Internship application season looms on the horizon. And the first step of applying for that internship you’re dreaming of is writing that pesky cover letter. What, exactly, are you supposed to say, especially if this is your first internship and you have little or no work experience? Susan Adams at Forbes Magazine offers some useful advice:
This article has been posted to the Making English Work Resources page, along with lots of other helpful links.
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In “Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return on Investment,” University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman calculates the value of a bachelor’s degree over a high school diploma. (Note that the numbers below calculate the average early career salary OVER the salary earned by a high school grad, not the total yearly salary. The lifetime earnings listed below are calculated over a 45-year-long career.)
Read ’em and rejoice:
||Early Career Salary
||Mid Career Salary
||Lifetime Earnings Gain
Dorfman concedes that those who work in some STEM fields may make more money, especially straight out of college, but argues that that doesn’t mean that humanities degrees are economically imprudent or inadvisable, as seems to be the common perception these days. The article appeared in Forbes Magazine about a year ago, but it’s still worth reading.
(Our question: with these numbers, why isn’t everyone majoring in philosophy?)
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The Chronicle of Higher Ed on declining enrollment in humanities Ph.D. programs. Interestingly, the number of Ph.D. students overall has increased by 1.9% between 2009-2014. Aside from humanities, the other field experiencing a significant decline in the number of Ph.D.s is a field also important to EN grads: education.
Read on: http://chronicle.com/article/Enrollment-in-Humanities-PhD/233175/
Why are liberal arts majors– e.g., English majors– so successful? Because they are innovators.
The Career Center alerted us to an internship opportunity at the Girl Scouts of Maryland— check 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.