted us to a new internship listing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

The internship is unpaid; MICA encourages interns to receive college credit. To arrange for credit, you’ll need to get the internship and then register for EN 099, and all paperwork needs to be completed by the drop/add deadline. So– you’ll need to apply very soon! Contact Dr. Cole with any questions!

Editorial internships at U of MD Medical System

4 Aug
One of our recent alums, Hope Gamper ’15, is now employed in the marketing and communications department at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore and is looking for two editorial interns for the fall semester. She’s hoping to do interviews (in person or by phone) next week, so you’ll need to act fast. Hope says:
A good number of our past interns have been English majors/minors and I was offered my job after interning here. This is a great position for someone interested in writing and communications work in the healthcare field.
Here’s a description of the internship–please feel free to contact Hope (ph:410-328-7702; email: hopegamper [at] umm.edu) if you have questions, and contact Dr. Cole if you’re interested in doing the internship for credit (either 1-credit EN 090 or 3-credit EN 099).


Position reports to UMMS Office of Marketing, Communications & Community Health team members and contributes to writing, editing and content development for various communications channels produced and managed by the UMMS Office of Marketing, Communications & Community Health. Our office is responsible for all system-wide communications, including media relations, internal communications, website, video work and more.

The ideal candidate is a college-level junior pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, English, journalism or a related field. The position is unpaid; however, the editorial intern may receive course credit for the internship (subject to your school’s requirements) and will be hired to work 10-20 hours per week for at least one full semester.

To apply for this exciting opportunity in downtown Baltimore, please e-mail (hopegamper@umm.edu) or fax (410-328-3450) a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and letters of recommendation to Communications Specialist, Hope Gamper. Questions? Call Hope at 410-328-7702.

Principle Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Will rotate in roles/assignments with our various communications teams: Internal communications, media relations, publications, Web site and more. Duties will include creating content, executing various writing and editing assignments, and more
  • May also work with UMMC Communications staff on other related assignments, including providing support for media relations and various events
  • Perform related duties as required


  • Presently pursuing a degree in Communications, Public Relations, English or Journalism.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills essential (business writing, editing, presentations, and professional phone demeanor). Health-related writing experience or completed coursework in science classes is a plus.
  • Skilled at web navigation, and capable of using Internet and information sources for research.
  • Solid project management skills and experience. Ability to handle multiple priorities and think independently.
  • Understanding of and experience with communication disciplines such as graphic design, advertising, marketing and public relations.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; HTML experience is a plus.
  • High attention to detail and ability to identify key messages.
  • Willingness to learn.


  • Junior or senior undergraduate (or graduate) student with cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher (on 4.0 scale).
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated leadership skills and a wide array of interests/activities.
  • Recommendation by Department Head (of student’s major area of study) and/or two professors.
  • Passing of UMMC’s standard drug screening and background check.

Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment. Extended time on a PC is required.

Liberal Arts Grads and Tech Business — Forbes article

30 Jul

That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.”

A great new article in Forbes business magazine on what degrees like English equip grads to do.

Here’s a teaser:

“Studying philosophy taught me two things,” says Butterfield, sitting in his office in San Francisco’s South of Market district, a neighborhood almost entirely dedicated to the cult of coding. “I learned how to write really clearly. I learned how to follow an argument all the way down, which is invaluable in running meetings. And when I studied the history of science, I learned about the ways that everyone believes something is true–like the old notion of some kind of ether in the air propagating gravitational forces–until they realized that it wasn’t true.”

So, get to reading, thinking, and discovering. Who knows where it’ll lead you!

— Dr. Norman

EN and IT (that’s Information technology, not Italian)! Yes!

30 Jul

This article from The Chronicle of Higher Ed is directed at people with Ph.Ds in the humanities, but is equally applicable to undergraduate humanities majors. An EN degree is applicable to a wide range of fields– even information technology. How? Here’s one reason offered by the author, who got his BA in English and then worked in tech for nearly a decade:

My love of literature meant I adapted well to the language-driven task of computer programming.

The article describes careers in IT particularly suitable for humanities majors: business analyst, technical communicator, and user-experience designer. Worth checking out!

IT: The Accidental Career for Ph.D.s

Teaching internships at Friends School

29 Jul
If you are a junior and senior thinking about teaching as a possible career, Friends School in Baltimore is looking for interns to work in both middle school and upper school this coming school year.
This is a great opportunity to work with a group of innovative faculty teaching interesting material to motivated students. You’d need to be able to be at the school for at least 10 hours per week, primarily in the morning (9am-11:30 am for middle school, 9am-1pm for upper school). Interns will also need to register for EN098 Teaching Internship in Private Schools.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Cole. Interns will need to complete paperwork and fingerprinting by the drop/add deadline.

Communications intern for Wes Moore’s Omari Productions

27 Jul

Here’s a great opportunity for EN majors interested in media production and social justice: an internship at Omari Productions. Omari was founded by Wes Moore, author of the bestselling The Other Wes Moore, which compares the lives of two Wes Moores who grew up within a block of one another in Baltimore– one, the author, a Rhodes scholar and successful entrepreneur; the other, a drug dealer serving a life sentence in prison following a murder conviction. Omari is looking for a communications intern who can handle administrative tasks, research and compile briefs, coordinate events, and develop social media presence. All perfect tasks for English majors.

Here’s an article about Omari and Moore’s plans for revitalizing East Baltimore.

And here’s a link to information about the internship, including job requirements, hours, and application information. They are looking for someone who can work 20-25 hours per week, unpaid.

If you’d like to do this internship for credit, please contact Dr. Cole. Thanks to the Career Center for alerting us to this internship opportunity!


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