Internships and other skill-building experiences are a must-do for realizing your abilities and increasing your job prospects after graduation. As a UMass student, you can earn up to eighteen (18) credits doing internships throughout your four years. Doing one or more internships locally during the semester can give you the experience to compete with national or international internships later in your college career.
- To search for the most current internships available, log in to CareerConnect. (Get help using Career Connect with this guide.)
- To read more about internships, check out the internship blog.
You can gain additional experience by getting involved in student organizations, community service work, tutoring in the UMass Writing Center, volunteering on campus or off, putting together a literary journal—the possibilities are numerous.
Meet the English Interns
Jeffrey Martin (BA 2017)
Amherst Media brought me on as a production assistant where I instantly felt like I belonged. No day was the exact same as the one that came before and there was always something for the interns to do. On my first day, I learned about the elements necessary to film a high-quality shoot, whether that was in our studio or out on location.
Internship story: https://www.umass.edu/english/english/profile/jeffrey-martin-2017
Isabelle Kagan (BA 2017)
Internship story: https://www.umass.edu/english/english/profile/isabelle-kagan-17
|Aradhita Saraf (BA 2017)
Internship: Penguin Books
"The process of picking out a book with building tension, relatable characters, and high stakes from a pile of other manuscripts that were devoid of intervening subplots or an explosive climax was most enlightening (and a teeny bit scary). Who was I to decide whether a book was good enough or not? As a marketing intern, I also tried to evaluate the feasibility of the book and monetize it: by examining the genre in demand at that given point of time, the success patterns of recently published books with similar plot lines, and the existence of the book’s intended readers in the contemporary society."
Internship story: https://www.umass.edu/english/english/profile/aradhita-saraf-2017
|Kevin O'Connell (BA 2012)
Internship: Dollars and Sense Publisher
"When I began applying for internships, I had hoped to end the summer with a bullet-pointed list of the technical skills and work experience that I had acquired. I’ve got that, of course – and plenty of it – but now that I’m leaving, it hardly seems important at all. There’s so much that I had the opportunity to experience this summer – the groggy-eyed morning commute into the city, the rhythm of working in an office, the chance to actually spend time in a downtown area without a specific purpose, the opportunity to meet people – that I’m more satisfied with the experience as a whole than I am with any particular insight or skill I gleaned."
Internship story: https://www.umass.edu/english/english/profile/kevin-oconnell-2012
Lily Brooks-Dalton (BA 2012)
Peter Arsenault (BA 2012)
Internship story: https://www.umass.edu/english/english/profile/peter-arsenault-2012