That pesky cover letter

9 Feb frustrated writer


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. 


Tote Magazine is looking for writers

19 Jan

Just received—spread the word:

My name is Shelby Newsome and I’m the founder and editor-in-chief of Tote Magazine, an online lifestyle magazine and website for college women. Most of our team is based out of Maryland.

We are currently looking to expand our network of contributing writers. I wanted to see if you would be able to pass this information along to your students?

Our contributors generally write at least once a week. This is great for young writers looking to be published online to build up their portfolios!

If you have any interested students you can have them contact Katie Lemon, our managing editor, at and submit three writing samples.

They can check our website out here and our magazine here.

Shelby Newsome
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Tote Magazine
P: (240)-626-7891
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EN majors get jobs, make money (just like everyone else)

8 Nov

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:

Major Early Career Salary Mid Career Salary Lifetime Earnings Gain
Art $36,100 $57,100 $315,500
Drama $35,600 $56,300 $302,400
English $38,700 $65,200 $444,700
French $40,900 $66,700 $470,900
History $39,700 $71,000 $537,800
Philosophy $41,700 $78,300 $658,900

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?)

Read the entire article

Job: Write for Shmoop!

21 Sep
Got this email today– contact Rachel Reynolds at Shmoop if you’re interested in applying.
Dear Dr. Cole,

I’m an editor for Shmoop University, Inc. (, a digital publishing company that aims to make learning fun. Here’s why I’m reaching out to you:

We’ve just launched college profiles ( that provide prospective students with all they need to know to choose the right school for them, from the average SAT scores of accepted students to the hottest hangout spots on campus.

We are huge fans of Loyola University Maryland, and we want to make sure your school appears on our site!

We’re also always looking for talented writers and editors to join Shmoop’s at-large team.

If you know of any students who may be interested in a paid writing opportunity, please forward on this email. Go ahead, distribute it widely. This isn’t some random Yahoo spam; we will offer anyone interested competitive pay for writing a short college profile for Loyola University Maryland like what we have on site. If that first assignment goes well, we may offer the writer further writing or editing assignments.

You can feel free to contact me, or my supervisor, Jonathan Leventhal (, with any questions. We’d be happy to receive specific recommendations of funny, talented writers for this opportunity as well.

Thinking grad school? New data on enrollments

17 Sep

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:

EN as innovation incubator

8 Sep

Why are liberal arts majors– e.g., English majors– so successful? Because they are innovators.

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.

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