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English 491:

Internship in Writing and Publishing

Why should juniors and seniors do an internship in writing and publishing?

  • Internships lead to jobs. Several recent Rider English grads have done internships that led to full-time jobs right after graduation, at companies like Penguin, HarperCollins, and Taylor & Francis. The skills you learn, and connections you make, at an internship look great on your resume.
  • Internships pay. Many publishing internships now pay between $10-$15 an hour, which allows you to earn valuable career experience while making as much or more than you might at a part-time job in retail or food service. This is a big change from just a few years ago, when most publishing internships were unpaid.
  • Internships count for course credit. English majors and minors can earn 1-4 credits for ENG 491: Internship in Writing and Publishing.
  • Internships count toward your Engaged Learning Experiences. An ENG 491 internship counts toward your required six hours of Engaged Learning Experiences.
  • Internships meet a writing concentration requirement. Majors in the writing concentration can count ENG 491 for their 400-level writing course.

How do you get started?

  • Email Dr. Mickey Hess, Internship Coordinator for the English Department, at [email protected].

Where can you find internships?

English majors and minors can choose from internships at publishing companies, literary agencies, newspapers, and magazines, including internships in public relations, arts reviewing, non-profit fundraising, grant development, and corporate communications. Recent English interns have worked for:

  • Princeton University Press
  • OK-Tho! Magazine
  • Eva Ries Inc.
  • Cineaste
  • Rider University, University Marketing & Communications
  • Rider University, Office of Enrollment Management
  • Rider University, Development Office
  • Westminster Choir College External Relations

Start your search online:

Internship Scholarships and Grants:

  • Rider’s School of Liberal Arts and Science (SLAS) Internship Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences, provides funds each year of up to $500 for SLAS undergraduate students who need financial help when taking on an unpaid internship-for-credit. Students must be either a Junior or Senior with an overall GPA of 2.75 to be eligible for this award.
  • We Need Diverse Books Internship Grants award supplemental grants to students from diverse backgrounds to help further their goals of pursuing a career in children’s publishing. 2019 will mark the Internship Grant Program’s fifth successful year, and the committee has plans to award five new grants to diverse publishing and agency interns. In the past four years, the program has awarded 33 grants, with twenty-two eligible interns having gone on to full-time work in the publishing industry. Apply here.
  • Sigma Tau Delta Internship Program: Students in Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, get preference for internships at Penguin/Random House, plus a pay bonus from Sigma Tau Delta. Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $700 stipend to assist with expenses.
Mickey Hess
Professor of English
Fine Arts 325

Degrees: B.A. University of Louisville; M.A.T. University of Louisville; Ph.D. University of Louisville

Mickey Hess is the co-author, with Buddha Monk, of The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' DIrty Bastard (HarperCollins 2014). His other books include The Nostalgia Echo, Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music.